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IFC Recognizes the Grand Egyptian Museum as the First EDGE Advanced Green Museum in Africa and the Middle East

This makes the museum the first in Africa and the Middle East, and one of a handful worldwide, to receive the certification.
20.02.24 | Source: IFC

 IFC today awarded the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) with the EDGE Advanced Green Building Certification, making the museum the first in Africa and the Middle East, and one of a handful worldwide, to receive the certification.

Supported by Switzerland's State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the UK Government, the EDGE Advanced certification recognizes the GEM's resource efficient and climate-smart design and construction, which is helping the museum save more than 60% in energy costs and reduce water use by 34% compared to a conventional building of its type and size.

The museum, which has a site area of half a million square meters, has taken sustainability measures including a reflective roof, external shading for thermal comfort, resource-efficient lighting, and water fixtures, in addition to the use of smart meters for energy consumption.

These measures translate into energy savings equivalent to removing over 400 gasoline-powered vehicles from the streets of Cairo for one year, and water savings equivalent to 63.4 million liters of Nile River water annually.

"The Grand Egyptian Museum received this prestigious award by IFC based on the building's energy and water efficiency measures and its reduced carbon footprint," said Major General Atef Moftah, the Grand Egyptian Museum's General Manager. "These measures – and this certificate – reaffirms the museum's commitment to sustainability, in alignment with Egypt's Vision 2030 for clean energy."

"The Grand Egyptian Museum going green – and becoming the first EDGE Advanced certified museum in Africa and the Middle East – is a powerful testament to Egypt's growing commitment to sustainability," said Cheick-Oumar Sylla, IFC's Regional Director for North Africa and the Horn of Africa. "Building green is both resource-efficient and cost-effective. Now is the time to build more responsibly and support Egypt in its journey toward a lower-carbon future."