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Summary: DUBAI -- At least 12.5 per cent of the industrial establishments in Dubai have a high impact on the environment, the Dubai Municipality said after introducing a new classification of industrial firms as part of the efforts to enhance the efficiency of environmental control on such facilities.

DUBAI -- At least 12.5 per cent of the industrial establishments in Dubai have a high impact on the environment, the Dubai Municipality said after introducing a new classification of industrial firms as part of the efforts to enhance the efficiency of environmental control on such facilities.

Abdul Salam Mohammed Saleh, Head of Environmental Monitoring Section at the Environment department said the Section in 2010 applied a new system to classify industrial enterprises into three categories: facilities with high, average and low environmental impact. "This classification was based on three accurate and transparent criteria and we made sure we achieved justice when we applied them on industrial 
establishments.

The three criteria were the size of the facility, type of activity and the extent of commitment to environmental requirements during the last two scheduled visits of inspectors from the Environmental Monitoring Section of Dubai Municipality," he said.

"According to the new classification, the total number of establishments in the emirate is 6,229, of which 778 are facilities with a high environmental impact and 4,439 with average environmental impact, and 1,012 with low environmental impact," said Saleh.

He said the Section had intensified inspection tours of industrial, service and commercial establishments with possible environment effects.

It carried out 4,545 inspections during 2010 compared to that of 3,665 inspections in 2009, which is an increase of 24 per cent.

He said the Section had fixed a target to cover 100 percent of the establishments with high environmental impact and 80 per cent of the establishments with medium environmental impact and 60 per cent of establishments with low environmental impact.

"The final results have shown that all of these targets for 2010 were successfully implemented," said Saleh.

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Date:Jan 26, 2011
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