Climate News Home has said that the Egyptian government is currently increasing the use of diesel oil in power plants as an alternative to natural gas, which it seeks to export to Europe instead of consuming locally. According to experts, burning diesel oil generates higher carbon dioxide emissions and causes severe health and environmental harm.
Egypt is currently hosting the COP27 climate summit. While the Egyptian government boasts that it has converted power plants to run on natural gas, Egypt returned to using diesel oil in October due to a rise in natural gas prices. Environmental activists have described Egypt’s strategy as short-sighted, while the 350 Organization considered it disappointing.
Egyptian studies on the environmental and health impact of burning diesel fuel asserted its adverse effects on the respiratory system and liver. They also revealed significant environmental risks in using diesel fuel to operate power plants.