AES sparks up 10 year partnership with nature

What started with the discovery of a rare bee orchid at Ballylumford Power Station back in 2005, this year sees AES UK and Ireland celebrate a decade of working in partnership with Ulster Wildlife to help secure a better future for local wildlife and wild places.

From supporting the local charity’s nature conservation work as a platinum corporate member, the partnership has evolved to include an innovative Biodiversity Internship, providing a dedicated biodiversity resource for AES people, an ongoing schools education programme to inspire local children about the power of nature, to teams of AES people creating space for nature on its sites.

Carla Tully, President of AES UK and Ireland said; “Our partnership with Ulster Wildlife has been a foundational element of our long-standing biodiversity programme for the last 10 years. Together we work to protect the important species that live and visit our generation sites, and improve awareness of biodiversity in our communities through external volunteering and education programmes.

“AES is proud of the difference we have been able to make during our partnership with Ulster Wildlife, and we look forward to working together to set a new standard for corporate engagement with biodiversity in Northern Ireland.”

Jennifer Fulton, Chief Executive with Ulster Wildlife said; “We are delighted to celebrate 10 years of working together with AES, one of our longest-standing corporate supporters.  This mutually-beneficial partnership is a shining example of leadership and innovation; it shows how AES sees beyond simply financial support and the environmental challenges of carbon and waste, and recognises the need to go one step further and help in nature’s recovery by taking action for biodiversity.

“We hope that other energy companies will follow AES’ lead and put nature conservation at the heart of their businesses too.”

To mark their 10th anniversary, a range of events have been lined-up to help AES staff and their families deepen their connection with nature and the local communities in which it operates, including a family wildlife day at Antrim Castle, environment awareness days at Kilroot and Ballylumford and a practical volunteering day at Straidkilly Nature Reserve.

To find out more about the various ways businesses can play their part to secure space for nature in Northern Ireland, visit www.ulsterwildlife.org/corporatesupport