Stepping up its sustainability initiatives and supporting climate actions in the country, Ajman Free Zone, in partnership with the Ajman Municipality and Planning Department, has installed an ambient air quality monitoring system in door 2 of its industrial zone.
Gate 2 is the chemical free zone cluster dedicated to companies operating in chemical, tobacco and oil and gas activities.
The project saw the free zone deploy state-of-the-art airSense technology to measure and assess the industrial zone’s pollution levels based on existing international standards.
The advanced tool can detect typical air pollutants such as O3, SO2, NO2, CO, CO2, VOCs, formaldehyde and NH3, in addition to PM1, PM2.5, PM4, PM10 and TSP.
Ajman Free Zone formed a technical team to produce reports based on the data collected by the real-time ambient air quality monitoring system. He will coordinate findings with Ajman Municipality and Planning Department for process improvement and proper implementation of protocols. In the event that an industrial company has exceeded acceptable levels, the free zone and the municipality will work with the entity concerned to bring the levels down.
Furthermore, the facility complements the Ajman Free Zone’s sustainable development initiatives launched in line with the UAE’s 2050 Energy Strategy and the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
HE Eng. Ali AlSuwaidi, Managing Director of Ajman Free Zone, said, “The project is part of our overall strategy to reduce our carbon emissions and monitor air quality. Using an ambient air quality monitoring system is one of the innovative ways to help reverse the impact of climate change and advance the sustainability goals of Ajman and the United Arab Emirates United. It also helps solve the growing problem of air pollution which has adverse effects on people and our society.
“This initiative is part of Ajman Free Zone’s commitment to community responsibility as we seek to strengthen our approach to sustainability, reduce our environmental impacts and chart our course towards sustainable business performance aligned with sustainability goals. and the country’s SDGs. The installation of the new system is a strong boost to our climate protection efforts, which we plan to eventually replicate in other areas of our community. We look forward to implementing other similar programs in the future,” added AlSuwaidi.
For his part, Eng. Khalid Moeen Al Hosani, Executive Director of Department of Public Health and Environment Sector, Department of Municipality and Planning of Ajman, said: “Improving air quality is a goal strategic for the department, since air purity is one of the most necessary requirements. to create and maintain a healthy, prosperous and happy society.
“The department is seeking to communicate with relevant authorities to ensure strict enforcement of laws that address the causes of air pollution, which has become a serious global problem, in addition to implementing measures to ensure that all areas of our company comply with relevant regulations. provisions.”
Al Hosani hailed the Ajman Free Zone initiative, which will provide the necessary impetus and inspire other authorities and institutions to initiate similar measures and actions.
Companies operating in the free zone and their employees will remain the main beneficiaries of this technology, as it will positively affect the health and productivity of the workforce, thereby increasing profitability and reducing business costs, while protecting the environment. environment at the same time.
This latest development demonstrates the free zone’s commitment to contribute to the climate change mitigation strategy and to comply with applicable laws and regulations in the country, such as Federal Law No. 24 of 1999 (Protection and Development Environment) and the Federal Cabinet of Ministers. Decree No. 12 of 2006 (Air pollution quality criteria for reference pollutants).