Minister Yasmin Fouad, Governor of Ismailia Inspect “Zero Carbon” Waste Recycling Plant

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The Egyptian Minister of Environment, Dr. Yasmine Fouad and Major General Sherif Fahmy, Governor of Ismailia, held an inspection tour of the factory of Zero Carbon Company – a company specialized in providing waste management solutions, in Ismailia Governorate, in the presence of Engineer Karim Al-Sabaa, CEO of the company, along with a wide range of personalities and parties concerned with the file of waste management in the market. Egyptian.

Zero Carbon Company owns two main factories in Ismailia and Port Said governorates, with the capacity to recycle 1.9 million tons of municipal solid waste since the beginning of its activity in 2015, with 928 thousand tons in Ismailia and about 1.05 million tons in Port Said.

For her part, Dr. Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment, affirmed the Ministry’s constant keenness to continue the efforts made in cooperation with the private sector to implement the directives of His Excellency President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to activate the new system for managing municipal solid waste, in light of the importance that the state attaches to improving environmental conditions and reducing carbon emissions, because of these paths. It is of great importance to achieving the sustainable development plan and Egypt’s Vision 2030.

She indicated that the government pays great attention to continuing and enhancing partnership opportunities with the private sector to expand waste management projects, pointing to the importance of the project in light of its positive contribution to municipal waste recycling processes, producing alternative fuels, and reducing carbon pollution within Ismailia Governorate.

Dr. Yasmine Fouad also stressed that providing economic opportunities for women is the most appropriate way to empower them in the field of the environment and confront the effects of climate change by enhancing their role in reducing emissions, recycling waste, and producing environmental products with economic returns.

During the meeting, the Minister of Environment further talked about the importance of organic fertilizers and the necessity of spreading the culture of Interest in everything organic, pointing to the Environmental and Climate Investment Conference, which presented a bio-economy strategy for growing plants with a high investment return, such as growing jojoba.

The Minister pointed out the possibility of joining the project that will be presented soon during the investment conference in cooperation with the European Union, as an economic feasibility study for it has already been prepared. The Minister enjoyed the challenges facing the project with regard to benefiting from alternative fuels in generating energy in the cement factory, and the extent to which the price is compatible with the production process, as well as the challenges facing the production of organic fertilizers from agricultural residues.

The activities of the tour included an inspection by the Minister of Environment, Dr. Yasmine Fouad, and the Governor of Ismailia, Major General Sherif Fahmy, for details of the women’s empowerment initiative launched by Zero Carbon for its female employees in light of the company’s strategy aimed at supporting the state’s efforts for sustainable development and creating female cadres capable of contributing positively to Development of the Egyptian economy.

The project includes providing the latest educational and rehabilitation programs for female models with the aim of raising their operational capabilities in recycling textile waste and manufacturing high-value products from them so that the final products are displayed to the consuming public, with the female cadres benefiting from the proceeds of the project.

It is divided into 3 main stages, where the first stage of the project includes starting to raise the capabilities and qualification of about 12 women in the factory according to the latest international training programs in the field of handloom craft.

In contrast, the second stage, which is scheduled to be launched during the coming period, includes increasing the number of female models and repeating the experience in Port Said Governorate in order to In preparation for reaching the third phase, which will include expansion of the project in all governorates of Egypt.

It is also estimated that the current growth in recycling rates will contribute to the creation of approximately 3.2 million jobs by 2030, amid expectations that the size of the waste recycling services market around the world will reach $91.37 billion by 2032, with a compound annual growth rate of 4.7% during the expected period from 2023 to 2032.


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