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Egypt and IEA join forces to promote clean energy and reduce emissions

Both parties partner to develop CCS plans, boost renewables, and strengthen data analysis in the energy sector.

Egypt and IEA join forces to promote clean energy and reduce emissions
[Source photo: Anvita Gupta/Fast Company Middle East]

Egypt has been pushing to increase renewable energy production. With perpetual sunshine and windy Red Sea coastlines, it is well-positioned to go green. Yet it is also a developing country, and much of its infrastructure is powered by fossil fuels.

Any carbon emissions cap does not bind Egypt, but it has vowed to mitigate and curb its emission rises across key polluting sectors, such as electricity and transport.

Its latest green initiative underscores the country’s commitment to reducing emissions — adherence to the Global Methane Pledge and the Zero Routine Flaring by 2030 Initiative.

Now, the country signed a joint work program with the International Energy Association to slash emissions, diversify its energy mix, and boost carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects.

The program covers six key areas: Developing scenarios and supporting CCS plans and programs, expanding renewable energy and hydrogen production, strengthening data analysis and data provision sustainability in the energy sector, improving energy efficiency, reducing carbon intensity, and assessing the impacts of climate change on the energy sector.

“The world is now looking for security, affordability, and sustainability of energy supplies. As a producer and exporter of natural gas as the cleanest hydrocarbon fuel, Egypt is also well positioned to play a key role in the global energy transition through renewables,” said Egypt’s Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Tarek El Molla.

He also highlighted the importance of cooperation between the two sides in reducing emissions and accelerating renewable energy and hydrogen production.

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