Firms sign sustainability agreement
Two Northern Ireland companies have agreed to invest heavily in protecting the environment in exchange for a cut in official red tape.
Linden Foods and Linergy process meat in Dungannon, Co Tyrone. They have signed a deal to reduce carbon emissions by a quarter and encourage suppliers to improve farm sustainability.
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has said if the company maintains good performance it will conduct fewer inspections, rewarding good performance.
Environment Minister Mark Durkan said: "There is no shortage of talk about sustainability. There is, however, a shortage of real action.
"This Prosperity Agreement shows Northern Ireland is different. My environment agency has sat down with two companies and the parties have agreed real actions to bring environment and economic objectives together."