ABU DHABI – Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Sovereign’s Representative in Al Dhafra Region and Chairman of the Board of the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD), The Agency today announced the launch of the “Green Industry Environmental Labeling Programme.
The innovative program is designed based on international best practices in the field of eco-labelling while taking into account the nature of the industrial sector of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
The program aims to build solidarity partnerships to promote and appreciate the contribution of industrial facilities in the field of environmental protection.
The “Green Industries” environmental labeling program encourages industrial facilities to find innovative solutions to control pollution and apply the best environmental practices leading to increased levels of environmental compliance in all sectors, by granting a “label environment” to organizations with exceptional environmental performance.
The program was launched during an event organized at the EAD headquarters in the Al Mamoura building by Dr. Shaikha Salem Al Dhaheri, Secretary General of EAD, in the presence of Mohammed Saeed Al Nuaimi, Deputy Under-Secretary of the support services sector of the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment.
Also present were several representatives of government entities and strategic partners of the country, in addition to representatives of various industrial sectors.
During the event, EAD bestowed honorary recognition on selected industrial establishments for their impeccable environmental compliance with environmental laws, legislations and conditions. The facilities were also recognized for their investment in applying best practices in research and development to find innovative environmental solutions for pollution control and natural resource conservation. All in support of the UAE Green March and to help realize the Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 initiative, created to integrate the three aspects of sustainable development; economic, social and environmental.
The honor was awarded to Emirates Global Aluminium, the world’s largest producer of “premium aluminium” and the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside the oil and gas sector. Nawah Energy Company (Nawah), the joint venture subsidiary of Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), in charge of the operation and maintenance of the Barakah nuclear power plant, the first civilian nuclear power plant in the United Arab Emirates and the Arab world , located in the Al Dhafra region and Al Wafi Food Products, part of the Wafi group of companies, were also awarded.
The three facilities have been recognized for their outstanding environmental performance, judged by environmental inspections and environmental monitoring reports, which have demonstrated the effectiveness of the companies’ environmental management in applying best practices to reduce pollution and protect the environment. ‘environment.
The program will award establishments a Green Industries label based on environmental criteria divided into four main categories. The first category is resource demand management, which aims to rationalize consumption, while considering the optimal use of energy and the preservation of resources. The second category concerns the reduction of pollution from primary and secondary operations.
The third category concerns entities that, in the opinion of the EAD, have an impeccable history of compliance with the requirements of the EAD. This is based on compliance scores that are included in facility monitoring reports, combined with EAD environmental inspection reports.
Finally, the program also includes an assessment category that recognizes new and innovative approaches by entities to protect the environment, promote economic growth and improve the quality of life for Abu Dhabi residents. Industries must meet criteria in all four categories to be recognized and awarded a “Green Industries” environmental label.
In a speech delivered at the initiative’s inauguration event, Dr Al Dhaheri said, “This program was created to support the guidelines issued by the United Arab Emirates and the Government of Abu Dhabi in the field of environmental protection and sustainability of its natural resources, stemming from the diligent and continuous work established by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed is carried on by our able leadership, and the point culmination of EAD’s ongoing efforts to ensure the continued development of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is in compliance with the highest environmental standards.”
Dr. Al Dhaheri said, “The launch of ‘Green Industries’ is fully aligned with Abu Dhabi’s recently launched industrial strategy and is part of our comprehensive program to protect environmental gains in Abu Dhabi through an integrated strategy for sustainable development, the integrated management of water resources and the improvement of air quality and waste management. This multi-disciplinary effort contributes to conserving biological diversity, increasing environmental awareness and developing EAD’s institutional capacity, as well as contributing to the UAE Net Zero by 2050 strategic initiative.”
Dr. Al Dhaheri added: “Several countries are implementing environmental labeling programs to achieve their strategic goals. Studies have proven that companies’ commitment to their environmental responsibilities towards society contributes to increased performance efficiency and facilitates market access, in addition to improving the reputation of these companies. local and global community businesses. They face the challenges of viewing environmental tools as a cost center, not a source of revenue enhancement. Our main objective of this program is to make consumers aware of the environmental impacts of industrial processes and the importance of choosing the most environmentally friendly products. Changing market demand for green products will encourage these companies to apply best environmental practices in order to attract more consumers.
The launch of the new program aims to celebrate industrial facilities that adopt and respect the best environmental standards during the manufacturing process, with the “Green Industries” label granted for a period of one year.
The Agency has been working on upgrading its portfolio of compliance activities, and now, through its Green Industries programme, industrial facilities can apply for the label online.
The Agency will review and assess applications, with visits to participating facilities to ensure compliance with program criteria. The Green Industries label will be awarded to compliant facilities to market their business and products.
Following the launch of the program today, EAD will conduct extensive training for facilities in various industry sectors to educate them on how to comply with the program criteria and application procedures. This is in addition to the launch of an extensive media campaign to raise consumer awareness of the program’s objectives and publicly recognize facilities that have been awarded the “Green Industries” label.