Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad during a Cairo Climate Talks event on May 2, 2017 - Photo Courtesy of Cairo Climate Talks
CAIRO – 14 December 2018: Egyptian Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad participated in a meeting organized by the Green Climate Fund under the umbrella of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
The meeting tackled adaptation and mitigation programs and projects in developing countries.
During the meeting, the minister pointed out the vitality of carrying out a conceptual change in order to prepare programs to be more suitable for climate change issues. Fouad used Egypt’s recent approaches towards relying more on new and renewable energy as evidence of positive change and the importance of shifting gear to ensure the best for the environment.
Earlier, in November 2018, Parliament’s Energy and Environment Committee has started discussing the spread of electric cars in Egypt to replace gas-fueled vehicles.
Parliamentarian Abdel Hamid Demerdash proposed the topic and noted about the spread of electric cars globally.
Demerdash stressed that Egypt should benefit from experience of other countries in using electric cars.
“By 2040, all cars across the world are supposed to be electric,” said Husseini al-Far, a member of the Electricity Distribution Sector.
He noted that Egypt has been working on a concrete plan, in coordination with different ministries, to adopt the same global trend and use electric cars instead of gas-fueled cars.
“However, we still need more legislations on customs, tax and solar energy stations,” Far added.
In March, Trade Minister Tarek Kabil issued a decision allowing the import of used electric cars, on condition that they are no more than three years old.
Kabil said in a statement that the rules for importing cars in general do not allow the import of used cars, but an exception is permitted for electric cars to encourage the use of these environmentally friendly vehicles.
In addition to the electric vehicles’ contribution to reducing carbon emissions, they are also cost-efficient and are thereby exempted from custom duties, Kabil added.
The minister confirmed the ministry’s keenness to encourage the manufacture of electric cars in Egypt, especially after the launch of a network for the transport and maintenance of electric cars in Egypt.
Kabil said that many countries around the globe are heading towards using these kind of cars, with some countries, such as the United Kingdom, announcing that it will only allow electric cars on roads by 2040.
Unlike conventional vehicles that use a gasoline or diesel-powered engine, electric cars and trucks use an electric motor powered by electricity from batteries or a fuel cell, and therefore they are cleaner than the most efficient conventional vehicles.
Egypt has been working on boosting its car industry, with several companies expressing their interest to invest in the local automotive sector.
Kabil said in previous statements that the current investment in the auto industry is at about $3 billion; $1.6 billion in the automotive industry and $1.4 billion in the feeding industries.
Egypt’s car industry has about 170 companies, including 19 companies that manufacture and assemble passenger cars, buses, micro and minibuses, and transport vehicles, while more than 150 companies are engaged in manufacturing a number of car components.
Additional reporting by Nawal Sayed