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Emirates Float Glass unveils carbon management programme.

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15 May 2012

Members of Green Technologies awarding LEED Certification to Emirates Float Glass.
Members of Green Technologies awarding LEED Certification to Emirates Float Glass.

Emirates Float Glass (EFG), one of UAE's largest state-of-the-art integrated float glass facility, subsidiary of Glass LLC and wholly-owned by Dubai Investments (DI) PJSC, has unveiled its Carbon Management Programme as part of an endeavor to reduce its overall carbon footprint.

Taking a first step, EFG recently appointed sustainability consultants Green Technologies to conduct a carbon footprint analysis of its world-class manufacturing facility in Abu Dhabi. The study, based on the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, a corporate accounting and reporting standard from the World Resource Institute and World Business Council for Sustainable Development, indicated 553 grams of carbon dioxide emission per kilogram of glass, which is among the best global ratings.

Ghassan Mashal, General Manger, Emirates Float Glass, said: “Our efforts have resulted in a significant reduction of manufacturing waste, enhanced energy conservation and mitigated harmful effects on the climate. These outcomes demonstrate our commitment to sustainability and will help us call upon every individual and corporate to do their share in reducing carbon footprints.”

Float glass produced by EFG contains 59-67 per cent regional raw material. In line with the US Green Building Council’s LEED Rating System for New Construction, procuring materials from neighboring facilities in the UAE, Oman, and Saudi Arabia allows the company to qualify for LEED points under Materials Credit MRc5: Regional Materials.

Additionally, EFG uses 6.20 per cent post-consumer recycled content, contributing further to the LEED Materials Credit MRc4: Recycled Content.

The Emirates Float Glass facility is equipped with machines imported mainly from Europe, the US or Japan. The plant has achieved 100 per cent capacity utilization, the highest benchmark for efficiency levels worldwide. The hi-tech manufacturing unit currently holds a production capacity of 600 tons of clear molten glass per day and over 190,000 tons of glass products per annum.

Built at a cost of over AED700 million, the factory is operational since 2009. In addition to clear glass, EFG also produces a wide variety of tinted glass such as bronze, grey and green, as well as reflective coated glass.

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