Environment news

Govt mulls custom cuts on imported renewable energy appliances

Electricity cuts
18 Dec 2014
The Finance Ministry is considering slashing duties from the current 20 percent tax to as low as 2 percent on imported renewable energy appliances as specialists in the industry have complained that government quotations for energy...

Egypt's Suez Cement to convert two factories to run on coal

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16 Dec 2014
Suez Cement, Egypt's largest listed cement maker by market value, said on Tuesday it planned to spend 600 million Egyptian pounds ($84 million) in 2015 on equipping two factories to run on coal due to the country's energy crunch....

JODHR warns against significant increase of crayfish in Nile

14 Dec 2014
Justice Organization for Development and Human Rights (JODHR) has warned against crayfish invasion to governorates of Upper Egypt, Delta, Fayyoum, Beni Suef, Aswan and Qena.   In a recent research, the organization said that crayfish...

Fingers pointed as climate talks deadlock

© AFP / by Mariette Le Roux, Richard Ingham | Members of representative commissions of the countries participating in the climate change conferences attend the seventh plenary meeting of the COP20 on December 13, 2014 in Lima
14 Dec 2014
Accusations flew at deadlocked UN climate talks in Lima on Saturday, as the United States warned that failure to compromise could doom the 22-year-old global forum. Running deep into an unscheduled 13th day, the negotiations got mired in a...

Australian scientists announce solar energy breakthrough

08 Dec 2014
Australian scientists said Monday they had made a breakthrough in increasing the efficiency of solar panels, which they hope could eventually lead to cheaper sources of renewable energy. In what the University of New South Wales described...

Developing world may need annual $500 bn for climate by 2050: UN

05 Dec 2014
Developing countries may need as much as $250-500 billion (203-406 billion euros) per year by 2050 to deal with the fallout from climate change, a UN report warned Friday. The projected amount for adaptation costs was several times higher...

Alternative fuel could solve Egypt’s energy crisis --minister

Natural gas field in the Mediterranean
01 Dec 2014
Minister of Environment Khaled Fahmy asserted that the alternative fuel could solve the energy crisis in Egypt. In statements to the Middle East News Agency on the fringe of his participation in Intercem Energy Forum, Fahmy underlined the...

Suez Cement to build wind power station

30 Nov 2014
Egypt’s Suez Cement said invested LE44.5 million (US$6.22 million) to build a waste treatment facility in Kattameya Plant, according to Managing Director of the company Bruno Carré.   Carré said that the company signed a...

Egypt's Environment Ministry to boost river transport

26 Nov 2014
The Environment Ministry is looking to boost river transport up to 25 percent by establishing infrastructure and limiting negative and environmental impacts of transferring merchandise via the Nile river, according to Minister Khaled Fahmy...

Germany eyes capping coal use to meet emissions target

 AFP/File | This photo taken on January 16, 2012 shows steam rising from cooling towers of the coal-fired power plant of Scholven in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany
24 Nov 2014
Germany aims to limit coal use in electricity production to meet the country's target in cutting Earth-warming carbon emissions, according to a document seen by AFP Monday. Sigmar Gabriel, minister for the economy and energy, will...