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Renewable Energy and Cleaner Transport: Egypt Updates its Climate Commitments

July 1, 2023

The government of Egypt announced the second update of its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) on Monday, 26 June, reflecting its heightened climate action ambitions. The latest NDC — climate action commitments outlined by the government — revealed the country’s revised plans for transitioning towards low-carbon pathways, reducing energy consumption, and maximizing energy production from local resources. NDCs, though not binding, are a cornerstone of global efforts to combat climate change. Following the Paris Agreement in 2015, several countries, including Egypt, were mandated to submit their NDCs, which Egypt did in November 2015. The government then updated its NDCs for the first time in June 2022. LOW-CARBON DEVELOPMENT PATHWAY Egypt sped up its plan to generate 42 percent of its energy from renewable energy by five years, aiming for 2030 instead of 2035. It intends to meet this target through reducing electricity produced from fossil fuel power plants, including replacing inefficient thermal power plants with renewable power sources. In terms of shifting towards low-carbon transport, the government aims to switch public buses to low-carbon fuels and introduce more energy efficient routes through the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, expected to be…

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