I wrote – Engy Abdel Sattar:
Based on Cabinet Resolution No. 2738 of 2022 regarding the launch of a national initiative for smart green projects in the governorates of the Republic, in preparation for Egypt’s presentation of the Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change “COP 27 ”, the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, in coordination with the Ministries of Environment and Local Development, began to form and convene initiative committees and address all governors of the republic to participate and nominate projects in the coming days.
Dr. Hala Al-Saeed, Minister of Planning and Economic Development and supervisor of the initiative confirmed; The importance of the initiative, which extends to all governorates of Egypt, noting that it comes within the framework of Egypt’s leading role in the field of sustainable development, and the importance the state attaches to localizing sustainable development goals on the governor level, pointing out that this is an unprecedented initiative at the global level as it focuses on Implementation and enforcement on the ground.
Al-Saeed said the initiative highlights the seriousness of dealing with the environmental dimension and climate changes within the framework of achieving sustainable development goals and digital transformation by presenting projects that achieve these goals, noting that a map has been drawn up on the level of Egypt’s governors for green and smart projects, connecting them to funding bodies and attracting the necessary investments for them.
She explained that the initiative is mainly aimed at achieving balanced regional development, establishing sustainable development goals and achieving Egypt’s 2030 vision in dealing with climate change and environmental challenges through realized projects on the ground, and to use information- and maximizing communication technology within the framework. of the state’s plan for digital transformation, while empowering all governorates. Egypt, reaching out to different groups, both socially and geographically, and spreading society’s awareness of the challenges of climate change and the capabilities of modern technologies, while empowering women to face the challenges of climate change and the environment offer, and integrate all spectrums of society to find solutions to the challenges of climate and environmental change.
In turn, Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin, climate pioneer for the Egyptian presidency of the Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Climate Loan Convention, and chairman of the jury committee at the national level for smart green projects, confirms the initiative; The future of development has become closely linked to the extent to which the state, society and companies are able to manage sustainability policies and be familiar with the elements of technology, especially in the field of digital transformation. And that this initiative is unprecedented within the framework of previous preparations for climate summits, and that Egypt, by undertaking this initiative in its six categories, which include large, medium and small projects (within the framework of the Decent Life Initiative), as well as since women-led projects, innovative emerging projects and local development projects included sectors of the economy, adding that this initiative offers a pioneering model that can be benefited from globally and in the organization of the upcoming climate summit by linking climate action investments in the fields . of energy and the protection of sectors exposed to harmful influences with the localization of sustainable development, digital transformation, jobs and the fight against poverty.
Ambassador Hisham Badr, General Coordinator of International Conferences at the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development and general coordinator of the initiative, emphasized that the initiative’s aim is to spread awareness of climate change issues and challenges within all of Egypt’s governorates and the role of the private sector and civil society in achieving sustainable development.
The General Coordinator added that the issue of climate change has become a global issue, and it is a visa for any company or project to enter the global market. National projects tend to be smart, sustainable and rely on modern technology, which improves productivity, preserves the environment and reduces costs, in addition to enabling the expansion of production. The expansion of its marketing, increase of profit and employment rate, which ‘ create an economic recovery for all sectors, successively.
Ambassador Hisham Badr explained that the initiative seeks to encourage all groups to participate, especially women Smart and green projects that serve women’s issues, or that they implement or manage them.
It is worth noting that the initiative targets many areas, the main ones being projects that take into account environmental sustainability standards, that reduce carbon emissions and pollution, and conserve natural resources, in addition to projects that improve energy and resource efficiency, and projects that improve biodiversity and ecosystem services that help to adapt to climate changes.
The initiative includes several types of projects, including large-sized projects, medium-sized projects, and small local projects (especially related to the Good Life Initiative). In addition to projects submitted by start-ups, development projects related to women, climate change and sustainability, and non-profit community initiatives and participation.
The initiative is concerned with the issue of climate change and its impact on various sectors in the Egyptian state. It also highlights the state’s tendency to empower the private sector, civil society, youth and women to promote various sectors, and it comes within the framework. of the state’s efforts to achieve sustainable development goals and Egypt’s Vision 2030, as well as the National Climate Change Strategy 2050. As well as the development of a map at the governorate level for smart green projects, linking them to funding bodies and attracting the necessary investments. for them.