The Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) reported through a press release on its website that Egypt’s carbon dioxide emissions have risen from 197.14m tons in 2013/2014 to 201.34m tons in 2014/2015.
The 2.13% increase in Egypt’s carbon dioxide emissions is believed to be the aftermath of the consumption of both petroleum products and natural gas. Egypt Independent wrote that according to the CAPMAS statistics, the electricity sector in Egypt accounted for 42.6% of the nation’s total carbon dioxide emissions in 2014/2015. The electricity sector is a heavy consumer of petroleum products and is considered the largest single producer of carbon dioxide emissions in the nation.
Other sectors that also significantly contribute to the nation’s total carbon dioxide emissions are: the transport sector, accounting for 17.9%; the industrial sector, accounting for 17.2%, and the trade sector, accounting for 8%.
Meanwhile, the total amount of electricity generated from renewable energy – including hydroelectricity, wind power, and solar power – had also increased over the recent years. Renewables accounted for 14,798 MW/hr in 2013/2014 in comparison with 14,618 MW/hr in 2012/2013, indicating an increase of 1.2%.
CAPMAS’ press release additionally mentioned that Egypt has managed to drastically cut down on ozone-depleting substances, in the framework of the country’s commitment to the most successful environment protection agreement, the Montreal Protocol. Egypt has quit using halon gas in 2007 and chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in 2011. The country also consumed only 10 tons of bromomethane gas in 2014, in comparison with consuming 92 tons in 2013, indicating a substantial decrease of 89.1%.