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Egypt endeavors to show Suez Canal inexperienced

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The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) is presently working to scale back the rising air pollution charges and confront local weather change. 

In this context, the authority just lately introduced its plan to declare the canal as a “green canal” subsequent yr. In a TV interview Dec. 14, SCA head Lt. Gen. Osama Rabie stated, “The SCA launched an initiative of 16 renewable energy monitoring posts as part of its digital transition plan, and the Suez Canal will be declared as a green canal in 2023.”

During a Dec. 13 assembly, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi mentioned with Rabie the SCA’s efforts to imagine its worldwide environmental accountability, along with its resolution to present incentives to transiting ships’ operators that comply with environmentally pleasant requirements that contribute to decreasing carbon emissions. 

This resolution goals to encourage ships to make use of liquefied pure fuel and varied sorts of low carbon gas, in order that the Suez Canal shifts right into a inexperienced canal that encourages and helps the preservation of the setting, a press release by the Egyptian presidency stated following the assembly.

Sisi and Rabie additionally mentioned methods to develop the vitality system of the Suez Canal, the place wind and photo voltaic renewable vitality can be used to mild up monitoring stations alongside the canal to scale back air pollution.

On Dec. 21, 2021, Rabie stated in a press interview, “The Suez Canal is supported by three of the most modern vessels that counter the effects of environmental pollution in the canal through modern equipment that disperses oil spills in the shipping lane, and then suck them through skimmers operated from vessels to protect the water from pollution caused by ships.”

He continued, “A number of eco-friendly measures have been taken at the Suez Canal, and there are strict regulations in this regard, with the SCA preventing any container vessel or ship leaking oil or petroleum from entering the canal’s navigational line. We also take periodic samples to measure and monitor pollutants in the water. As it is classified as the shortest shipping route, the ships would consume less fuel and therefore emit less toxic gas.”

On Jan. 3, the SCA introduced using renewable vitality to function the 16 monitoring stations alongside the canal with a view to cut back fuel emissions as a part of its inexperienced initiative.

In April 2019, the SCA introduced the constructing of Egypt’s first inexperienced port in East Port Said. The announcement got here after the SCA signed a contract with SESCO Trans Egypt to design, build, manage and operate a multipurpose terminal at East Port Said port, with a technology that adheres to environmental requirements for a period of 30 years.

East Port Said Director Ali Assem told the press back then, “The contract consists of the construction of the East Port Said port berth in an integrated eco-friendly manner, and the port will be surrounded by vast green spaces to reduce the negative impact on the environment.”

In July 2019, Sisi discussed with Egyptian Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouly mechanisms to turn the Egyptian ports into green ports, by establishing a joint ministerial technical working group tasked with developing modern options to environmental issues.

Egypt has in recent times elevated its inexperienced tasks. On Jan. 10, the Egyptian Ministry of Planning and Economic Development introduced a rise within the share of inexperienced tasks to 30% of the state funding plan, and a 50% share in 2024-25.

Egypt has additionally adopted a plan to extend reliance on renewable vitality sources and to create extra inexperienced areas with a view to protect the setting and cope with local weather change ensuing from air pollution and fossil fuels. In May 2019, the federal government introduced the formation of the National Council for Climate Change tasked with creating the state’s normal insurance policies in countering local weather change.

In December 2020, the council’s excessive committee held its first assembly, headed by Madbouly, who known as on the council to organize a normal technique to confront local weather change and to current its framework to the committee in its subsequent assembly.

On Aug. 1, 2021, the committee held its second meeting during which Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad presented the national strategy for climate change and its objectives.

She said, “The plan ensures the achievement of low emissions in various sectors, increasing [the share of] renewable and alternative energy sources in the energy mix, and preserving natural resources and green spaces.”

In November, Egypt will host the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 27) to the UNFCCC in Sharm el-Sheikh.

The environmental adviser at the Federation of Egyptian Industries, Mohamed al-Zarqa, told Al-Monitor, “The Suez Canal’s plan to rely on renewable energy, especially solar energy, and motivate ships to conserve the environment is a necessary step in light of the high pollution rates.”

He said, “It is necessary to reduce pollution in order to protect the Suez Canal from the environmental effects of shipping. The SCA has been keen to motivate these ships to preserve the environment.”

He noted, “The climate in Egypt has been significantly affected by the high pollution rates and the high dependence on fossil fuels. Therefore, the government is working to follow the transition plan to renewable energy, in the Suez Canal and all ports and projects.”

Egypt is increasingly relying on renewable energy in generating electricity. The Ministry of Electricity said in a assertion on Nov. 23, 2021, “Egypt has developed a strategic plan that sets a renewable energy target of more than 42% by 2035 of the energy mix.”


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