The Red Sea city of El Gouna in Egypt, with the help of the Italian ministry of environment, is to implement an integrated plan to become a carbon-neutral city. This will make El Gouna turn into the first city of its kind in Egypt and Africa, and one of the leading carbon-neutral cities in the world.

The agreement was signed by Laila Iskandar, Egyptian minister of state for environmental affairs, Hisham Zaazou, minister of tourism, Corrado Clini, director general of the Italian ministry of environment, and Samih Sawiris, chairman of Orascom Development Holding as representative of El Gouna city.

Iskandar says that this agreement will help the Egyptian government to achieve a significant breakthrough in the fields of environment and tourism, enhancing Egypt’s global image and opening the door for Egyptian tourism projects and cities to rank among the leading carbon-neutral entities.

The project will stimulate Egypt’s tourism industry and grab greater international attention, as well as strengthening the Egyptian government’s efforts to develop the environment and tourism sectors. Zaazou says that El Gouna would be ready to obtain that title soon, and we will be working on implementing this project in other Egyptian cities.

The agreement is part of the cooperation protocol signed by Egypt’s ministry of tourism; the ministry of power and energy; and the ministry of state for environmental Affairs on December 14, 2013, to support Egyptian tourism projects to help the environment by creating carbon neutral cities. This protocol has strong support at the international level, and represents an important step towards achieving global environmental goals.