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agriculture, transport, construction and education. There are only few factories exploiting marbles such as “Marmar” and “Alabaster” to produce souvenirs gifts for tourists. Figure 12: Administrative boarders of the city of Luxor, Governorate of Luxor Source : www.luxur.gov.eg/map The City of Luxor is divided in 7 service centres (“Markus in Arabic – ‏(مركز . The Baseline Emission Inventory was carried out for 5 centres within the administrative borders of the Governorate including: the City of Luxor, Al Bayadyah, Al Toud, Al Gornah, Al Zeineyah. Armant and Esna were not covered (Figure 12). 3. Governorate vision The Governor and the municipality council are willing to work together with the participation of their citizens to build and develop a sustainable, thriving cultural and touristic city, where SDGs are integrated to provide quality of life as public good for all. The city of Luxor will rely on a diversified economy, which is based on sustainable management and preservation of heritage sites and antiquities as well as improve the current infrastructures and advance the administration’ capability to that end. The City of Luxor ultimate goal is to become one of the most distinguished cultural and touristic sites in the Arab world, recognized for its outstanding sustainability profile. The Governorate (municipality) aims to build and administer the basic structure and public facilities, and provide citizens with municipal services, smoothly and transparently, while preserving the heritage and cultural wealth of the city of Luxor. The Governorate (municipality) strives to keep the city of Luxor a distinguished city where tourists and citizens live and enjoy life. By means of proper utilization of human and material resources as well as commitment to the principles of equity, impartiality, and transparency, the municipality seeks to achieve viable and sustainable development in the city. In accordance with Egypt’s vision and SDS 2030, sustainable development should be a key driver for the Governorate and the city of Luxor. Sound strategic management of basic resources – energy, soils and water – is essential both to minimize costs for all, to reduce the overall environmental footprint of the City and Governorate of Luxor and preserve the world’s heritage sites. 46

4. Planned actions for the city of Luxor The Governor of Luxor, the City Council of Luxor and Governorate’s services are convinced of the necessity to implement an energy and climate strategy that will contribute to climate mitigation while helping the city of Luxor to adapt to the already visible impact of climate change. Beyond these climate objectives, Governorate’s services are also convinced of the many benefits such a strategy would bring: • Reduce expenses generated by energy consumption, and as a consequence allow reallocation of Governorate’s resources to public services and equipment; • Generate new revenues from the production of energy based on local and renewable resources: sun, wind, bio-waste, and the Nile river; • Promote a more strategic development of the city taking into account constraints and opportunities brought by a more sustainable approach of climate and energy challenges; • Develop a new strategy to manage heritage sites, improving their protection and strengthening their attractiveness through the promotion of sustainable tourism; and • Upgrade quality of life for all Luxor inhabitants. Such objectives can certainly be reached through a comprehensive strategy relying on 3 pillars: • Reduce energy consumption in all type of energy services (heating and cooling, mobility, industrial needs, specific electricity usage for lighting and electric equipment); • Develop the production of energy from local and renewable resources; and • Adapt infrastructures and human activities to already visible and foreseeable impacts of climate change. The combination of these three pillars will allow an energy and climate transition towards a greener and more prosperous Luxor. To reach these objectives, the Governorate has a key role to play: • It must implement this two-fold strategy (energy conservation and renewable energy development) in all its buildings and across all services it manages to show the way and demonstrate the many benefits of this energy and climate transition; • It will have to shape the development of equipment and activities with the ultimate objective of setting the ground for a more energy efficient and a more resilient city; and • Last but not least, the Governor and his administration will need to raise awareness of all publics and mobilise all stakeholders in the city of Luxor to engage them to act in favour of this energy and climate transition. Unless all citizens, all sectors of the tourism industry, all economic players, small industries, services and farmers move in the same direction combining energy conservation efforts, development of renewable energy and climate adaptation, the city of Luxor will not reach its ambitious objectives. 47

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