Carbon footprint for Smart ID project drops by 50%
Emirates ID stresses it will further decline by 20% more during 2015
The Emirates Identity Authority has revealed that it has succeeded in reducing the smart identity card project's carbon footprint by 50% and announced the drop would reach 70% by 2015. The results come from a study conducted by Masdar in the framework of the partnership between the two organisations and are said to be due to the re-engineering of processes as part of the authority's previous strategic plan. A statement from the Emirates Identity Authority said: "The re-engineering of processes has helped improve national ID issuance and population register operations, leading to the saving of five million working hours for the Authority and the customers, and well over AED 470 million of operational expenses during the past five years."The Emirates ID emphasised that based on the study by Masdar and in fulfilment of the Authority's commitment to reduce the harmful environmental impact from its operations, it has put in place a plan to reduce carbon footprint by 15 - 20 % during the period 2014-2015. This would be achieved through constant improvement on its procedures with respect to the identity card and in line with the strategic plan 2014-2016. One of the objectives behind the strategic plan is to improve the quality of operations with a sense of social responsibility.
The authority pointed out that this accomplishment is a direct result of its environmental strategy which revolved around sustainability and aims at contributing to the UAE Vision 2021 and the country's green development strategy.