Emirates Global Aluminium announces Aluminium Recycling Coalition

Members includes the Abu Dhabi Waste Management Company, BEEAH, DULSCO and many others

The Aluminium Recycling Coalition has been launched by Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA). The coalition was launched at EGA’s facility in Al Taweelah in the presence of His Excellency Abdullah Bin Touq Al Marri, UAE Minister of Economy, and Her Excellency Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Almheiri, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment.

Members of the coalition include EGA, Abu Dhabi Waste Management Company (Tadweer), Aujan Coca-Cola Beverages Company, Coca-Cola Al Ahlia Beverages Company, BEEAH Tandeef, Pepsi-bottler Dubai Refreshment, CANPACK, Crown Bevcan EMEA, DULSCO Group and Veolia.

“The Aluminium Recycling Coalition is led by Emirates Global Aluminium, the biggest ‘premium aluminium’ producer in the world and the heart of the broader aluminium sector in the UAE, which generates over US $5bn annually in the national economy. It will enhance the UAE’s position as a global leader in international efforts towards green development, support our 2031 goals on the circular economy, and contribute to building a knowledge-based economy that is more resilient and competitive,” said Al Marri.

EGA said the initiative aims to drive a step-change in aluminium recycling in the UAE and will promote aluminium recycling by UAE consumers, particularly beverage cans – as millions of individual decisions every day on which bin to use drive collection rates.

In late December 2021, EGA pays off Al Taweelah project finance facilities early.

Aluminium plays an essential role in the development of a more sustainable society. The metal’s properties are ideal to make everything from packaging to lightweight electric vehicles, and aluminium is infinitely-recyclable. Around the world, aluminium is the most-recycled material, with more than three-quarters of the aluminium ever made still in use today, the firm explained.

As its first project, the coalition will support a study by the International Aluminium Institute on aluminium recycling rates and behaviours in the UAE, in a bid to understand the scale of the opportunity and potential solutions. The International Aluminium Institute is the global trade association for the aluminium industry, and are conducting similar studies around the world, it added.

The coalition also expects to provide support to Government on aluminium recycling regulation and policies, and to work together to further the development of aluminium recycling infrastructure.

Almheiri stated, “Aluminium demand is expected to grow worldwide by between 50% and 80% by 2050, because of the key role of this infinitely recyclable material in achieving Net Zero. Cooperation throughout the value chain, such as the Aluminium Recycling Coalition, will speed the decarbonisation of our economy in line with the Net Zero by 2050 Strategic Initiative. I wish EGA and the other members of the Aluminium Recycling Coalition every success in their collective endeavour.”

In early February 2022, EGA announced plans to build a 150,000 tonnes per year aluminium recycling facility.

His Excellency Ali Al Dhaheri, CEO of Abu Dhabi Waste Management Centre (Tadweer) noted, “We are delighted to be a partner of the Aluminium Recycling Coalition founded by EGA, and are excited to usher in the next era of aluminium recycling in the UAE through concentrated efforts. Recycling and circular economy are both key pillars of our country’s ambition towards prosperity. For us at Tadweer, this is also part of our commitment to support national platforms that support sustainability and raise awareness on the importance of recycling in the UAE.”

Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, Chief Executive Officer of Emirates Global Aluminium concluded, “Recyclability is one reason aluminium is so important for human progress, but every day as a society we throw too much of this valuable metal away. By championing the Aluminium Recycling Coalition, EGA aims to increase aluminium recycling rates in the UAE to the benefit of our society and economy. I thank all our partners for joining us in this initiative.”

In late December 2022, EGA said it would supply CelestiAL solar aluminium to Kobe Steel.

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