80 Gigawatts of Change

News Article | MADA MASR: Egypt's potential energy pathways

Wed, 09/28/2016

"The violence of climate change has not fully sunk in globally and is still generally viewed as a far-away threat. Yet, data collection from the first quarter of 2016 has shown this is far from the case. The scary reality is that climate change is already upon us. Our best efforts, therefore, are necessarily confined to reducing its worst impacts, not preventing it altogether. Particularly vulnerable regions and countries are those where the weather is very cold, very hot, very dry, or very close to sea level. All things considered, Egypt will likely be hit hard. 

Egypt will, and in some cases already is, suffering from extreme water stress, natural disasters and extreme weather events, as well as saltwater intrusion into the freshwater resources of the Nile Delta, rising sea levels affecting coastal areas, a rising water table wiping out agricultural practices, loss of fishing due to changing species migration patterns, ocean acidification and rising surface water temperatures. In sum, this means the Egyptian government must ensure that the country can feed itself, generate energy, offer people economically sustainable livelihoods, and where possible, be resilient and adaptive as climate change increasingly impacts the country.

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Many of those working in civil society organizations have observed the lack of a governmental vision for energy. In response, the Heinrich Böll Foundation’s (HBS) and the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights (ECESR) launched “80 Gigawatts of Change: Egypt’s Future Electricity Pathways,” the first publicly accessible, civil society analyzed scenario for the Egyptian electrical sector."

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