The UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) will now remotely monitor quarry and crusher activities.

The central control room for the telemonitoring of quarry operations and crusher works across the UAE, which is located in Al Dhaid, Sharjah, was launched by Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, the UAE’s Minister of Climate Change and Environment.

With the remote-monitoring facility, MOCCAE aims to verify compliance to legislation spelled out in Ministerial Decree No 567 of 2014, which regulates the installation, management, and operation of quarries and crushers in the UAE.

The control room will reportedly enable the ministry to monitor various aspects of operations, including ambient air quality and noise levels, through remote cameras and other surveillance devices promising superior accuracy and clarity.

According to a statement released by the ministry, the system can target multiple facilities at a time, saving hours of work. It is also expected to help simplify annual audits of operations and ensure that occupational health and safety requirements are observed.

The telemonitoring system will also allow the timely flagging of environmental violations, such as excessive emissions of exhaust fumes from equipment and vehicles, to guarantee compliance with the highest environmental standards.

Speaking at the launch of the control room, Dr Al Zeyoudi said: "In line with government directives to safeguard environmental sustainability and implement fully integrated infrastructure, and in a bid to consolidate its leading innovator status at the local and global levels, the ministry adopts best practices in various environmental areas.

"In collaboration with our strategic partners, we have implemented cutting-edge technology for remote monitoring of quarry operations and crusher works with the aim of protecting the environment as well as ensuring public health and safety."

As part of its 2017-2021 Operational Plan, and in coordination with local authorities, the ministry's Department of Environmental Audit will continue to inspect quarries, crushers, and cement factories on a monthly basis.

MOCCAE is also working on the implementation of a special programme that includes workshops and training courses for government employees engaged in the monitoring of industrial facilities.