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27 June 2003 - U.S. Helps 10th of Ramadan Improve Environment Practices


U.S. Agency for International Development and Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency encourage greater private sector involvement

Heliopolis, Egypt, June 27, 2003 Businesses in Egypts 10th of Ramadan Industrial City are implementing cleaner environmental practices, thanks to a joint U.S.-Egyptian program encouraging voluntary compliance. Organizers from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID/Egypt) and the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA) are urging more members of the private sector to join in pollution reduction efforts, emphasizing that what is good for the environment is also good for the bottom line.

This week at a conference in Heliopolis, Dr. Mohamed Sayed Khalil, chief executive officer of the EEAA, joined leading business representatives including Capt. Redallah Helmy, chairman of the 10th of Ramadan Board of Trustees and Engineer Hesham El Fatah, head of the Board of Trustees Environmental Committee, to review accomplishments in 10th of Ramadan. USAIDs Egyptian Environmental Policy Program has worked with the EEAA since 1999 on pollution reduction strategies in industrial areas including 10th of Ramadan, Egypts largest industrial city, located 55 kilometers from Cairo with diverse tenants in the chemical, construction, textile, paper, and medical industries.

Among the accomplishments in the past three years in 10th of Ramadan:
 30 companies launched efforts to establish best practices environmental management systems.
 10 companies introduced environmental performance tracking and measurement systems.
 5 companies were certified as meeting international ISO 14001 environmental impact standards.
 USAID transferred portable pollution monitoring equipment to 10th of Ramadan officials.
 USAID trained Board of Trustees staff in computer systems to track environmental performance.
 Businesses awareness of the importance of environmental management increased through the efforts of the Board of Trustees, Environmental Committee and City Development Agency.

USAID officials said more voluntary action from business owners is necessary for environmental management to keep pace with the growth of industry. Cleaner production in the 10th of Ramadan Industrial City is bringing a high payback, said USAID/Egypt Environment Division Chief Glenn Whaley. Good management of water and energy reduces waste and saves you money. Waste minimization and environmentally sound waste disposal enhances your business image. By taking steps now to avoid environmental problems on a voluntary basis, you will minimize your environmental compliance costs in the future.

USAID has spent nearly $157 million since 1975 helping Egypt to improve its management of the environment and natural resources. Assistance currently focuses on urban and industrial environmental protection, Red Sea natural resources, and conservation of energy and Nile River water. For more information, see www.usaid-eg.org/detail.asp?id=10.
This document was last updated on Friday, June 27, 2003
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