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Policy & Regulation

Egypt to cut fossil fuel use by 15%

Cairo is planning to release gas for export by making more efficient use of the fuel, thereby also reducing its greenhouse gas emissions Cairo is planning to release gas for export by making more efficient use of the fuel, thereby also reducing its greenhouse gas emissions.
By Rachel Williamson 27 October 2016 Middle East & Africa / Policy & Regulation 0 22560
A gas rig in Disouq, Egypt. The country is aiming to reduce its gas consumption. (RWE Dea)

Egypt wants to reduce its consumption of fossil fuels by 15% by 2035, cutting down on expensive – and at times unreliable – fuel oil imports and freeing up gas for export.

Egypt uses fossil fuels for about 96% of its energy mix, with gas contributing the most to that figure and fuel oil providing the remainder. The government’s energy strategy, signed off by Prime Minister Sherif Ismail last week, aims to cut the share of fossil fuels in the mix to 81%.

The strategy, which Ismail...