EAD tack­les harm­ful ef­fects of as­phalt pro­duc­tion

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Abu Dhabi’s en­vi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tor, the En­vi­ron­ment

Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), has ex­tended its Eltezam com­pli­ance cam­paign to tar­get the dam­ag­ing ef­fects of as­phalt pro­duc­tion in the Emi­rate. Eltezam (mean­ing com­pli­ance in English) is en­sur­ing ad­her­ence to en­vi­ron­men­tal laws as part of a con­tin­ued fo­cus on in­dus­trial man­u­fac­tur­ing. The as­phalt in­dus­try rep­re­sents the fourth phase of the cam­paign, af­ter the pre­vi­ous three fo­cused on the ready-mix, fiber­glass and metal coat­ing sec­tors.

As­phalt is a high-vis­cos­ity black oil sub­stance ex­tracted through the process of crude oil dis­til­la­tion, which is the main ma­te­rial used in paving roads and run­ways. The man­u­fac­tur­ing of as­phalt in­cludes the stor­ing, dry­ing and mix­ing of raw ma­te­ri­als that can emit dust and other fine par­ti­cles, po­ten­tially also pro­duc­ing car­bon monox­ide and car­bon diox­ide, prod­ucts that may be haz­ardous to the en­vi­ron­ment and hu­man health. The ef­fects can fur­ther cause soil con­tam­i­na­tion and con­trib­ute to in­dus­trial waste.

EAD re­cently held a work­shop for rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 16 as­phalt man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­i­ties to re­in­force the spe­cific re­quire­ments in ob­tain­ing the rel­e­vant en­vi­ron­men­tal per­mits.

The Eltezam Cam­paign aims to pre­vent or re­duce the neg­a­tive im­pact of ur­ban­i­sa­tion on the en­vi­ron­ment, by en­sur­ing com­pli­ance to lo­cal en­vi­ron­men­tal laws, in­ter­na­tional stan­dards and best prac­tice. EAD will carry out rou­tine in­spec­tions to de­ter­mine fa­cil­ity com­pli­ance us­ing a spe­cialised com­puter soft­ware tool, mon­i­tor­ing any reg­u­la­tory vi­o­la­tions. In­spec­tors will re­view all ap­pro­pri­ate records, sys­tems, equip­ment and li­censes, is­su­ing a rec­om­men­da­tion re­port for any breaches. In­spec­tion of the as­phalt man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­i­ties is set to be­gin early next year.

Ahmed Al Wa­heebi, unit head, En­vi­ron­men­tal Com­pli­ance and Au­dit, En­vi­ron­ment

Qual­ity Sec­tor at EAD, said: “With Abu Dhabi un­der­go­ing rapid ur­ban devel­op­ment, the Eltezam cam­paign is try­ing to en­sure the emi­rate is built with sus­tain­abil­ity at the core of its con­sid­er­a­tions. With a re­newed em­pha­sis on safer as­phalt man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­cesses, we hope to raise greater aware­ness and re­duce any re­lated ad­verse en­vi­ron­men­tal ef­fects.”

An EAD in­spec­tor at an as­phalt pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity

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