As 2020 came to a close, CEDARE in collaboration with FES Egypt celebrated its publication “Mainstreaming Electric Mobility in Egypt: Seeing the bigger picture of sustainable cities“. The training programs revolving around this policy document came at a very relevant time during the COVID-19 pandemic, when one of the major challenges in preventive measures is the provision of transportation alternatives, and remembering that electric mobility is only “a” solution and not “the” solution. Among the key highlights were the reminders that fuel-quality in Egypt is a fundamental prerequisite to cleaner air and parallel planning for walkability and cycling friendliness are essential to the bigger picture of a sustainable city. An introduction to the concepts of Micromobility has also been addressed with reflections on the necessary regulations that must be developed in the coming years.
Low Emission Zones for Egypt?
Coming up next in 2022, is a long-awaited guidance document on Low Emission Zones (LEZs) to be incorporated into existing plans and program, and investigating means of application in Egypt. With the advent of natural gas, electric mobility, and improved intelligent transport systems (ITS), now might be the time to leapfrog towards such powerful schemes for greener urban environment.