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changed into one of the most popular tourist attractions in Egypt due to the discovery of its one of a kind, iconic sea bed that made it a very important scuba-diving destination for divers from all over the world. Also, the city of Hurghada has a 4 Km pedestrian road called “El Memsha Elseyahy” where the most famous hotels and resorts are located. 3. Governorate vision The very long-term objective is to promote a carbon-neutral city, through significant efforts in reducing energy consumption, promoting a shift from fossil fuels towards renewable energy, and developing an ambitious compensation programme through the increase of green areas by planting more trees along roads, the development of green parks in the urban areas that would provide fresher areas and contribute to improving air quality. The Governorate’s authorities are conscious of the many benefits a “Green Hurghada” would bring in terms of attractiveness of the City for the many tourists willing to enjoy, not only wonderful scuba diving sites but also a pleasant urban area along the Red Sea to relax and rest in a clean environment. The Governorate of the Red Sea (Municipality) aims to build and administer the basic structure and public facilities and provide citizens and tourists with high quality municipal services, while preserving the fragile marine environment, which represents its main capital for attracting visitors and fuelling local economy. In accordance with Egypt’s vision and Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS) 2030, sustainable development should be a key driver for the Governorate of the Red Sea and the City of Hurghada. Sound strategic management of basic resources – energy, soils and water – is essential both to minimise costs for all, to reduce the overall environmental footprint of the City and the Governorate and preserve the environment locally as well as globally. 4. Planned actions for the City of Hurghada The Governor of the Red Sea, the City Council of Hurghada and the 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 Hurghada to adapt to the already visible impact of climate change. Beyond these climate objectives, local authorities are also convinced of the various benefits such strategy would bring: 40 • Reduce expenses generated by energy consumption, and as a consequence allow reallocation of the Governorate’s resources to public services and equipment, • Generate new revenues from the production of energy based on local and renewable resources: sun, wind, and bio-waste, • 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 strategy for sustainable tourism while preserving the unique marine environment, • Upgrade quality of life for all Hurghada inhabitants. Such objectives can certainly be reached through a comprehensive strategy relying on 3 pillars: • Reduce energy consumption in all type of energy services (cooling and heating, mobility, industrial needs, and 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 in the region. The combination of these three pillars will allow an energy and climate transition towards a greener and more prosperous Hurghada. 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 green and resilient city, • Lastly, the Governor and his administration will need to raise awareness of all public and mobilise all stakeholders in the City of Hurghada 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 fishermen move in the same direction combining energy conservation efforts, development of renewable energy and climate adaptation, the city of Hurghada will not reach its ambitious objectives. The Governorate should design the appropriate action plan, then lead, facilitate and monitor its implementation, highlighting step by step, progress made and benefits for all public. The best plan is the one, which is actually addressing the key strategic sectors, were a real progress can be achieved. To pursue so, the SECAP for the City of Hurghada – Governorate of the Red Sea is established on the baseline emission inventory (BEI), which clearly identifies those sectors, where specific efforts could actually result in major changes. A good plan is also a plan that combines different types of actions: kick wins demonstrating direct benefits in implementing the action plan; symbolic actions bringing visible changes in the daily life of the City of Hurghada’s citizens; high return on investment action demonstration the business case behind the energy transition; more structural actions that will only bring results in the long term, but are essential to establishing new trends in energy consumption and production. All stakeholders in Hurghada Tourism Figure 11: Sustainable energy and climate action plan (SECAP) framework for the City of Hurghada For the City of Hurghada, the following list of priority actions have been discussed and confirmed by the Governorate of the Red Sea, mainly H.E. The Governor of Hurghada and Secretary General of the Governorate: Priority Action #1 – Transport: Urban Sustainable Mobility Master Plan Priority Action #2 – Tourism: Sustainable Green Boats Priority Action #3 – Tourism: Green and Sustainable Hotels and Resorts Priority Action #4 – Sustainable Approach for Governorate Buildings Priority Action #5 – Sustainable Approach for Residential Buildings Priority Action #6 – Solar Energy Development Priority Action #7 – Green City Awareness Unit 41

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