Egypt's new environment minister said on Thursday that his ministry will start having an executive role rather than an advisory role, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.
Khaled Fahmy said a presidential decision has given the Ministry of Environment executive authority over all the other ministries in relation to environmental issues.
Fahmy said the ministry will stick to its earlier decisions, including the stance on coal use for power generations.
In April, the Egyptian cabinet announced that they will allow the import of a coal for power generation within cement factories, despite objections from the Ministry of Environment.
Fahmy said he will continue what his predecessor, Laila Eskander, worked for at the ministry.