11 January 2016 | Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency News Release
Egypt is seeking to stimulate investments in renewable energy to achieve its ambitious plans of electricity production from wind power. Therefore, it has allocated lands to investors in the Gulf of Suez area. However, studies have shown the possibilities of significant effects on migratory birds especially in the Gulf of Suez, a globally important migratory bird’s passage.
In that context, the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA), New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA), Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC), and the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE), signed a joint protocol on 15th of December 2015. The protocol provides a strategic and operational framework to assess the environmental impacts of wind power stations in the Gulf of Suez area. In addition, the protocol launches a program to monitor migratory birds and the ATMP of wind turbines during bird migration seasons.
On January 6, 2016, the protocol was launched in the presence of Eng. Ahmed Abou Elseoud, CEO of the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency, and Dr. / Mohammed Salah Sobki, Head of the New and Renewable Energy Authority, and Dr. Ahmad Badr, Executive Director of the Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. The event attendees included a number of investors from both the public and private sector, Arab development experts as well as experts and professionals from the sectors of electricity and environment in the region.
Dr. Ahmed Badr welcomed the attendees and Eng. Ahmed Abou Elseoud explained the importance of the protocol and how it represents an opportunity to get environmental approvals and thus increase investments in wind energy in Egypt. Also, he thanked RCREEE for its initiative and support to the Protocol.
Moreover, Dr. Mohammed Salah Sobki shed the light on the importance of the role of Egypt and the Arab world in the areas of environmental protection in line with international changes.
Dr. Ahmed Badr explained the protocol and said: “We are delighted with the launch of this protocol, which is considered as the first of its kind in the Arab region and the second in the world. The protocol aims to reduce the negative environmental impacts resulting from the establishment of wind farms in the Gulf of Suez area and increasing international investment in the field of renewable energy in Egypt in consistence with the international intiatives to preserve the environment and use clean energy sources, as announced at COP21 in Paris December 2015.”
Additionally, Dr. Badr presented the protocal technical and administrative procedures and clarified its aim to help qualified investors in the financial closure of their projects as the protocol assists the investors to get environmental approval resulting from the strategic and cumulative environmental and social impact assessment for the whole Gulf of Suez.
The first phase of the protocol implementation starts in the spring of 2016 and ends in the fall of 2016. This phase includes the strategic and cumulative environmental and social assessments (SESA) for the area east of the Gulf of Suez. As for the second phase, it starts in the spring of 2017 for five years, and includes the implementation and monitoring of AMTP for wind turbines in the Gulf of Suez area.
Following the World Bank regulations, tenders will be announced for interested consulting firms to conduct the SESA study. The study will be financed by a Cost Sharing Agreement to be signed between RCREEE and qualified investors.
About the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE)
The Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) is an independent not-for-profit regional organization aims to enable and increase the adoption of renewable energy, and energy efficiency practices in the Arab region. RCREEE partners with regional governments and global organizations to initiate and lead clean energy policy dialogues, strategies, technologies and capacity development in order to increase Arab states’ share of tomorrow’s energy.
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