Egyptian sugar getting greener

Abu Dhabi’s Masdar energy and development company has signed a 10 year CO2 Emissions Control Agreement with Egyptian Sugar and Integrated Industries Company (ESIIC) to reduce 57,200 tons of its CO2 gas emissions per year for a ten year period.

Masdar is part of the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (ADFEC), whose Masdar Clean Tech Fund recently raised more than $265 billion in funding.

As part of the agreement, Masdar will replace Egyptian Sugar’s consumption of Mazut heavy fuel oil with natural gas, which is expected to reduce carbon emissions by an equivalent of 57,200 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) over 10 years.

Mazut is a heavy, low quality fuel oil, used in generating plants and similar applications. In the United States and Western Europe mazut is blended or broken down with the end product being diesel.

Mazut may be used for heating houses in former USSR and in countries of Far East that do not have the facilities to blend or break it down into more traditional petro-chemicals. In the west, furnaces that burn Mazut are commonly called “waste oil” heaters or “waste oil” furnaces.

The agreement for the Cairo company to stop using this popular, cheap and polluting fuel could not have come too soon for a company which supplies refined sugar and other food products for much of Egypt’s 80 million population, and whose present CO2 greenhouse gas emissions help contribute to Egypt’s growing pollution problems which make its largest city, Cairo, one of the most polluted cities in the world. For a recap, we talked about the emissions problems in Cairo in the article: Egypt Takes Smog Prize Aheard of 2009 Under 20 World Cup.

Although this kind of project is not comparable to ones such as Masdar’s carbon neutral and renewable energy fueled project Masdar City , it’s at least a start for a country that not only has some of the worst pollution problems in the world, but one of the fastest growing populations as well.

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