Cairo International Airport is to take the first step to becoming solar powered.
A co-operation protocol was signed on Wednesday for financial and technical support for the supply, installation and operation of solar cells for information display screens in the airport.
The ministries of environment and civil aviation and Egypt-PV project signed the protocol.
Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad said integrating the environmental dimension into the civil aviation sector is among the priorities of the state and the political leadership to work with more sustainable airports.
The project will depend on stations at certain locations to operate chargers, as Cairo International Airport makes a first impression on visitors, Fouad said.
The scheme will mean reduction in carbon emissions reduction, savings in electricity bills and a commitment to sustainable energy, Fouad added.
Trade Minister Nevine Gamea said the agreement supports the ministry’s aim to localise the manufacture of components for solar power plants.
Gamea went on to say that this pioneering project will have a positive impact on the local, regional and international image of Cairo Airport, in line with the global trend of airports to rely on new energies and in line with the renewable energy strategy 2022.
The project coincides with the solar power plant at Cairo Railway Station, which reflects government efforts to use renewable energy in public facilities, Gamea added.
The minister of civil aviation said conserving the environment is one of our main objectives for which we invest in the latest and best technologies in terms of environment efficiency for airports.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation has taken early and continuous steps in the use of clean renewable energy within the framework of its plan to transform Egyptian airports into environment-friendly facilities.