EcoCity roadmap for Egypt: Actions for eco-efficient urban development

Pekka Tuominen, Carmen Antuña Rozado, Åsa Hedman, Jutta Jantunen, Tiina Pajula, Ahmed AbdelMonteleb, Sara E. Abd Elhafez, Ola Balbaa, Waled Dawoud, Bahaa Elboshy, Yehia ElMahgary, Ahmed Elkafoury, Ghada Elshafei, Ahmed ElShazly, Mona GamalEldin, Ali Kamel, Mohamed Kamel, Abdelazim Negm, Heba Saeed, Abeer SamyBoshra Salem, Mohamed Shahin, Ali El-Nashar, Ahmed Yousry

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    Abstract

    Egypt's fast population growth together with economic development is causing drastic pressures on infrastructure, quality of life and the environment. Effectively responding to this challenge requires a strategic approach based on solutions that rely on research and scientific evidence. This document introduces an EcoCity roadmap for the development of Egyptian cities into EcoCities. The EcoCity approach is a multidisciplinary approach for developing cities to sustainable, ecologically friendly communities, spanning topics such as urban planning, energy systems, water and waste management, transportation planning and awareness-raising. This roadmap was developed in a series of three multidisciplinary workshops held in Egypt in 2013 and 2014 and commenting rounds following those events. The development of the EcoCity roadmap has three major uses: it aids in producing a consensus about a set of needs and the technologies required to satisfy those needs, it provides a mechanism to help forecast technology developments and it functions as a framework to help plan and coordinate future technology developments. The roadmap is presented in three parts: a vision for EcoCities in Egypt, thematic outline roadmaps to guide long term development and a listing of concrete implementation actions for realizing the roadmap. Each implementation action is a concrete recommendation for a practical action. Egypt faces many challenges at the present related to fast growing cities, economic difficulties and sustainable development. EcoCities should be seen as a way to answer all three, rather than pushing to promote one over the others. The proposed implementation actions aim to reduce the reliance on imported energy, reduce pollution, reduce congestion, conserve resources and valuable nature while promoting local business and jobs, improving mobility, improving the urban environment, increasing the use of renewable resources and promoting the participation of citizens.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationEspoo
    PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
    Number of pages36
    ISBN (Electronic)978-951-38-8241-9
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    MoE publication typeNot Eligible

    Publication series

    SeriesVTT Technology
    Number215
    ISSN2242-1211

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    Keywords

    • EcoCity
    • roadmap
    • city planning
    • renewable energy
    • sustainability

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    Tuominen, P., Antuña Rozado, C., Hedman, Å., Jantunen, J., Pajula, T., AbdelMonteleb, A., Abd Elhafez, S. E., Balbaa, O., Dawoud, W., Elboshy, B., ElMahgary, Y., Elkafoury, A., Elshafei, G., ElShazly, A., GamalEldin, M., Kamel, A., Kamel, M., Negm, A., Saeed, H., ... Yousry, A. (2015). EcoCity roadmap for Egypt: Actions for eco-efficient urban development. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. VTT Technology, No. 215 http://www.vtt.fi/inf/pdf/technology/2015/T215.pdf