Two Northern Ireland companies sign up to a new 'green' agreement
Two Northern Ireland companies have agreed to invest heavily in protecting the environment in exchange for a cut in official red tape.
Dungannon companies Linden Foods Ltd and Linergy Ltd signed the world-first environmental agreement with the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.
The Prosperity Agreement will cut bureaucracy for the companies if they undertake a series of 'green' pledges.
They now have to reduce carbon emissions by 25%, cut energy and water use, reduce waste and improve sustainability in the supply chain.
If the companies maintain good performance they will receive fewer inspections from the Environment Agency.
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said the deal would turn environmental issues from barriers to business into economic growth opportunities.