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7 Nov 2015

Menan Khater, Daily News [Egypt]

Egypt: Environmental activists aim to eliminate use of coal

"Environmental activists aim to eliminate use of coal", 4 November 2015

Independent local coalition Egyptians Against Coal aim to advocate excluding coal use from Egypt’s energy industry by 2017 due to its hazardous environmental threats, the group announced in a meeting on Tuesday. In mid-September, the Ministry of Environment approved studies made by seven cement factories to use coal in their production process instead of natural gas. The factories include Lafarge, Suez Cement, and Arabian Cement, among others. However, several factories allegedly started using coal in their cement production long before the approval, in Helwan and Alexandria. During their meeting, the coalition discussed potential ways to raise awareness and advocacy on both the level of individuals and decision makers. The initiative brings together researchers, economists, lawyers, as well as journalists who are interested in environmental issues...