Tadweer honours EGA, other entities for their efforts in waste reduction
The Abu Dhabi Waste Management Centre, Tadweer, has honoured four Abu Dhabi-based entities that annually generate more than 250 tonnes of waste for their outstanding efforts in minimising waste production at source through adopting the latest technologies and best practices in integrated waste management.
At a special event, Tadweer honoured Emirates Global Aluminium, EGA, alongside Al Diar Dana Hotel, NMC Specialty Hospital, and Agility Engineering and Contracting Company. Launched in 2013, Tadweer’s initiative to recognise companies that demonstrate a strong commitment to waste reduction aligns with its priority to promote innovative waste management programs that support the objectives of the Abu Dhabi Integrated Waste Management Plan. The plan aims to minimise commercial and industrial waste in the emirate in a phased manner with the active participation of major waste producers.
Among the honorees, EGA developed a successful and cost-effective waste recycling model. The company has been collaborating with leading UAE-based cement manufacturers since 2010 to reuse spent pot lining, a major waste stream of aluminum smelting.
Last year, EGA provided cement companies with more than 41,000 tonnes of spent pot lining for use as an alternative fuel and raw material, more than it produced, making EGA a world leader in the re-use of this waste. Using SPL as an alternative feedstock also reduces CO2 emissions from cement manufacturing. Overall, last year EGA achieved a 15 percent reduction in waste generation and increased its recycling from 96,000 tonnes in 2017 to over 102,000 tonnes in 2018. It also diverted 34 percent more of waste from landfill compared to 2017.
Dr. Salem Al Kaabi, General Manager of Tadweer, said, “This initiative aligns with Tadweer’s plan to address the continued rise in waste production due to rapid population growth and urban expansion in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Achieving our key objective of minimising waste at source while mitigating pollution and other adverse environmental impacts of waste production requires collective efforts at all levels."