KILLORGLIN'S Astellas Ireland pharmaceutical plant has been named as overall winners of IBEC's annual Environmental Awards.
The plant won both the overall environmental excellence award and the environmental management award at a ceremony which took place in Dublin last week.
Both awards were accepted by Brona Tennyson and Eamonn Foley on behalf of Astellas Ireland.
The IBEC awards are the Irish stage of the 2014 European Business Awards for the Environment and Astellas will now go on to compete with companies from across Europe at the continental finals in November 2014.
Astellas won the award in recognition of their efforts to preserve and protect the River Laune, an important salmon and trout fishery, which runs close by the Killorglin plant. Astellas were also recognised for embracing their scenic location through what was cited as their active consultation with the local community and seeking their views prior to undertaking big projects such as the on-site wind turbine.
The company have also provided public walkways, seats and flora and fauna information boards along the river bank and its surrounding nature reserve.
In addition to its work along the Laune, Astellas have also taken on responsibility for the clean up and removal of contaminated material from Glannagilliagh landfill, even though the factory had never dumped waste in the site.
Other projects undertaken by Astellas include installing an on-site wind turbine to generate 20 per cent of the electricity the plant needs and installing a wood chip boiler to supply 90 per cent of the factory's heating requirements.