Minister of Environment Discusses Joint Cooperation with Schneider Electric to Enhance Sustainability in Egypt
On the sidelines of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28), currently taking place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Egypt’s Minister of Environment, H.E. Dr. Yasmine Fouad, held a meeting with the senior officials of Schneider Electric, the global leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation. The meeting aimed to discuss potential cooperation to enhance sustainability in Egypt and combat climate change, in line with Egypt National Climate Change Strategy 2050, Egypt’s Vision 2030, and the state’s plan to increase the percentage of electricity generated from renewable sources to reach 42% by 2035.
The meeting was attended by Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Chairman of Schneider Electric, Walid Sheta, Schneider Electric President of Middle East and Africa, Sebastien Riez, Cluster President of Schneider Electric Northeast Africa and Levant, and Mona Samir, Head of Customer Relations and Government Relations at Schneider Electric Northeast Africa and Levant.
During the meeting, Schneider Electric’s representatives acknowledged the invaluable efforts of the Ministry of Environment, led by H.E. Dr. Yasmine Fouad, in mitigating climate change and promoting sustainability in Egypt, led by the hosting of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Sharm El-Sheikh last year, which witnessed the inauguration of Schneider Electric’s Sustainability Hub in the presence of Dr. Yasmine Fouad. The Hub showcased Schneider Electric’s efforts towards boosting sustainability and green smart cities, reflecting the company’s six long-term sustainability commitments that adopt the United Nations’ SDGs to act for a climate-positive world, to be efficient with resources, to live up to its principles of trust, to create equal opportunities, to harness the power of all generations, and to empower local communities.
The meeting also addressed joint potential cooperation for Schneider Electric to become the solution provider and strategic technology and digital transformation adviser for the Ministry’s program directed towards investing in climate and environment projects, in line with the Ministry’s plan to achieve SDGs and Egypt’s Vision 2030 by following a resilient and low-emission approach aligning with Egypt National Climate Change Strategy 2050 launched during COP26. The collaboration aims to leverage the long-standing experience of Schneider Electric in the energy management and automation field backed by various projects in different sectors, including the digitalization of the distribution and control centers (DCCs) in partnership with the Egyptian Ministry of Electricity to reduce carbon emissions, achieve energy surplus, elevate electricity service provided as well as the quality of the national electricity grid, and provide a sustainable source of energy that can be relied upon.
The Schneider Electric team also showcased other key projects that are equipped with the company’s latest technology during the meeting, such as the Benban project in Aswan, the largest solar energy park in the world, which was supplied with electricity distribution systems; Gabal El-Zeit wind farms; the New Delta Project, planned to cultivate 2 million acres, create job opportunities and develop communities in the region. Additionally, the water desalination plant in Galala City with its capacity of 150,000 m3 per day, the solar power plant in Sharm El Sheikh, the Monorail project, several Metro lines amongst others were all equipped with Schneider Electric’s smart solutions.