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Editor in Chief Mohamed Wadie

GEM Receives Accreditation as 1st Green Museum in Africa, MENA

Tue 20 Feb 2024 | 02:03 PM
Ali abo dashish- Ahmed Emam

The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) has been recognized as the first green museum in Africa and the Middle East by receiving the international certificate EDGE Advance for green buildings. This certificate is accredited by the International Finance Corporation, a part of the World Bank Group, and is one of the most important international certificates for classifying green buildings. The museum underwent a comprehensive evaluation of the standards set for energy and water conservation, as well as the percentage of carbon emissions from materials used in construction.

Atef Moftah, General Supervisor of the GEM Project, expressed his happiness in receiving this certificate. He noted that the evaluation process included a field review of all items of the certificate. "The museum revealed the many methods it uses to conserve energy, which are in line with the Egyptian state's direction and Egypt's Vision 2030 in using clean energy. This includes installing solar cells in addition to natural lighting and ventilation systems that allow visitors to have lower average temperatures than outside in the summer and moderate temperatures in the winter."

The museum achieved record performance rates, obtaining a conservation rate of 62% in the field of energy, 34% in the field of water consumption, and 59% of carbon emissions of building materials. These percentages prove the efforts made to make the museum an environmentally friendly international museum in accordance with international green building standards.

It is worth noting that GEM received several other certificates, including the Gold Certificate for Green Building and Sustainability according to the Egyptian Green Pyramid System from the National Center for Housing and Building Research. It also received the award for the best project in the field of green building during the "Environment and Development: The Road to the Sharm El-Sheikh Climate Change Conference (COP27)" forum, which was organized by the Arab Water Council in Cairo, with the participation of 12 Arab and foreign countries.