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On Monday, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) released a statement saying that Egypt has seen a 2.13% rise in carbon emissions over the 2014/2015 period.

This increase has been attributed to a greater consumption of petroleum products and natural gas, the Egypt Independent reported.

According to the CAPMAS statement, the biggest single source of carbon dioxide emissions in Egypt is the electricity sector, which is a large consumer of petroleum products, accounting for 42.6 percent of the nation's total CO2 emissions during 2014/2015.

CO2 emissions on steady rise

The statistics body added that other major contributors were the transport sector (17.9%), the industrial sector, (17.2%), and the domestic and trade sectors (8.0%).

The North African country has set an ambitious target of attaining 20% of the country’s electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

[quote]According to CAPMAS, renewables have so far accounted for 14,798MW/hr in 2013/14, compared with 14,618MW/hr in 2012/2013, representing an increase of 1.2%.

In December, Egypt secured $500 million from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to help fast-track the country’s new solar power initiative, which aims to develop a total of 2,000MW to be distributed over 40 utility-scale projects.

The funds, which have been earmarked for this year (2016), will be used towards the development of several plants and will help the country achieve its goal of generating 20% of its total power generation from renewable resources.

Omitting use of ozone-depleting substances

According to local media, the statistics body also announced that Egypt has managed to largely phase out ozone-depleting substances in line with the goals of the Montreal Protocol.

Egypt consumed 10 tonnes of bromomethane gas in 2014, compared to 92 tonnes in 2013, representing a decrease of 89.1%, said the agency.

In addition, the country put a stop to the use of halon gas in 2007 and the chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in 2011, according to the CAPMAS statement.