More than 92 per cent of the world’s population lives in places where air quality exceeds guideline limits set by the World Health Organisation. With the right controls, technology, monitoring programmes and values, there is no reason why the aluminium industry should contribute towards poor air quality.
We implement detailed monitoring plans and efficiency programmes, optimising power operations and upgrading technology to minimise emissions from own natural gas-fired power plants.
Through emission reductions initiatives in 2016 and 2017UPDATE, we reduced our standard operating NOx emissions by 16%, the equivalent to removing 450,000 cars from the UAE roads.
EGA adopts the reduce-reuse-recycle philosophy to minimise waste generation, and has an ongoing aim of sending zero process waste to landfill, in accordance with our waste management strategy.
Our technical advances and upgrades devised by our in-house technology teams identify means of reducing waste generation associated with aluminium production.
For instance, our latest technology solutions are able to achieve a 34% reduction in SPL production (kg/ t Al) compared with past technologies.
By volume, spent pot lining (SPL) is one of our principal waste streams generated as part of aluminium production. We have made significant progress finding an economic use for SPL - and today, 100% of the SPL we generate is used as feedstock by other industries in the UAE.
We are all dependent on healthy, functioning ecosystems. Biodiversity plays a vital role in maintaining these ecosystems both now and for future generations.
EGA implements initiatives across all of our sites in order to protect biodiversity and local natural habitats. At our Al Taweelah facility, we began observing hatchings of
Hawksbill Turtles (a critically endangered species) in 2010. Consequently, we now prepare the beach each year to encourage successful nesting and hatching. Our monitoring has confirmed the successful hatching of several thousand Hawksbill Turtles.