CAIRO - 31 March 2022: Sharm El Sheikh International Airport is going green as it will be operated by solar energy within the framework of the State’s efforts to protect the environment and reduce carbon footprint, affirmed Civil Aviation Minister Mohamed Manar.
Efforts are underway in this respect in order to achieve sustainable development goals and cope with Egypt's Vision 2030, he added while attending the signing ceremony of cooperation protocols Thursday to implement solar power plants at Sharm El Sheikh International Airport and on the rooftops of nine hotels in the ''city of peace".
The signing ceremony, attended by Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad and Trade and Industry Minister Nevin Gamea, was held during a celebration organized by the Environment Ministry as part of Egypt's preparations to host the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 27) to the UNFCCC, which will be held in Sharm el Sheikh in November.
In a press release, the aviation minister said that signing the cooperation protocols in cooperation with the Industrial Modernization Center (IMC) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) come as part of Egypt's strategy to expand the use of new and renewable energy and transform Sharm el Sheikh into a green, environmentally friendly city.
Such initiatives come as part of the government's green economy transformation efforts.
UNDP Resident Representative Alessandro Fracassetti, meanwhile, said that the solar energy projects in Sharm el Sheikh International Airport along with several projects in Sharm el Sheikh are being implemented as part of supporting Egypt's sustainable development strategy 2030.
He further said that these projects also aim to attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially the goal which is related to increasing electricity production from renewable sources by 2030 along with the Paris Agreement, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.