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El Gouna: “One of the world’s top green destinations by the end of 2011.”

Green Gouna: Environmentally friendly is not a luxury

CAIRO: El Gouna Beach resort, located in Egypt’s Red Sea governorate, has been officially recognized as the country’s “most environmentally friendly holiday destination,” the company announced in a statement.

Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism recently announced the resort is expected to be “one of the world’s top green destinations by the end of 2011.”

The Gouna community now has a “zero-waste system,” whereby over 85 percent of all waste is recycled and reused.

“We see Gouna turning into a renewable energy laboratory,” said Sherife AbdelMessih, Chief Executive Officer of Future Energy Corporation. “Even things we can’t use are recycled, compressed, and turned into tiles for sidewalks.”

The city’s organic waste is used as fertilizer for plants and gardens.

“We want to do as much as we possibly can to minimize our carbon footprint on the environment,” said AbdelMessih.

To set standards as a model for environmental sustainability, El Gouna has adopted the “green initiative,” which aims to use renewable energy as much as possible.

According to AbdelMessih, El Gouna hotels and residents also use solar water heaters, which can be found on almost every building in the city. He hopes that more hotels and companies in Egypt adopt the same idea.

“Germany is one of the countries in the world with the most solar-energy movements, while in Egypt we have more sun and we don’t take advantage of this,” he said.

AbdelMessih added that solar panels are not as expensive as people make it seem to be, in the long-run, renewable energy is much more beneficial as fuel prices are increasing and fossil fuels are slowly diminishing.

“The government makes it easier and cheaper for people to use electricity, gas, and diesel, however we are slowly running out of fossil fuels, so we should take advantage of the renewable energy that we have.”

In the city, officials have already established a waste recycling plant, wastewater management systems, a water desalination plant, and installed recycling bins in all public areas.

There is also domestic water reverse osmosis with water saving nasals that help reduce consumption.

Instead of asking the government for a pipeline for water, El Gouna had ideas to treat seawater on-site in order to make the best of their resources.

“We are using the second highest capacity machines in the world to desalinate seawater,” AbdelMessih said. “It is the second now because it is expensive, but it’s expected to become the first in the world.”

Other steps that have been taken include the initiation of farming projects to grow organic products locally.

El Gouna farm was certified by Suolo e Salute, an Italian control and certification body for food industry and environment. Companies approved by Suolo e Salute are allowed to export their organic products directly to key markets around the world.

Suolo e Salute is also accredited by the United States Department of Agriculture for the USDA-NOP label and the Ministry of Agriculture of Japan as well as the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

El Gouna’s fish farm, established in 2000, makes use of rejected water from the desalinating units. In the farm, there are 10 connected fishponds, three duck houses to help fertilize the farming water, and two separate shrimp ponds.

Adjacent to the fish farm, there are also ponds containing Acacia, Eucalyptus, and Mangrove plants, which can tolerate the desert climate and salty soil.

As a result of their sustainable programs, Green Globe International, a non-profit organization that promotes environmentally and socially responsible tourism, has awarded the resort.

In December 2010, El Gouna also received first prize for best environmental practices as private business from Saudi Arabia’s Environmental Management in a ceremony that was held at Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

El Gouna is currently discussing their “Green Star” program with the Ministry of Tourism. The program, which will rate hotels based on how environmentally friendly they are, is to encourage other hotels to start adopting greener policies.

AbdelMessih added that Egypt must start engaging more citizens in caring for the environment, as it will have repercussions later on if people to overlook their affects on their surroundings and resources.

“We want people to know that being environmentally friendly is not a luxury,” said AbdelMessih.

”For 20 years El Gouna has been adopting these practices, and it is now one of the greenest cities in Egypt and the Middle East, if one city can do it, I don’t see why the Egyptian government can’t start applying these practices elsewhere,” he added.

El Gouna, established in 1990, is owned and developed by Orascom Hotels and Development.
Source: The Daily News Egypt

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:cheers2: More of the same please :D also 3o2bl Cairo :hahaha:

one note,

“We want people to know that being environmentally friendly is not a luxury,” said AbdelMessih.
I disagree, Maybe he's talking cost wise that it's not so expensive but visually it looks so much better ad luxurious IMHO.
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:lol: Maybe in a few hundred years.

