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In: News 27 May 2014

Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation Ayman Abu Hadid recently announced that the ministry is planning to reclaim 40,000 acres in the Western Desert.

During his meeting with ministry officials, Abu Hadid stressed the importance of using renewable energy sources in the process, citing plans to use irrigation tools operating via solar energy.

Abu Hadid said that the timetable for the project would be announced within the coming days and would provide information about the areas which are to be reclaimed in the future. He added that the ministry is working on overcoming the obstacles facing the future of agriculture in Egypt.

He noted that the ministry would focus on agricultural development in the New Valley Governorate and assigned the Agriculture Research Center to prepare a technical study on the agricultural development projects that will be implemented in the area.

In: News 27 May 2014

The conference, organised by the Egyptian Junior Business Association in cooperation with the environment compliance office and under the framework of the “Alashan Bokra” (For Tomorrow) initiative

The Egyptian Junior Business Association on Sunday signed an agreement with the environmental compliance office to carry out a number of renewable energy projects in the coming years, according to an environment ministry statement.

The agreement was signed during the Conference for Sustainability and Responsibility for Business Communities, hosted by Minister of Environment Laila Iskandar and Minister of Foreign Trade, Industry and Investments Mounir Fakhry AbdelNour.

The conference, organised by the Egyptian Junior Business Association in cooperation with the environment compliance office and under the framework of the “Alashan Bokra” (For Tomorrow) initiative, was attended by Presidential Media Adviser Ahmed El-Moslimany and Dr. Sherif El-Gabaly, the chairman of the environmental compliance office.

Among the topics discussed in the conference were the development of entrepreneurial businesses in the environment sector and the future of investment in the energy sector.

El- Gabaly said real development could not be achieved without focusing on the concept of sustainability and investment opportunities, especially in recycling projects.

Iskandar stressed the importance of “encouraging organisations that support the same cause” of renewable energy, such as the Egyptian Junior Business Association. She referred to an agreement with cement companies to utilise solid and agricultural waste – estimated at around 35,000 tons of rice straw – as a substitute for other fuels in the operation of their factories.

Under the agreement, the environmental compliance office would provide technical and financial support for waste recycling projects to be implemented by the business association over the next three years with the help of both Egyptian and foreign expertise.

In: News 27 Mar 2014

103955867 calendarioGR.ENE.CO Green Energy for Green Companies aims to contribute to the reduction of the use of non-renewable energy sources – especially for the farm industry – in favor of renewable energy sources in the Mediterranean sea basin. The project will be presented at the kick-off meeting, which will take place on Tuesday, April the 1st, at 9:30 am in Alexandria, at the Tolip Royal Hotel, 252, Moustafa Kamel, Corniche Road Roshdy.

In: News 26 Mar 2014

468224207 news 01In the framework of climate changes mitigation politics, agriculture contributes in the reduction of noxious gas emissions thanks to the replacement of fossil energy sources with biomass.
Concerning territorial and technological potentialities, a topic has to be defined:
Is it better to focus on industrial agriculture development or to collect agroforestry and zootechnical waste?
The first option aims at replying to economies of scale and maximize transformation plants results, while the second one intends to identify a more sustainable energy framework in order to reduce the environmental impact.

In: News 24 Mar 2014

ge78-01-01 2Renewable energies are the most debated and controversial topics in the framework of agriculture future. On one hand, the agricultural sector is very interested in agroenergies for their positives economy and environment benefits. On the other hand, there are few concerns about the energy drift in agriculture and its effects into food, land uses and rural economies. In this scenario, institutions may play a key role since incentives influence the development of renewable energies.

In: News 25 Feb 2014

478925241 news 02GR.ENE.CO Green Energy for Green Companies aims to contribute to the reduction of the use of non-renewable energy sources – especially for the farm industry – in favor of renewable energy sources in the Mediterranean sea basin. The project worth about 2 million € and it is funded by ENPI CBC MED Programme contribution of 1.797.457,50 €. The project will be presented at the kick-off meeting, which will take place on Tuesday, April the 1st, at 9:30 am in Alexandria, at the Tolip Royal Hotel, 252, Moustafa Kamel, Corniche Road Roshdy.
GR.ENE.CO is addressed mainly to public administrations, farms and small and medium-sized enterprises operating in the energy sector in order to spread the RES plants use and to ensure the energy self-sufficiency to local farms. Thanks to the Network of Green Tools, SMEs will strengthen innovation capacities, management and networking skills.
Overall, by using energy sources, the emission of toxic gases will decrease in the areas involved in the project (Italy, Lebanon and Egypt). The environment will benefit from it, becoming much healthier.
GR.ENE.CO will allow identifying, disseminating and promoting best practices and financial instruments, to support agricultural enterprises in adopting green energy systems, as well as implementing new green systems for energy self-sufficiency.
The applicant is the LAG (Local Action Group) Sarcidano – Barbagia of Seulo, located in Sardinia. The action involves nine partners: the University of Alexandria in Egypt, the Arab University of Beirut, the Lebanese Ministry of Agriculture, the Italian-Arab Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber of Commerce of Nuoro, TecnoMarche – Science and Technology Park of the Marche Region, ITABIA – Italian Biomass Association, IPSAR – Professional Institute for Agriculture and Rural Development, and the Sardinian Forestry Authority.