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Egypt: Green Star Hotels “Download” the Sun

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 9, 2014
At the end of November, participants of a workshop in Munich, Germany, debated Egypt’s attempt at making the most use of the sunlight available in the country. The Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Munich and Upper Bavaria organised a one-day seminar, offering presentations on energy and renewable policy in the North-African country. 35 participants from solar thermal and solar PV system suppliers, consultancies and institutions used the opportunity to learn more about the important role of solar energy in Egypt and the 100,000 green hotel rooms programme. The figure shows the slogan “Download the Sun”, which had already been adopted in several event in 2013. 
Figure: GIZ

Egypt Starts Green Tourism Initiative with Hotel Solar Obligation

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 4, 2013

While Egypt is still making headlines for its unstable political situation since the revolution almost two years ago, there seems to be a newly emerging political commitment to solar thermal energy. On 22 January, the Egyptian Minister of Tourism, Hisham Zaazou, announced a solar water heating programme for the hotel sector at Cairo's “Green Energy: A Need for Sustainable Tourism” conference. The recommendations which the minister presented to more than 300 conference participants had been developed together with the German Agency for International Cooperation, GIZ, and the Egyptian Solar Energy Development Association (SEDA). “The need for green transformation in the Egyptian tourism sector is a vital request that needs to be realised for the future growth and sustainability of the sector,” it says in the final declaration (see the attached document). Among the short-term projects that need to be started immediately is an obligation for hot water production and energy-efficient lighting in hotels. The photo shows the speakers of the main panel during the conference (from left): Werner Koldehoff, German consultant, Michael Bock, German Ambassador to Egypt, Hisham Zaazou, Minister of Tourism, and Dr Ibrahim Samak, Managing Director of German company Engcotec.
Photo: GIZ

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