The Environmental Performance Card is an initiative designed to support the Ministry's motto 'Towards a Green Production 2021'.
The EFG facility, which launched a unique Carbon Management Programme early in 2012, was assessed by technical specialists from the government department. Covering all aspects of the company's manufacturing unit, the evaluation particularly assessed the use of chemicals, disposal of industrial waste and air pollution levels, against the environmental requirements prescribed under Federal Law 24 (1999).
Mashal said: "The adoption of green production is already offering us economic and environmental benefits. Economically, we have decreased the cost of waste disposal operations, and enhanced access to energy and raw materials, which lowers production costs. Environmentally, the quantity and effect of our pollutants has reduced, along with health risks and industrial accidents. We champion the adoption of sustainable production and the preservation of human life and ecology."
EFG has achieved a carbon footprint level of 553 grams of carbon dioxide emission per kilogram of glass, which is among the best global ratings. Float glass produced by EFG contains between 59 and 67 per cent regional raw material, which is in line with international sustainability requirements. Additionally, EFG uses 6.20 per cent post-consumer recycled material for production.
The company's facility, which is equipped with state-of-the-art machines imported from Europe, the US and Japan, achieves 100 per cent capacity utilisation, 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 year.
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. The AED700 million-factory has been operational since 2009.