El-Gouna among first African cities to become ‘carbon neutral’
Urban development minister Laila Iskander - YOUM7 (Archive)

RED SEA, Egypt: The Egyptian and Italian ministries of Environment signed an agreement on Monday in the city of El-Gouna in Hurghada to start implementing a project aiming at making tourist facilities “carbon neutral.”

Egyptian Minister of Environment Laila Iskander stated that this initiative would support the current government’s policies to develop the tourist and environmental fields.

On a further note, Minister of Tourism Hisham Zaazou added that Sharm el-Sheikh will be the next tourist city to implement the project.

The signing protocol was also attended by the Italian Ambassador in Cairo Maurizio Massari, Red Sea Governor Ahmed Abdallah and Samih Sawiris, CEO of Orascom Development Holding.

The satellite of the Technical University Berlin opened in Gouna in 2012 also works to support sustainable energy development, prepare young cadres to engage in green projects and respond to Egypt’s needs in renewable energy.

This comes amidst the Ministry of Environment’s launch of a conference to discuss the implementation of energy reduction strategies and developing the use of natural energy resources.

Originally published in Youm7.

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