Within the current transitional period, the ministry of Trade and Industry is considering the use of coal as an alternative source of energy, ignoring its detrimental effects on the environment and on public health. The Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights strongly condemns the move to use coal as a source of energy in the cement industry. In this respect, ECESR calls on the ministry of Trade and Industry and other ministries to conduct careful evaluations of the impact of the use of coal, both on the environment and on the health of local populations, while considering safer alternative sources of energy. ECESR also encourages the relevant ministries and decision makers to listen to the calls of civil society organizations, the ministry of environment and other entities, who have raised serious concerns regarding the use of coal as a source of energy.
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