We recognise the importance of controlling greenhouse gas and other emissions for society, our customers and our industry. Our research and technology development focuses on reducing the amount of energy required to produce each tonne of aluminium, curbing both costs and emissions. We also employ technologies to treat and control emissions.
In the United Arab Emirates, emissions are regulated by government. Each year we set our own targets to at least comply with these regulations and aim for improvement.
We have reduced the total greenhouse gas emissions produced per tonne of aluminium by 10% since 2011.
In 2016, EGA’s total greenhouse gas emissions, including power generation and desalination, were less than 8 tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent per tonne of aluminium. This is the draft performance standard set by the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative for existing smelters to meet by 2030.
EGA’s emissions of perfluorocarbons, one type of greenhouse gas generated in the aluminium smelting process, are amongst the lowest in the industry at less than 0.07 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per tonne of aluminium in 2016.
EGA is a member of the International Aluminium Institute and supports the Institute’s voluntary target of a 93% reduction in perfluorocarbon emissions by 2020 (using 1990 as the baseline). EGA Jebel Ali achieved this reduction by 2015 - five years early.
Our Al Taweelah smelter’s fluoride emissions performance is also one of the best in the global industry with an intensity of 0.25 kilogrammes of fluoride per tonne of aluminium produced. This is about half of the global industry average.
We also focus on reducing our NOx emissions, which affect air quality and are produced mainly by our power plants. NOx is also produced by motor vehicles.
In November 2016, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched the UAE Government Accelerators programme, which involves collaboration between the public and private sectors to make rapid progress in achieving Government priorities for society over 100-day period.
The Ministry of Climate Change & Environment selected EGA to participate in one of the first five UAE Government Accelerators projects, to reduce NOx emissions from our power plants by 10 per cent in just 100 days.
By the end of the 100-day period in late February 2017, we had reduced the NOx emissions by 16%, based on annual running hours, exceeding the target. This is the equivalent of removing 450,000 cars from the UAE’s roads.