Emirates Float Glass (EFG) has been awarded the Emirates Appreciation for the Environment Award 2015 in recognition of its environmentally friendly production practices.

EFG was recognised for achieving the lowest carbon footprint among factories across the region. The company’s carbon footprint level of 553 grams of carbon dioxide emission per kilogram of glass is among the best global ratings

Ghassan Mashal, EFG General Manager, said: “The prestigious Emirates Appreciation Award for environment is a testimony of EFG’s contribution and commitment to sustainable development.

“Since its inception, EFG has adopted green initiatives in the production processes, which not only offer environmental benefits but has also lead to economic value, through decreased cost of waste disposal, and enhanced access to energy thus lowering the overall production costs.”

The Emirates Appreciation award, conferred under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, is a bi-annual recognition by Zayed International Foundation for Environment, which promotes sustainable living and environmentally conscious initiatives in the UAE.

EFG is a subsidiary of Dubai Investments PJSC and was the first integrated float glass facility in the UAE.

Float glass produced by EFG contains between 59% and 67% regional raw material, which is in line with the international sustainability requirements. Additionally, EFG uses 6.2% post-consumer recycled materials for production.

The EFG facility is equipped with machines from Europe, US and Japan and has a 100% capacity utilisation, the highest benchmark for efficiency levels worldwide.

The manufacturing unit currently holds a production capacity of 600 tonnes of clear molten glass per day and more than 90,000 tonnes of glass products per year.