EFG has been recognized for achieving the lowest carbon footprint among factories across the region – the company’s carbon footprint level of 553 grams of carbon dioxide emission per kilogram of glass is among the best global ratings. The Emirates Appreciation award, conferred under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, is a bi-annual recognition by Zayed International Foundation for Environment, which promotes sustainable living and environmentally conscious initiatives in the UAE. The award is divided into five categories and EFG is being honoured for its environmentally-friendly initiatives in the Small and Medium industries category.A total of 120 nominations were received by the Awards Committee, out of which 79 made it to the next stage before the final winners were selected.
Ghassan Mashal, EFG General Manager, said: “The prestigious Emirates Appreciation Award for environment is a testimony of EFG’s contribution and commitment to sustainable development. Since its inception, EFG has adopted green initiatives in the production processes, which not only offer environmental benefits but has also lead to economic value, through decreased cost of waste disposal, and enhanced access to energy thus lowering the overall production costs.”
EFG is committed to its unique Carbon Management Programme since 2012, which covers all aspects of the company’s manufacturing unit, be it the use of chemicals, disposal of industrial waste and air pollution levels, thus maintaining its balanced efforts to achieve sustainable development and upholding responsibilities towards all stakeholders including the community.
The float glass produced by EFG contains between 59% and 67% regional raw material, which is in line with the international sustainability requirements. Additionally, EFG uses 6.2% post-consumer recycled materials for production.
The EFG facility, equipped with state-of-the-art machines from Europe, US and Japan, achieves 100% capacity utilization, the highest benchmark for efficiency levels worldwide. The hi-tech manufacturing unit currently holds a production capacity of 600 tonnes of clear molten glass per day and over 190,000 tonnes of glass products per year.