At every site, Emirates Global Aluminium has programmes to protect biodiversity and local habitats.
We work with our stakeholders to conduct detailed ecological field surveys and ongoing monitoring to limit our impact.
We monitor the impacts of our operations closely, including with periodic monitoring of vegetation.
Coral reefs, mangroves and seagrasses continue to flourish in the Ras Ghanada areas where our Al Taweelah smelter is located. Ras Ghanada was designated as a protected area in the United Arab Emirates under Abu Dhabi Plan 2030, and is known for its dense coral and seagrass habitats.
The area also retains considerable ecological value for marine fauna, including dugongs, green turtles, hawksbill turtles, orange-spotted groupers, blotched fantail rays and Indo-Pacific humpbacked dolphins.
On land there are diverse groups of mammals, reptiles, birds, invertebrates and plants.
Before proceeding with any new development, we conduct surveys of resident species and relocate animals outside our area or to other suitable habitats further afield.
We also take considerable effort to conserve natural habitats. Our turtle protection programmes at both Al Taweelah and Jebel Ali preserve the natural nesting areas for turtles on the beaches adjacent to our sites.
In the Republic of Guinea, where our bauxite project is now under construction, we have developed a biodiversity management plan, which aims to achieve at least no net loss to biodiversity.
An important species that lives in the vicinity of our operations in Guinea is the West African chimpanzee. We have commissioned studies of these chimpanzees and are identifying sites for a suitable offset project.