Egyptian Stock Exchange (Photo: Official Egyptian Stock Exchange website)
CAIRO - 27 March 2023: The Egyptian Exchange (EGX) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Global Carbon Council (GCC), to promote regional climate actions and strengthen carbon markets regionally and globally.
This comes after the stock exchange’s recent announcement of launching Africa’s first regulated voluntary carbon market.
The MoU was signed by GCC’s Founding Chairman, Yousef Alhorr, and EGX's Executive Chairman, Rami El‐Dokany.
As an outcome of this agreement, GCC‐issued carbon credits (CCs) will be listed on the EGX platform, thus expanding the marketplace's offerings to buyers seeking a diversified portfolio of CCs, the EGX noted in a statement.
It elaborated that the EGX will leverage GCC’s international profile to advance the growth of the carbon market in Africa and subsequently raise awareness among regional stakeholders, including governments, businesses, and investors, about the importance of use of market instruments to catalyze climate actions.
“Collaboration between carbon offsetting platforms and exchanges is vital to building a well‐functioning marketplace to promote climate action and deliver highly integral mitigation outcomes. By working in unison, these two mechanisms promote transparency, trust, and growth for carbon markets. Ultimately, by doing so, they contribute to a more sustainable, low‐carbon future. We are positive that GCC’s collaboration with EGX will create a lasting impact that will undoubtedly encourage decarbonization of critical sectors by incentivizing businesses pursuing carbon reduction projects,” Founding Chairman of GCC, Yousef Alhorr, said.
“We believe that a real impact will be achieved by a well‐organized workflow between different stakeholders. EGX's collaboration with GCC will help in achieving global climate goals besides creating new business opportunities for the African continent through a transparent and fair ecosystem, this collaboration will increase the liquidity in the market & give investors access to high quality carbon credits which they can use to offset their residual emissions and take their steps towards achieving net‐zero goals,” EGX's Executive Chairman, Rami El‐Dokany, said.
Introduced as an outcome of COP27 and necessitated by the need to normalize carbon trading in Africa, EGX’s carbon market provides Egyptian companies undertaking emissions‐reducing projects with the opportunity to buy or sell carbon credits through a new local trading market instead of relying solely on foreign platforms, EGX offers a platform for trading these carbon credits to local and international buyers, thereby encouraging investment in Greenhouse Gases (GHG) mitigation projects.
GCC is an internationally recognized offset program approved by the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) of United Nations' International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The Council receives a wide range of GHG reduction projects implemented globally and has instituted robust approaches and procedures to safeguard the environmental integrity of the carbon credits sourced through environmental preservation and restoration projects. With approximately 1,500 GHG mitigation project submissions from 40+ countries, GCC program facilitates global stakeholders in implementing climate actions, taking into account the carbon revenues to be accrued over their 10‐year crediting periods. This goes a long way in contributing to achieving the Paris Agreement objective of limiting global warming to 1.5°C.
According to the EGX, the MoU between GCC and EGX marks a significant step towards strengthening the carbon market and improving the liquidity and accessibility of carbon credits through increased transparency and reliability. As part of the agreement, the two entities will also collaborate on development initiatives aimed at improving the efficacy of carbon offsetting mechanisms contributing to the global efforts to tackle climate change.
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