Environmental controls

Faisal Al Hammadi, acting executive director of the environmental quality sector at EAD, said: “Since its establishment in 1996 as the competent authority in Abu Dhabi responsible for the implementation of environmental laws and regulatory controls in the emirate, we have taken several steps to provide a well-established regulatory framework in line with the directives and the vision set by the Abu Dhabi government to preserve the environment. We achieve this by applying best practices and the highest international regulatory standards in order to ensure the achievement of the emirate’s long-term economic vision in a way that preserves our natural heritage for a better future for all.”

He added: “The EAD derives legal and executive powers from 14 federal and local laws, as it implements policies in accordance with these laws. It is EAD’s responsibility to monitor environmental compliance and the enforcement processes, which are designed to help prevent environmental damage and reduce habitat degradation and loss.”

Khaled Al Hajri, section head for e-compliance and enforcement at the EAD’s environmental quality sector, said: “We at the EAD strive to work with the concerned authorities to prevent environmental damage. We are also intensifying our efforts to work closely with facilities and institutions operating in the emirate of Abu Dhabi to ensure we are providing full knowledge of the various environmental legislations, which contribute to limiting or minimising environmentally harmful acts, thus avoiding exposure to any penalties or fines. The compliance rate of establishments and projects licensed by EAD has reached 97 per cent.”

Keeping pace

The EAD is making unremitting efforts to keep pace with the rapid development witnessed by the emirate by working with relevant partners and making use of the latest smart electronic tools and systems. This enables inspectors to conduct environmental inspections with high levels of accuracy and efficiency, and to ensure the extent of compliance of licensed projects, facilities and activities with environmental conditions.

In addition to evaluating risks and enhancing the implementation of the integrated environmental compliance system, these tools also assist the Agency in preparing assessment reports for the various industrial sectors and provide a more comprehensive picture of the emirate’s environmental status, which supports effective decision-making that serves both the environment and society.

Additionally, the EAD is keen to build the capabilities of Emiratis in all technical environmental fields by granting a number of the EAD’s employees judicial officer status after they have been qualified in various environmental specialisations, including assessment, licensing, auditing, environmental compliance, air pollution, soil, and diversity, biodiversity, and marine fishing.