Elec­tric trans­port, re­new­able en­ergy in spot­light

En­vi­ron­men­tal ex­perts con­firm Egypt qual­i­fied as man­u­fac­tur­ing cen­tre for elec­tric cars

The Daily News Egypt - - Business - Min­is­ter of En­vi­ron­ment, Yas­mine Fouad

Min­is­ter of En­vi­ron­ment, Yas­mine Fouad, said that the in­tro­duc­tion of elec­tric and eco-friendly cars in Egypt is achieved through an in­te­grated sys­tem which in­cludes the pro­vi­sion of ap­pro­pri­ate poli­cies and strate­gies. Fur­ther­more, the min­istry is in­tro­duc­ing the pri­vate sec­tor in this field,in ad­di­tion to the trained work­force in or­der to deal with these tech­nolo­gies, to en­sure the re­al­i­sa­tion of sus­tain­abil­ity con­cepts, and com­pre­hen­sive de­vel­op­ment.

In her speech at the ‘Sus­tain­able Trans­port in Egypt’ con­fer­ence, Fouad ex­plained that the sus­tain­able trans­port project in Egypt started seven years ago, in con­junc­tion with the trend to­wards re­duc­ing emis­sions, and in or­der to cope with the ef­fects of cli­mate change and en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion.The project prompted the min­istry to search for the “most ap­pro­pri­ate means to re­duce emis­sions”, in­clud­ing the con­struc­tion of mul­ti­storey garages and the use of elec­tric ve­hi­cles, as some of the in­puts made by the min­istry dur­ing the last pe­riod.

Fouad stressed that the Egyp­tian gov­ern­ment has iden­ti­fied, for the first time in its his­tory, some de­ter­mi­nants of en­vi­ron­men­tal ob­jec­tives to im­prove the qual­ity of the en­vi­ron­ment in­clud­ing a 50% cut in solid par­ti­cles un­der 10 mi­crome­tres in di­am­e­ter in air by 2030,adding that the sys­tem could only be com­pleted by en­abling the youth. Hos­sam Al­lam, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Cen­tre for En­vi­ron­ment and De­vel­op­ment for the Arab Re­gion and Europe,said that talks about the in­tro­duc­tion of means of electrical trans­port in the Arab re­gion be­gan two years ago, es­pe­cially in Egypt. He added that Egypt is qual­i­fied to be­come a hub for man­u­fac­tur­ing elec­tric cars, re­fer­ring to Morocco as an ex­am­ple. Morocco started to pro­duce elec­tric ve­hi­cles five years ago, and has since be­come one of the world’s busiest man­u­fac­tur­ing cen­tres.

Mo­hamady Eid, rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the New Ad­min­is­tra­tive Cap­i­tal, said that the Cap­i­tal will be the first green smart city in Egypt, adding that it will be built on 170,000 fed­dan, in­clud­ing only 15% of the area for roads of 240 me­tres in width and just 40 me­tres in­side res­i­den­tial ar­eas, in or­der to cut emis­sions and en­sure clean air.

He ex­plained that the build­ing of the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment is the first fa­cil­ity that has been ad­dressed to es­tab­lish so­lar pan­els, which will be ap­plied in 34 min­istries in the gov­ern­ment dis­trict, along with all roofs of build­ings, schools, and hospi­tals. He noted that the gov­ern­men­tal sec­tor alone will out­put 4 MW.

Quote: 34 build­ings in New Ad­min­is­tra­tive Cap­i­tal us­ing so­lar en­ergy

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