EGA to mark Earth Hour 2018

ABU DHABI, The Emirates Global Aluminium, EGA, the largest industrial company in the UAE outside the oil and gas sector, today announced that it has saved over 70,000 kilowatt hours of electricity over the past year, through its weekly observance of Earth Hour.

The annual Earth Hour, which will take place tomorrow, aims to encourage people around the world to switch-off non-essential electrical devices for an hour, to inspire action to protect the environment.

The EGA has participated in Earth Hour annually since 2008, and has increased its own observance to monthly in 2015, and weekly in 2016.

It also saved over 30,000 kilogrammes of CO2 through its weekly Earth Hours since last March, the equivalent to taking six cars off the road.

Abdulla Kalban, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the EGA, said, “The savings from our weekly participation in Earth Hour are modest, but the true impact is in changing mindsets. As an energy-intensive industry, reducing the amount of energy we use to make each tonne of aluminium saves both costs and emissions. Everyone has a role to play in reducing energy use at the EGA, and more broadly in society, for our planet.”

The EGA has focussed on technological innovation for over 25 years, to improve the energy efficiency of its smelting process, saving costs and emissions. Its technology development and earlier work since 1980 have reduced the amount of electricity required to produce each tonne of aluminium by 37.5 percent.

The EGA also saves around AED5 million each year in energy costs, by implementing energy conservation ideas from shop floor staff.

Source: Emirates News Agency