El Gouna city to become ‘carbon-neutral’
El Gouna, January 30, 2014
A deal to implement an integrated plan for the Red Sea city of El Gouna to become carbon-neutral was signed recently in Egypt.
The agreement, which was signed by the Egyptian Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs, the Italian Ministry of Environment and El-Gouna City, will make it into the first city of its kind in Egypt and Africa, and one of the leading carbon-neutral cities in the world.
Dr Laila Iskandar, Egyptian Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, said: "This agreement will help the Egyptian government to achieve a significant breakthrough in the fields of environment and tourism, enhancing Egypt's global image and opening the door for Egyptian tourism projects and cities to rank among the leading carbon-neutral entities."
The project will have significant advantages for Egypt in protecting the environment, and promoting tourism at the local, regional and international levels by incorporating the new transition to renewable energy, she said.
The agreement is part of the co-operation protocol signed by the Ministry of Tourism; the Ministry of Power and Energy; and the Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs recently, to support Egyptian tourism projects to help the environment by creating carbon neutral cities.
This protocol has strong support at the international level, and represents an important step towards achieving global environmental goals. - TradeArabia News Service