At the Union for the Mediterranean Ministerial conference in Cairo last Monday, October 4, the Egyptian Minister of Environment, Yasmine Fouad, announced a major measure: Egypt wants to turn half of its programs into green projects by 2024.
With Cairo as its capital city, the most polluted city in the world according to a Forbes report in 2018, Egypt suffers from significant air pollution, which has a name: the black cloud (because of the many pollution peaks that cause clouds of this color over the cities).
In order to reduce this pollution, the authorities have adopted several measures in recent years, such as the provision of new nuclear power plants that are less polluting, as well as a vast program of wastewater treatment, funded by the Egyptian government and European and Asian partners, among others.
This Monday, Mrs. Fouad announced before the various partners of the UFM (Union for the Mediterranean) that half of the government’s programs would turn green by 2024, while recalling that the richest states had promised, in 2009, an allocation of 100 billion dollars per year in support of climate measures taken by the less developed countries.
A measure that follows the Egyptian government’s commitment to climate
In line with these initiatives, Mrs. Fouad also recalled the action of the Egyptian government to kill two birds with one stone: creating jobs for young people while seeking to reduce CO2 emissions and other forms of pollution. This has been achieved through a special program dedicated to young people, allowing them to recycle some agricultural waste for use as biofuels.
The Minister of Environment also announced that Egypt is applying to host the COP 27 (Annual Conference on Climate Change) in 2022.