I think he means that everyone should be able to afford to be environmentally friendly. :)
The Green Energy Thread الطاقة الخضراء المتجددة

Did you know.. that Egypt had the world's first solar power plant? It was in Maadi, at the turn of the last century. We should be at the forefront of renewable technology, and this thread is intended to discuss this topic.
The following video shows water being pumped out of the western desert (experimentally) by solar power for the first time:

/Strictly speaking, this is called pilot scale - somewhere in between lab experiment or small-scale model and industrial application. The Egyptian bureaucracy must become a lot more straightforward if researchers are going to implement their solutions on a scale that has a real impact on the country.
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A common mistake green energy =/= your Arabic translation is not right. Great iniative none the less. Do you have pics of the MAADI plant?
Does anyone know how the percentage of each type of energy source is of our total energy production?

Latest data from the ministry of electricity and energy, 10-11.pdf

Our aim is 20% renewable by 2020 and 20% nuclear.
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Steam? What a waste of water. We should focus on nuclear, hydro and solar. Wind power would work great too in the northern coast with the strong Mediterranean winds but we should wait until more effective methods have been developed. It's sad how we don't have any decent solar plants in Egypt.
I think what's meant by steam is thermal. Plus most power plants need water if not all. Wind is may be an exception. You need to turn the turbine to generate electricity you do so by creating steam that then is cooled down and heated up again.
Yes but thermal needs much more water then other types. I didn't know they were still using such outdated methods. The use of gas and steam need to eliminated completely. Once our nuclear plants are done I believe we should be around 30% nuclear.
They're not out dated. Nd I don't think they use any more water.
They is coal I think. It's a FFPS.
A common mistake green energy =/= your Arabic translation is not right. Great iniative none the less. Do you have pics of the MAADI plant?
طاقة متجددة = Renewable Energy
طاقة خضراء = Green Energy (which is a catch-all term for environmentally friendly)
وتفاصيل محطة المعادي شحيحة رغم أني سمعت ذكرها على لسان عدد من المسئولين في حوارات تلفزيونية
Frank Shuman (January 23, 1862 -- April 28, 1918) was an American inventor, engineer and solar energy pioneer noted for his work on solar engines, especially those that used solar energy to heat water that would produce steam. Shuman's visionary ideals, most of which were not publicly accepted until sixty years later, were evident when he made the statement, "One thing I feel sure of... is that the human race must finally utilize direct sun power or revert to barbarism."
Shuman built the world’s first solar thermal power station in Maadi, Egypt (1912-1913). Shuman’s plant used parabolic troughs to power a 60-70 horsepower engine that pumped 6,000 gallons of water per minute from the Nile River to adjacent cotton fields. His system included a number of technological improvements, including absorption plates with dual panes separated by a one-inch air space. Although the outbreak of World War I and the discovery of cheap oil in the 1930s discouraged the advancement of solar energy, Shuman’s vision and basic design were resurrected in the 1970s with a new wave of interest in solar thermal energy.[6]

We have proved the commercial profit of sun power in the tropics and have more particularly proved that after our stores of oil and coal are exhausted the human race can receive unlimited power from the rays of the sun.
—Frank Shuman, New York Times, July 2, 1916[7]
There is even a website on the issue now: - and an excellent blog
linking to images from a 1916 NY Times article:

رسم لأول محطة طاقة شمسية في العالم بالمعادي
And though I can't find a source for these images, a quick google image search indicates that they are indeed of Shuman's plant:

صور نسبت لأول محطة طاقة شمسية في العالم بالمعادي

عموما للعلم فالغاز الطبيعي يعتبر عند الكثيرين - من العاملين في المجال - طاقة خضراء نسبيا
وقد أنشئت منصات بحرية لاستخراج الغاز قرب سواحل البحر الأبيض المتوسط (إدكو) وخليج السويس بالبحر الأحمر (رأس غارب) منذ سنة ۲۰۰۰م تقريبا والحكومة تقدم حوافز كبيرة لاستعمال الغاز بدلا عن السولار أو البنزين وقامت بتطوير البنية التحتية ومحطات التوليد وشبكات التوزيع لاستعمال الغاز الطبيعي
الذهاب إلى منصات استخراج الغاز براس غارب بالهليكوبتر

توربينات توليد الطاقة بالرياح شمال الزعفرانة

أما طاقة الرياح فهي مستغلة في محافظة البحر الأحمر بشكل محدود وبالتحديد بمنطقتين الغردقة والزعفرانة - وسمعت في لقاء مع محافظ الوادي الجديد (الواحات الخارجة) أنه يريد استغلالها هناك بجانب الطاقة الشمسية

