UAE industrial firm Emirates Global Aluminium recycled over 96,000 tonnes of waste in 2017.
The number was up 25% from 77,000 tonnes in 2016, due to the company’s reduced stockpiles from previous years having found economically-viable solutions.
Salman Abdulla, EGA’s Executive Vice President of Health, Safety, Security, Environment, Quality and Business Transformation, said: “At EGA our long term aspiration is that everything we produce can ultimately be a product with an economic use. We just have to work with other industries to find those uses.”
“Economists call this system, where one industry’s by-products become another industry’s feedstock, the ‘circular economy’. This is clearly the right thing to do for business and the planet.”
EGA has also found economic re-uses with cement through its smelting operations in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, where it uses spent pot lining (SPL) as fuel and refractory material. Last year, it supplied twice as much SPL to UAE cement plants than it produced.
The firm is also seeking solutions for carbon dust from its smelter in Al Taweelah, where it is currently building an alumina refinery. It claims the project is the first in the UAE and the second in the Middle East.
In addition, EGA is working on research projects on the potential re-use of bauxite residue, a by-product of alumina refining, with The University of Queensland’s School of Agriculture and Food Sciences. The research explores the combination of bauxite residue with agricultural and domestic wastes to create soil for greening and other uses in the UAE.
It will operate a dedicated bauxite residue storage site in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi.For all the latest industry news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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