RCREEE Supports Green Tourism in Egypt

Many of Egypt’s most beautiful touristic destinations aren’t connected to the main electricity grid. Marsa Alam for example, one of the primary recreational and diving destinations by the Red Sea coast, relies on off-grid diesel generators as the main source of power. Yet, Egypt’s remote tourism sector has a considerable potential to transit from fossil fuel to off-grid solar power generation. This transition can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create new jobs and provide clean energy security for those remote locations. This measure of eco- tourism will attract more eco-tourists as well.

RCREEE and the Green Tourism Unit of the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism have agreed to conduct a techno-economic feasibility study for the integration of Solar Photovoltaic (Solar PV) in hotels in Marsa Alam.

This study will contribute to the design of an incentive mechanism to support the replacement of diesel power generation with solar PV in the tourism sector. The study is to take place within the framework of the Diesel to Solar (D2S) Initiative which was launched by RCREEE in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) earlier this year.

On visiting RCREEE headquarters, Mr. Emad Hassan, Energy Advisor to the Minister of Tourism, said: "We chose RCREEE to carry out this initiative because of their excellent technical capabilities. The center interacts with different agencies and bodies across the Arab region in a variety of fields, which is very useful to us. We plan to carry out more studies and activities with RCREEE in the future. We believe that this is the first step for a continuous cooperation that will allow us to achieve our vision for green tourism in Egypt”.

Diesel to Solar (D2S) Initiative:

RCREEE and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have launched the Diesel to Solar (D2S) initiative to enable a transition towards sustainable energy and helps address climate change issues in the Arab region. It encourages private investors to reduce diesel consumption by integrating solar PV technology into existing diesel-based power systems. The D2S Initiative is part of RCREEE’s ongoing efforts to enable private investments in sustainable energy solutions in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). This market-friendly initiative will bring private and public sectors together to overcome barriers to the rapid deployment of solar technologies and to replace inefficient, carbon emitting diesel generators.

The D2S initiative includes conducting a regional market assessment to identify opportunities and challenges, designing profitable business models, forming public-private partnerships and conducting pilot projects, and finally disseminating best business models and practices for replicability.