UN High Level Climate Action Champion discusses Suez Canal Economic Zone’s eco-friendly plans

Ahram Online , Saturday 22 Jan 2022

UN High level Climate Action Champion Nigel Topping discussed on Thursday the Suez Canal Economic Zone’s (SCZone) plans to turn the area into a hub for the green hydrogen industry with SCZone Chairman Yehia Zaki and a host of officials, the SCZone authority announced.

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UN High level Climate Action Champion Nigel Topping and UK Ambassador to Egypt Gareth Bayley and SCZone’s chairman Yahia Zaki (Photo : UK Embassy in Egypt)

Topping was accompanied by UK Ambassador in Cairo Gareth Bayley during his visit to the SCZone headquarters in Ain Sokhna, where he met with representatives of leading shipping companies to discuss Egypt’s role in decarbonising the maritime transport.

He tackled the value of the Clydebank Declaration, the UK initiative on green shipping corridors worldwide which will be critical to global efforts to achieve net zero carbon by 2050. Egypt and the Suez Canal are at the centre of those efforts, he added.

Following his visit to the SCZone, Topping met reporters at the UK Embassy in Cairo before concluding his visit on Friday.

Topping said he held "fruitful" discussions in Egypt. The talks will contribute to developing the high-level green partnership between Egypt and the UK, the British Embassy in Cairo announced.

The green partnership supports the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference, Topping said.

"Egypt has a great status and a positive role in the issue of climate change,” he stated, adding that Egypt is working on naming a climate change champion for COP27, scheduled for November in the Red Sea resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh.

Topping was in Egypt for a week to meet Egypt’s Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad, Minister of International Cooperation Rania Al-Mashat, and foreign ministry officials to discuss his role as a climate change champion and his expected work with Egypt's champion.

Topping also met a number of representatives from financial institutions, the Central Bank of Egypt, and development banks.

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