Abu Dhabi: The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), in collaboration with Modon, has opened the first smog-free tower in the area at Al Hudayriyat Island, supporting initiatives to preserve air quality and lessen the effects of climate change.
HE Mohamed Ahmed Al Bowardi, Vice Chairman of Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, Chairman of Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi’s Executive Committee and Minister of State for Defense Affairs, said that, “The enhancement of air quality is one of our core strategic priorities and something we have worked on for decades. We always strive to implement innovative solutions to ensure that the Abu Dhabi community lives in a safe and healthy environment and this smog-free tower is a perfect example of what we are trying to achieve.”
“We will also explore the possibilities of introducing smog-free towers across other areas in Abu Dhabi in the future. The installation of the tower on Al Hudayriyat Island is a pilot project, as the experience will be evaluated before continuing to install more towers in other areas of the emirate,” Al Bowardi added.
The seven-meter tower purifies 30,000 m3 of air per hour using environmentally friendly positive ionization technology. Ionization technology helps people breathe clean air by creating smog-free air in public areas.
The Smog-Free Tower project is part of the MoU signed between EAD and Modon to implement environmental initiatives to reduce air pollution, protect wildlife, marine life, and natural resources.
Since 2007, the EAD has been in charge of an exclusive network for monitoring air quality. It consists of 20 fixed monitoring stations positioned all over the Abu Dhabi emirate, which are used to closely monitor air quality and provide data with a 99 percent accuracy rate.
Additionally, two mobile stations run by EAD are utilized across the emirate to carry out specialized studies on air quality.