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Three Larne companies have scored highly in the fifth Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey, announced by Business in the Community’s ARENA Network campaign.

Larne Borough Council came in at platinum level while Caterpillar and Kilwaughter Chemical Company benchmarked in Quintile One.

Aerospace giant, Bombardier Aerospace meanwhile, was revealed as this year’s top scoring company overall.

The survey, which is supported by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and Fleet Financial, annually assesses top businesses in Northern Ireland for their environmental management, performance and assurance.

With almost 300 organisations from 15 different sectors invited to take part, including top 200 companies and leading public sector organisations, 119 organisation participated this year and the average overall score increased from 71 per cent in 2012 to 77 per cent.

Chair of ARENA Network, David Gavaghan, added: “Year-on-year, the survey results give us tangible confidence that environmental measurement is firmly one of the top issues that corporates are managing.”

2013 has proven to be a fantastic year with the highest average score recorded since the Survey began in 1998, demonstrating a greater adoption of environmental practice and a better understanding of the Survey. It is very encouraging to see so many businesses seeking to care for our