EAD tackles harmful effects of asphalt production
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