Abu Dhabi launches green label campaign for eco-friendly industrial companies

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The Environment Agency of Abu Dhabi has launched a green labeling program as part of its 50-year plan to make the UAE capital the best in the world for ecological conservation.

The Green Industries label, which is a major initiative of Abu Dhabi’s recently launched industrial strategy, encourages industrial facilities to find innovative pollution control solutions and apply environmental best practices, according to a press release from the media office. from Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

Organizations that achieve outstanding performance will be awarded an environmental label by the agency, the statement said. It will be valid for one year.

“The launch of Green Industries is part of our overall program to protect environmental gains in Abu Dhabi through an integrated strategy of sustainable development, integrated water resources management and water quality improvement. air and waste management,” said Shaikha Salem Al Dhaheri. , secretary general of the agency.

“This multi-disciplinary effort helps preserve biological diversity, increase environmental awareness, and contribute to the UAE Net Zero strategic initiative by 2050.”

The UAE is taking the lead regionally and stepping up efforts to achieve its goal of reaching net zero emissions by 2050 through a far-reaching green strategy focused on shifting to renewable energy and adopting new technology.

The Emirates have seen the largest increase in renewable energy capacity in the world over the past decade, Australian aggregator Compare the Market said in a May report.

Capacity jumped to 2,540 megawatts in 2020 from 13 MW in 2011, according to the report.

“The main objective of this program is to raise awareness among consumers about the environmental impacts of industrial processes and the importance of choosing the most environmentally friendly products,” said Ms. Al Dhaheri.

“Evolving market demand for green products will encourage these companies to apply best environmental practices in an effort to attract more consumers.”

The agency awarded the honorary green label to Emirates Global Aluminium, the largest industrial company in the UAE outside the oil and gas sector; Nawah Energy Company, the operator of the Barakah nuclear power plant, and Al Wafi Food Products, which is part of the Wafi Group, according to the statement.

All three facilities were judged through environmental inspections and monitoring reports. The establishments were rewarded for their compliance with environmental laws and their investments in research and development to find innovative solutions in the fight against pollution and the preservation of natural resources.

The program will award facilities a Green Industries label based on environmental criteria in four categories.

The first is resource demand management, which aims to rationalize consumption, while considering the optimal use of energy and the preservation of resources.

The second category relates to reducing pollution from primary and secondary operations, the agency said.

The third category includes entities that have a history of compliance with agency requirements. The program also includes an assessment category that honors entities’ innovative approaches to protecting the environment, promoting economic growth and improving the quality of life for Abu Dhabi residents.

Industries must meet criteria in all four categories to earn the Green Industries label, the agency said.

Industrial facilities can apply for the label online. The agency will review applications, with visits to participating facilities to ensure they meet program criteria.

The Green Industries label will be awarded to compliant facilities to market their business and products, the agency said.

It will train industry sector facilities on how to comply with the program’s criteria and application procedures.

Updated: July 16, 2022, 09:09

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