The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has issued an invitation for expressions of interest on ‘Technology and Policy Scoping for a Low-Carbon Egyptian Cement Industry’.
The assignment description outlines the growth of the Egyptian cement industry to its current capacity of around 70 million t, and its make-up of more than 20 multinational and domestic companies. In recent years, shortages in natural gas supply have impacted production, leading the government to issue a temporary permission for cement plants to use coal or petcoke as part of their energy mix. The EBRD points out that this could potentially lead to significant increases in greenhouse gas emissions from the Egyptian cement sector. Furthermore, there is disparity in the ability of the companies in the sector to comply with environmental safeguards. The development also needs to be seen in an international climate policy context.
The EBRD wishes to engage a consultant for mitigating the impact of the new regulations by outlining an alternative, realistic low-carbon path for the Egyptian cement industry, based on the application of international best practices and a full analysis of the environmental and economic impact of the changes in regulations.
The main objectives of the assignment are as follows:
a) Establishing a technology roadmap for a sustainable low-carbon future, with a view to move towards alternative low/no-carbon fuels and increased levels of enforcement of regulatory compliance.
b) A full and documented stakeholder engagement through consultation with relevant stakeholders following the finalisation of the draft (technical) report aimed to solicit a broad spectrum of views from industry, civil society and other stakeholders on findings of the report.
c) The production of a barrier analysis for a sustainable low-carbon future that identifies the legislative, regulatory and economic barriers to Egypt’s cement industry moving onto a low-carbon development path, including recommendations to overcome these barriers. To define the technology options required to implement the transition to a low-carbon future through the design of a low carbon production process at three (existing) reference plants, out of which two at least are private sector plants.
The assignment is expected to start in May 2015 and last for 12 months. The cost estimate for the assignment is €300 000, exclusive of VAT.
Full details of the assignment can be found on the EBRD website.
Adapted from assignment details by Katherine Guenioui
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