Egypt has partnered with Italy to turn El Gouna into the first carbon-neutral city in Africa.
The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs of the north-African state plagued with political and religious turmoil since 2011 has signed an agreement with Italy’s Ministry of Environment to implement a complex makeover, turning El Gouna, a popular Red Sea holiday resort, into a cutting edge carbon neutral city.
Sunny throughout the year, El Gouna – similarly to other Egyptian cities – is well suited to cover most of its electricity needs from renewable resources, especially from solar power.
Egypt hopes the innovative project will help boost interest of foreign tourists in the city and will serve as an example for other Egyptian municipalities to follow.
Egyptian officials have expressed the bold ambition to make El Gouna the first truly carbon neutral city in the world. "El Gouna would be ready to obtain that title soon, and we will be working on implementing this project in other Egyptian cities," said Egyptian Minister of Tourism, Hisham Zaazou.
Today’s agreement with Italy is a part of a cooperation protocol of Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Power and Energy and Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs, established last year, aiming to support tourism in the country, which is suffering due to ongoing political instability, by creating carbon neutral cities.
"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," said Mister of State for Environmental Affairs, Laila Iskandar.