Garmco launches major green initiative

MANAMA: Gulf Aluminium Rolling Mill Company (Garmco) – a Bahrain-based international aluminium rolling mill, and one of the largest downstream facilities in the Middle East – has embarked on a transformative role in shaping the climate agenda through the Garmco Green Initiative that sets the stage in steering the company’s vision for a sustainable future in a tangible direction.

The initiative is the culmination of years of best practice in eco-friendly processes, and provides the template for the company’s new strategic direction of being a champion of environmental causes.

As a result, Garmco has been in the forefront of developing some of the most high-quality products from recycled aluminium, and also ensuring that energy efficiency is at the heart of the way production processes are conducted.

The mill has been praised for injecting greater environmental controls across its operations – not only in the use of more scrap but also in promoting recycling as a strategic necessity.

The initiative received a further boost last week when the company obtained the ISO 14021:2016 certification for successfully promoting best practices in environmental management across the organisation.

The assessment for Garmco’s certification was conducted by TUV Nord.

The certification further endorses the company’s continuing efforts in minimising the adverse impact of climate change through the environmentally and eco-friendly processes already in place, and through its wide-ranging portfolio of recyclable products.

Commenting on the certification, the company’s chairman Basim AlSaie said: “At Garmco, we have always been passionate for protection of the environment. Obtaining the ISO 14021:2016 certification was thus a natural evolution in this direction. We place high priority on the need to have environmentally-friendly products and processes as part of our commitment towards a sustainable growth while conserving the environment.”

Recycling aluminium in the company’s state-of-the-art re-melt and recycling facility completes the full cycle and uses only 10 per cent of the energy that is needed for primary aluminium production, he said.

“Garmco can now offer rolled products with some of the highest and most stringent environmental standards that top manufacturers demand.”

Mr AlSaie said the company was thankful for the guidance and support received from the Supreme Council for the Environment, which continues to “play a powerful role in shaping and influencing eco-friendly policies”.




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