New government initiative will promote energy conservation
Belmaol'conference - YOUM7/Salah Saied
By RANDA EL-BANNA

CAIRO: The ministers of electricity, petroleum and a number of international energy companies announced at a press conference Monday they will participate in an initiative to promote energy conservation to counter the current Egyptian energy crisis.

Called “Belmaol”, or “Being rational”, the initiative aims to get citizens to ration their use of energy and resources and reduce consumption by up to 20 percent. Belmaol will start an intense media campaign to raise awareness about conserving energy, and companies like Shell, BG, Apache, Dana Gas, GDF Suez, British Petroleum and Eni will participate.

Minister of Electricity Mohamed Shaker said he is proud to launch the initiative and that there are many solutions that can be used to ration the use of energy. He said there is a government plan to save energy by switching out old light bulbs in ministries and government institutes for new, energy-saving bulbs and to widen the use of solar energy after the success of establishing solar cells on top of 1,000 government buildings.

He also talked about using solar and renewable energy for high-consuming energy projects like factories and resorts, and investments to establish new power plants. He said power sources must be diverse and environmentally friendly.

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