Professor Alan Davison, who has conducted similar studies at other aluminium smelters around the world, was in Abu Dhabi to assess damage to vegetation from air pollution. He conducted a visual study to analyse the effects of fluoride emissions from the Al Taweelah smelter and concluded there was no 'significant impact' on either vegetation or animal life in the area.

Saeed Fadhel Al Mazrooei, president and CEO of EMAL, said that environmental protection had been at the core of EMAL's activities.

"The vegetation around our facility provides an important source of data. They are highly sensitive and provide an excellent visual record of the impact of our operations on the local environment," Al Mazrooei said.

According to Al Mazrooei, it is vital that EMAL ensures that the local flora is healthy and that EMAL's impact on the environment and the local community is minimal.

Professor Davison's study focuses on EMAL's Phase l development. He plans a second study to examine Phase ll expansion in order to comply with the aluminium giant's Operational Environmental and Social Management Plan (OESMP).

Davision recommended control measures to enhance environmental protection at EMAL and has provided guidance to staff on how to study and monitor vegetation.