The Grand Egyptian Museum will be the first eco-friendly museum in Egypt: GEM supervisor-general

Nevine El-Aref , Friday 25 Feb 2022

In an attempt to transform the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) into Egypt’s first eco-friendly museum, several services are now being reviewed to make sure it meets the required standards for sustainability in its environmental, economic and cultural dimensions.

A general view of The Grand Egyptian Museum( GEM ).

The review comes within the framework of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities’ strategy for sustainable development as part of Egypt’s Vision 2030 to preserve the ecological balance and the sustainability of tourism and antiquities as well as encouraging the sector to develop in unison with the transition to a green economy and environmentally friendly practices.

Major General Atef Moftah, the supervisor-general of the GEM project, explained that the museum is in the process of obtaining Egyptian Green Pyramid accreditation.

To obtain the certificate of accreditation, he explained, the GEM has to meet a number of special requirements.

These requirements include visitor services, transportation to the museum, ease of access, the creation of bike paths, parking lots, the use of electric cars, efficiency of water and energy consumption, especially in the museum's green landscape, as well as use of renewable energy sources.

The accreditation is being conducted in collaboration with the National Centre for Housing and Building Research.

“Approving the museum as a green building also includes ways of managing it and the quality of the internal environment by improving its ventilation system and the use of natural ventilation and air circulation that must comply with the minimum required ventilation rates,” Moftah pointed out.

“[After] accrediting the Green Pyramid certificate, the GEM would be the first green museum in Egypt,” he asserted.

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