UAE Minister of Health Hamad Rahman Al Madfa, made an appeal to the world’s cement and building material companies to double their efforts in reducing environmental pollution caused by their production processes. The call, delivered by Dr Salem Al Dhaheri, Federal Environmental Agency Director, on behalf of the minister, came by way of the opening speech of the fourth International Conference and Exhibition on Environment Protection in Cement and Building Materials Industries in the UAE.
The minister urged industries to put in place effective strategies for reducing negative effects of the production processes on the environment. “The industries also need increased investment and dedicated separate budgets to ensure clean and pollution-free products,” according to Al Madfa.
This view was confirmed by Saudi Prince Sultan bin Mohammed bin Saud Al Kabir, chairman of the board of directors of the Arab Union for Cement and Building Materials, main organiser of the conference. He said there was no doubt that cement and building materials are blamed for their contribution to environmental pollution. “Therefore, they need to keep a balance between their production and environmental protection.”