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Case Studies

The case studies on these pages are mostly rooted at home, although we have also illustrated good practice from organisations outside of Northern Ireland.

We encourage you to read these introductory articles and get in touch with the listed contacts if you want more detailed information. Use them as inspiration, copy them, reinterpret them or just admire them. 


NI Water's Source to Tap Project

A major €5.3M cross-border project, to improve water quality in rivers and lakes in the Erne and Derg catchment areas which provide water that serves parts of counties Fermanagh, Tyrone, Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Longford has launched.

Sustainable Drainage at Clandeboye Primary School

Clandeboye Primary school in Bangor, has in a first for Northern Ireland, created a rainwater garden in its 4 acres of woodland to reduce and prevent the risk of flooding. The innovative flagship project by NI Water and the Department of Infrastructure, was a £70,000 investment in part of wider SuDs system costing £1.7 million.

Farmers unite to green up the Glens

Thousands of new native trees are taking root across a Northern Ireland landscape which, although famously scenic, is extremely lacking when it comes to trees and woodland. It’s all thanks to the Heart of the Glens landscape partnership scheme, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. 

Moving the North West towards Zero Waste

Grassroots lobby group, Zero Waste North West, is making a palpable and commendable difference in raising awareness and increasing action towards a circular economy through various zero waste campains in the North West region.

Belfast: Becoming a Sustainable Food City

Farm to fork mentality is catching on with the help of the Belfast Food Network. The project, set up by Sustainable NI in 2014, brings together different partners to help make healthy and sustainable food a defining feature of Belfast city. In this way, food is being used to to address some of today’s most pressing social, economic and environmental problems including dietary health, food poverty and climate change.

Granville Ecopark: Turning waste into a resource

Granville Ecopark Ltd in Dungannon is making waves in the area of energy from waste, utilising locally collected food waste and garden waste as a resource to contribute 4.8 MW of renewable energy into the Northern Irish electricity grid.

Derry City and Strabane District Council trial low-emission car club

Enterprise Rent-A-Car is a global car rental company has been working towards sustainable development since 2013, focusing on advancement of alternative fuels and clean technologies. In recent years, Enterprise has established car clubs as an alternative to traditional car ownership models and now Derry City and Strabane District Council is availing of their low-emission car leasing scheme for essential staff travel within the district.

Upcycling and revitalising repair skills in Belfast’s Repair Café

Repair Cafés provide a quirky remedy needed to move away from a throw-away society and one has just launched in Belfast. The volunteer ran café advocates for a circular economy - to minimise waste through maximising existing resources achieved through extending and revitalising the lifecycle of an item. The initiative encourages upcycling and repair skills which act as a way of inspiring people to become more mindful before they throw an item away.

Environmental Awareness in City Hotel Derry

The City Hotel Derry is a four star hotel on the banks of the River Foyle in the centre of Derry-Londonderry. The hotel was built in 2002 and caters for business and leisure guests in its 158 bedrooms, as well as functions such as weddings and conferences. The site is a detached building with 8 floors and a basement garage. The building's gross floor area is approximately 14,400m2.

Project 24 breathes new life into Bangor

Opened to the public in April 2013, Project 24 is an innovative and impressive regeneration project which has captured the public’s interest, bringing vibrancy and interest to Bangor, a polular seaside town in Northern Ireland.