Egypt’s Red Sea city, El Gouna, has its sights on becoming the first carbon-neutral city in Africa.


The Egyptian Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs is devising a strategy to transform the city into a carbon-neutral area. Once achieved, El Gouna will officially be the first carbon-neutral city in Africa and one of the leading carbon-neutral cities in the world. 

The project has been devised to stimulate Egypt’s tourism industry and make an impression on a wider international audience. It will also strengthen the Egyptian government's efforts to develop the environment and tourism sectors, and will have significant advantages for Egypt in protecting the environment and promoting tourism at local, regional, and international levels by incorporating the new transition to renewable energy. 

El Gouna is already recognised as Egypt's most environmentally-friendly holiday destination. The city’s management has worked hard in cooperation with local hotels, businesses, residents and visitors to maintain, protect, and preserve its unique environment. The town’s environmental programmes and grassroots environmental organisation paved the way for several awards; including the Green Globe and Travelife, leading to El Gouna’s selection as the pilot location for the Green Star Hotel Programme (GSHP). 

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