Red Sea resort hopes to be "carbon neutral" tourist hotspot

Bright blue seas and scorching hot weather aren’t the only things on offer in the Red Sea resort of El Gouna. Egyptian ministers are hoping to reel in the punters […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Bright blue seas and scorching hot weather aren’t the only things on offer in the Red Sea resort of El Gouna.

Egyptian ministers are hoping to reel in the punters by making the city a “carbon neutral” holiday destination.

This week Egypt’s Environmental Minister Dr Laila Iskandar signed a deal with officials from Italy’s Environment Ministry for help analysing the city’s energy use and carbon emissions.

Egypt’s environment department said it will look at using renewable energy in homes, using treated sewage water to cultivate green spaces, recycling 85% of waste and starting local organic farming projects.

El Gouna officials will also consider energy efficiency in buildings, electric vehicles and water recycling.

Dr Iskander said: “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.”

Hisham Zaazou, Egypt’s Minister of Tourism added: “We will be working on implementing this project in other Egyptian cities.”