عمود إنارة يعمل بلوحة كهروضوئية بواحة القارة

وعند الحديث عن الطاقة الشمسية في مصر فرغم أن الصحراء الغربية منبسطة وتحظى بأحد أكبر معدلات التشميس في العالم إلا أن استغلال هذا المورد شبه منعدم إلا على نطاق تجريبي ضيق - باستثناء مشروع الكريّمات وبعض قرى محافظة مطروح وبالتحديد قرب واحة سيوة - وتوجد خطط لاستغلالها إما للتصدير عبر المتوسط لأوروبا وإما للاستعمال المحلي

توجد عدة تقنيات لاستغلال الطاقة الشمسية أبرزها
  • اللوحات الكهروضوئية
  • السخانات الشمسية
وفي الحالتين تتراوح نطاقات التطبيق فعلى النطاق الصغير يمكن وضعها فوق المنازل والعمارات وعلى النطاق الكبير يمكن ترتيبها بطرق مختلفة مع مرايات لتستقبل القدر الأكبر من سطوع الضوء
تركيب مرايات مشروع الطاقة الشمسية بالكريمات

وقد يكون المورد الأغرب في عقول المصريين القمامة، فالغاز العضوي يمكن استغلاله بتقنية تسمى الطاقة من النفايات، وقد أصبحت شائعة في مقالب الزبالة المعروفة بالمدافن في كل الدول الكبيرة إلا مصر، حيث لم أجد أثرا لتوليد الطاقة من النفايات العضوية إلا على نطاق محلي ضيق بمشروع تمويله دولي نُفذ سنة ۲۰۱۰م

استغلال الغاز العضوي في حي الزبالين

وأخيرا وليس آخرا شرعت وزارة الزراعة هذا العام في جلب نبات الچوچوبا وتشجيع زراعته لإنتاج ما يعرف بالوقود الحيوي وهو يناسب المناخ المصري ويمكن استزراعه في الأراضي المستصلحة، وذلك لغرض تخفيض واردات مصر من السولار (الديزل) الذي يستهلك بمعدلات أعلى من إنتاجه

تخطط شركة نيراس إنشاء مصنع بيوديزل (وقود حيوي) في السخنة. ويظهر في الصورة نبات الچتروفا من موقعهم

ملاحظة/ توجد صور على فليكر وبانوراميو لم يسمح هذا المنتدى بنشرها
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That's not really green, infact that would release a lot of pollution. They should recycle waste before turning the excess that can't be recycled into energy.
That's not really green, infact that would release a lot of pollution. They should recycle waste before turning the excess that can't be recycled into energy.
It's green in the sense that a/you don't burn it uselessly and b/ it saves you using natural gas. And they do recycle the plastic and the metal (watch the video)
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Oh no you're getting the wrong idea about green energy. Burn thing in general is far from green with few exceptions like nuclear fission, you're burning fuel and it still is green energy. Green energy is when it's eco friendly and burning rubbish is environmentally damaging.

Recycling wise, I did watch the video, recycling in Egypt very limited the rubbish they collect every week in Egypt is dumped in landfills and sea. We do a little of water recycling Nd only one, maybe two governorte's actually have a plastic recycling policies the rest don't even have colour coded bins. Not even rural areas, I mean all the natural waste from rural Egypt could make us self-sufficient at some agricultural means for example fertilisers.
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The difference is that when you burn it there wont be huge amounts of sulfur released into the atmosphere unlike when burning coal and it will make use of what would otherwise just sit there and do nothing. Most buses in Sweden operate on bio-fuel made out of trash.
Errr you do still release massive amounts of harmful gasses including carbon monoxide which again lead back to the idea of damaging the ozone layer and lead to global warming fact is, it's still is not green energy and I'd say a lot more harmful because you're burning stuff you barely know the content off which is risky at the same time.

The idea is in Sweden is that you guys have colour coded bins in Sweden and the green bin (not sure if its called the green bin in Sweden) have all the natural/green stuff, fruit/vega triable waste from the kitchen, trimmed grass, or whatever else in your garden, and they use that to make the bio fuel.the rest is recycled in Egypt we don't even dothat for rural Egypt which I mentioned,
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