Dr. Yasmine Fouad, Minister of the Environment, Ministerial Coordinator and Envoy to the Climate Conference, and Lieutenant General Mohamed Abbas, Minister of Civil Aviation, inaugurated a new solar energy station at Cairo International Airport to support the transition to new and renewable energy in the aviation sector and to address the effects of climate change. The station was implemented in the multi-storey garage at Cairo Airport. This comes Within the framework of coordination between the Ministries of Environment and Civil Aviation to support environmental work, in implementation of the Egyptian state’s plan to reduce pollution rates and limit the effects of climate change, in a way that enhances the trend towards green economic development, and coinciding with the Civil Aviation Day, which falls on January 26, and the National Environment Day, January 27 of each year.
The opening was attended by Mr. Alessandro Fraxetti, Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program, Engineer Yehia Zakaria, President of the Holding Company for EgyptAir, Accountant Magdy Ishak, President of Cairo Airport Company, Dr. Mohamed Bayoumi, Assistant Resident Representative of the United Nations Program, Dr. Hind Farouh, Director of the National Project for Solar Cell Systems, and Dr. Amira El-Sayed, Affairs Consultant Environment and climate change in the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the number of leaders of the two ministries.
Dr. Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment, confirmed that the station that was set up at Cairo Airport comes within the framework of the efforts of the national project for small solar cell systems connected to the grid Egypt-PV, which is being implemented by the Industry Modernization Center in partnership with the United Nations Development Program and funded by the Global Environment Facility and the Ministry of Environment. Completion of the work of supplying, implementing and operating a solar cell station at Cairo International Airport, within the framework of the cooperation protocol between the Ministries of Environment and Civil Aviation represented by the Cairo Air Port Company, with the Industrial Modernization Center – Small Solar Cell Systems Project – and the airport halls were also provided with charging units Mobile devices derive their energy from the solar station and are equipped with display screens showing the amounts of electricity generated from solar energy and other performance indicators of the solar station.
The Minister of the Environment stated that the total capacity of the plant is 300 kilowatt-hours and produces 495 megawatt-hours per year, which helps reduce carbon dioxide emissions to 222.75 tons per year as one of the national contributions to addressing the effects of climate change, which takes place in accordance with the National Strategy for Climate Change 2050 and the Contributions Report. nationally defined and a continuation of the successes of the COP27 climate conference
The Minister of Environment praised the continuous support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) for the environment sector in Egypt, pointing to more joint cooperation in the field of solar energy and the implementation of a new phase of this project.
For his part, Lieutenant General Mohamed Abbas, Minister of Civil Aviation, welcomed Dr. Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment, and the representative of the United Nations Development Program, appreciating the joint cooperation, pointing out that the opening of the solar power plant in the multi-storey garage at Cairo International Airport comes in light of the Ministry of Civil Aviation’s strategy to use new and renewable energy and reduce environmental pollution.