Egypt is gaining strength, becoming self-sufficient. After starting to grow its own wheat, it has now moved towards a new National strategy for tackling climate change. Keeping a long-term vision in mind, Prime Minister Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouly has said in the media that Egypt indeed is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change at the introduction of the National Climate Change Strategy (NCCS) 2050.
It has therefore become imperative for Egypt to develop a climate change strategy for the need to maintain its own food security. “Climate change is considered one of the most important issues that concern us and the whole world due to the threats on sustainable development which will affect the development plan, food security and water availability. “Therefore, it will have an impact on the national security as the world will suffer from an increase in poverty rates and other challenges,” he said.
Keeping its commitment ahead of everything, Egypt will also be hosting the 27th UN Climate Change Conference in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh in November 2022.
The Egyptian minister of environment announced that costs for the NCCS 2050 plan is estimated to be about 211 billion US dollars for mitigation programmes and 133 billion for adaptation programmes.
Earlier this year, Egypt signed a 5 billion US dollar memorandum of understanding with Norwegian renewable energy company Scatec to establish a plant in the Suez Canal area for producing green ammonia from green hydrogen.
The plant, which is to go live in 2025, is expected to produce one ton of green ammonia a year, with a potential to expand to three tons, the Egyptian government said. Currently, Egypt is receiving its wheat from India. India has shipped 61,500 tonnes of wheat to Egypt, clearing its largest overseas consignment after the country imposed a ban on the staple’s export. At least a dozen countries have sent diplomatic requests for more shipments, an official aware of the development said, requesting anonymity.