ABU DHABI, 22nd June / WAM / The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi visited Emirates Global Aluminium, to learn more about its strategic and operational commitments towards protecting the environment and its efforts to reduce emissions.
The agency was also briefed on the environmental management system of Emirates Global Aluminium, which was developed in accordance with the environmental laws and regulations of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and international best practices.
During the visit, the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi team, led by Dr. Sheikha Salem Al Dhaheri, Secretary-General of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi and in the presence of members of the executive management team, was briefed on the progress of EGA’s manufacturing operations, its sustainable environmental practices, and the measures it takes to reduce emissions and waste.
Dr. Al Dhaheri said: “Since its establishment, the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi has been keen to cooperate and build partnerships with industrial sectors to preserve the environment by strengthening and activating its role in implementing federal and local environmental laws and legislation, in addition to ensuring the industry. Institutions and institutions monitor their own operational processes to achieve better environmental results. .
“Our goal is to prevent the negative effects of development and help industries make a positive commitment to the environment. This can only be achieved through existing cooperation to achieve our goals of preserving our natural heritage,” she added.
Faisal Al Hammadi, Acting Executive Director of the Environmental Quality Sector at the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, said that the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi determines the extent to which industrial facilities comply with environmental requirements through periodic inspection visits and environmental monitoring reports. The reports include the results of the facilities’ efforts to reduce carbon emissions, develop their environmental performance, and apply best management practices, operational controls and innovative solutions.
He added, “Emirates Global Aluminium has distinguished itself in the optimal use of resources, providing ideas and solutions to raise production efficiency, reduce waste, and prevent pollution to ensure the protection of the environment by following international best practices and conducting scientific research.”
Al Hammadi noted that the challenge facing many alumina refineries around the world is how to manage the primary by-product, bauxite residue. “However, through our collaboration with EGA during the planning stages of the Al Taweelah alumina refinery, EGA and EGA worked together to design a state-of-the-art storage facility to protect the environment. Furthermore, EGA looked for innovative conversion solutions bauxite waste into reusable materials.
Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, CEO of EGA, said that EGA is also an active member of the Aluminum Stewardship Initiative, which promotes sustainability best practices in the industry, and has worked to align the company’s sustainability strategy with ASI’s performance standards.
Bin Kalban continued, “We are particularly pleased to share with Dr. Al Dhaheri the progress we have made in finding viable uses for bauxite residue. About 150 million tons of bauxite are produced each year globally, and only about 2 percent is used in productive use. We have achieved Significant R&D achievements which we believe will eventually see all residual bauxite produced in the UAE reused in the UAE We have already had significant success with other by-product streams, such as spent lining, which is now a feedstock for the cement industry In the UAE “.
“EGA is at the forefront of innovations related to sustainability – not only through solar aluminum, which we call CelestiAL, but also through our technology developments such as water drainage cooling towers, a first in the region, and the current feasibility studies for hydrogen use. green across our operations, as well as biodiversity protection programs and community engagement work.”
As the regulator of environmental affairs in Abu Dhabi, the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi has developed modern technological tools and mechanisms that ensure compliance of industrial facilities and development projects with environmental laws and environmental requirements.