Dubai Supreme Council embraces world’s first green aluminium initiative

By Amirtha P S, Desk Reporter
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The 63rd meeting of the Dubai Supreme Council chaired by H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, discussed the plan of supporting the production of green aluminium under the name ‘CelestiAL’.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, Ahmed Buti Al Muhairbi, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Energy, attended the meeting along with the board members.

The meeting discussed several topics including the precautionary measures taken by the Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) against COVID-19 and the council’s decision to reduce fuel surcharge for electricity and water.

The council further reviewed the work of Dubai Municipality’s Waste to Energy project to treat solid waste using direct burning technologies to generate thermal energy and convert it into clean electrical energy for export to the grid.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer
Vice Chairman
Dubai Supreme Council of Energy

“The green aluminum initiative is the first of its kind in the world to produce aluminium using solar power in EGA operations. DEWA will supply electricity from the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. This project supports the competitiveness of EGA in the global market. Aluminium produced from solar power is an important element and ideal for industrial uses. We expect this product to have an added market value, as it supports our efforts to reduce carbon emissions and promote sustainable development in the UAE.”

The Council highlighted the increase in the renewable energy share in Dubai’s energy mix which recorded 9 percent surpassing the target of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to provide 7 percent of Dubai’s total power capacity from clean energy sources by 2020 and 75 percent by 2050.

The leadership’s efforts to ensure a decent life for Dubai residents, in light of the savings achieved in fuel consumption due to the increase in solar energy production was mentioned during the meeting.

“The meeting reviewed the Waste to Energy project’s progress, which is expected to treat 5,500 tonnes of Dubai Municipality’s daily waste and produce 200MW of electricity by 2023,” said Al Muhairbi.