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RAK Ceramics publishes ESG report for 2023

by Madaline Dunn

RAK Ceramics has published its Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report for the year 2023.

The company’s core divisions including Tiles, Sanitaryware, Tableware and Faucets, focused on bolstering sustainability efforts through targeted goals and initiatives in 2023, it was shared.

In total, they executed 32 projects aimed at optimising resource usage and reducing environmental impact.

The company also noted that the recently opened Smart Factory helped boost productivity and reduce power and gas consumption.

The sanitaryware division reportedly reduced its energy consumption in air compressors by nearly half through implementing a number of measures, including investing in one of the largest tunnel kilns in the industry, SMART-controlled compressors, and VDF installations.

Meanwhile, the report notes that the faucet division enhanced chrome production productivity, achieving a 48.78 per cent reduction in energy intensity.

The tableware division also decreased the energy intensity of sales and production processes, while the installation of Variable Frequency Drives (VFD) on 34 machines and equipment helped reduce the overall electricity consumption.

RAK Ceramics also moved towards greater circularity through a “multifaceted approach,” in which 100 per cent of non-hazardous waste was either reintroduced in production or recycled by third parties.

The factories reused 16.7 per cent of fired sanitaryware rejects, 92.5 per cent of reclaimed glaze and 100 per cent of greenware sanitary ware rejects.

It also highlighted its partnership with DHL Global Forwarding and Rail Direct (ETIHAD RAIL) for “sustainable logistics solutions.”

Further, RAK Ceramics’ efforts were recognised with the EcoLabel Certification Award by the Ras Al Khaimah Environmental Protection and Development Authority.

On social responsibility, RAK Ceramics increased its Emiratisation rate and the representation of women among administrative employees, and successfully onboarded 319 professionals and optimised the workforce to enhance production capacities, which resulted in 762 employees transitioning to new opportunities.

The company also highlighted its investment in various CSR initiatives last year.

In response to the earthquake in Turkey and Syria, RAK Ceramics partnered with the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation to supply over 1,000 pallets of tiles and sanitaryware products for construction assistance.

Additionally, AED 100,000 was raised and donated to the Emirates Red Crescent UAE and UNICEF to support their ongoing relief efforts in the affected areas.

Abdallah Massaad, Group CEO of RAK Ceramics, commented: “In the ever-evolving landscape of sustainability, RAK Ceramics achieved many important sustainability goals in 2023, including increased energy efficiency, conserving natural resources, and implementing eco-friendly solutions across our entire value chain. We are proud to announce ongoing investments and advancements in our manufacturing capabilities across key regions, including the UAE. This strategic investment not only enhances our production capacity but also reflects our unwavering dedication to delivering excellence in quality, fostering innovation, and ensuring sustainability.”

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