Forty percent of Egypt’s agricultural waste is untapped, said Tarek Tawfik, the vice chairman for the Federation of Egyptian Industries, during the “Future Investment Opportunities in New and Renewable Energy” conference Tuesday. Tawfik added that these wastes must be recycled and reused for renewable energy generation.
Studies need to be conducted in order to analyze and clarify the energy sources each sector should consume, Tawfik said.
Tawfik said “rates of energy consumption should be compared to their worldwide equivalents to get accurate data.”
“The government must finalize the debate on whether or not coal is going to substitute natural gas in the cement production sector,” he said.
The country must place some environmental restrictions on energy usage instead of determining or banning a named source in the cement sector, Tawfik said.
“When it comes to coal, there are some sources identified as clean coal sources and [others as] unclean coal sources,” he said.