Government reduces energy use through bulb switch
Energy saving light bulbs - REUTERS
By AYA IBRAHIM

CAIRO: The traditional light bulbs at the Education Ministry headquarters were replaced by energy-saving ones for the purpose of rationalizing the electricity consumption, Minister of Education Mahmoud Abu-Nasr said in a statement Wednesday.

The shift comes in  response to the initiative launched by Ministry of Electricity  during the Arab Conference on Investment and Environment, which was held Tuesday in Hurghada, the capital city of the Red Sea governorate.

The initiative aims to install photovoltaic power cells, which are responsible for producing energy out of sun light, on rooftops of all the ministry’s buildings across the country, Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Dr Mohamed Shaker said during the conference.

“Replacing the traditional light bulbs in all the governmental buildings with energy-saving ones, is the initiative’s main target,” Shaker added.

The cabinet’s reaction to the initiative was “prompt” as it ordered the change to be applied  on all governmental buildings and ministries, including 1,000 buildings in the first stage, Shaker said.

Egypt is seeking to increase its dependency on solar energy in the power generation by 25 percent  before 2027, added Shaker.

“We strive to cope with all the negative effects resulted from the energy crisis,” governor of the Red Sea Ahmed Abdullah said Tuesday during the conference, adding that all efforts will combine to tackle Egypt’s looming energy crisis.

Abdullah added, “the government is prioritizing issues regarding enhancing Egypt’s global image and opening the way for  tourism projects and cities to be among the leading carbon-neutral cities.”

Furthermore, head of Luxor antiquities department Ibrahim Suleiman was quoted by al Mal newspaper as saying that the American Research Center installed solar panels on Luxor temple last week in order to generate electricity.

“If this attempt succeeded, it would be implemented in all the temples of the province,” Suleiman said.

Suleiman added that almost 15 solar panels were installed inside the temple to generate power to meet the temple’s electricity requirements throughout the day.

Additionally, Giza Governor Ali Abdel Rahman said Friday that the governorate headquarters will start using solar power to reduce electricity consumption by 30 percent, Youm7 reported.

In an attempt to preserve the environment and increase “green tourism,” a number of tourist areas in Egypt shifted to use clean or renewable energy sources.

Minister of Tourism Hisham Zaazou signed a protocol January 29 with the Environment Ministry, the Italian Ministry of Environment and chairman of Hurghada’s resort of al-Gouna in order to implement an integrated plan to become a carbon-neutral resort.

Additionally, Civil Aviation Minister Hossam Kamal said May 13 that using solar power in Egypt would save 70 million EGP ($9.8 million) a year and that the ministry is considering using it in runways and other airport facilities, Youm7 reported.

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