As a large industrial corporation, Dubai Aluminium Company Limited (“DUBAL”) – an entirely state-owned enterprise that operates the world’s largest modern primary aluminium smelter with a captive power station – is keenly aware of the potential impact that its operations may have on the environment and the surrounding community. Accordingly, the company not only acknowledges the importance of preserving precious natural resources, but also acts responsibility towards the environment by consciously minimizing the quantity and type of harmful emissions and effluent discharges from its Jebel Ali site. In addition, DUBAL supports and engages with governmental and non-governmental organisations that promote environmental awareness and positive environmental actions within the greater Dubai community.
A case in point is the Dubai Municipality ‘Clean Up the World 2009’ campaign, held from 27 to 30 October, of which DUBAL is a silver sponsor. Supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (“UNEP”), this annual campaign is part of a global environmental initiative that attracts more than 40 million participants in over 120 countries each year.
In addition to providing financial sponsorship of the Dubai Municipality campaign, DUBAL also hosted a clean-up campaign within its own premises on 27 October – focusing specifically on the Residential Area (home to approximately 1,500 bachelor employees), beach frontage and Water Filling Station (where water produced by DUBAL’s Desalination Plant is sold and discharged into water tankers). Employees from across DUBAL’s operations were invited to participate in the clean-up activities. Dr Ronald Otte (Manager: EHS & Technical Services) reports that 48 DUBAL volunteers responded to the invitation and together collected about 500 bags of litter. “It is always heart-warming when there is such an enthusiastic response,” says Dr Otte. “Not only does it demonstrate a commitment to the environment at individual level, but it also shows that our employees are supportive of DUBAL’s goals.”
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