Grand Egyptian Museum Achieves Milestone as First EDGE Advanced Green Museum in Africa and the Middle East

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

The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) has made history by becoming the first museum in Africa and the Middle East to be awarded the prestigious EDGE Advanced Green Building Certification by the International Finance Corporation (IFC). This recognition underscores Egypt’s commitment to sustainable development and sets a new benchmark for environmentally responsible construction in the region.

Supported by Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the UK Government, the EDGE Advanced certification acknowledges the Grand Egyptian Museum’s innovative approach to design and construction, resulting in substantial energy and water savings. Compared to conventional buildings of similar size and type, the GEM is saving over 60% in energy costs and reducing water usage by 34%, showcasing its dedication to resource efficiency and climate-smart practices.

The museum, spanning half a million square meters, has implemented a range of sustainability measures including a reflective roof, external shading for thermal comfort, energy-efficient lighting, and water fixtures, along with the integration of smart meters for precise monitoring of energy consumption.

H.E. Dr. Rania A. Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, Egypt, highlighted the significance of this achievement, stating, “Today, the Grand Egyptian Museum stands as a shining example of innovation and environmental stewardship, showcasing the successful partnership between Egypt and the IFC in promoting sustainable infrastructure.”

Cheick-Oumar Sylla, IFC’s Regional Director for North Africa and the Horn of Africa, emphasized the importance of green building practices, noting, “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.”

Major General Atef Moftah, the Grand Egyptian Museum’s General Manager, expressed pride in the museum’s commitment to sustainability, aligning with Egypt’s Vision 2030 for clean energy.

The GEM’s EDGE Advanced certification is part of IFC’s Green Building project, developed in collaboration with the Government of Egypt’s Housing and Building National Research Center (HBRC). Dr. Mohamed Massoud, Chairman of HBRC, hailed the project as a testament to Egypt’s leadership in sustainable construction practices and the power of collaboration between government, international organizations, and the private sector.

Since its inception in Egypt, IFC has invested and mobilized approximately $8 billion in investment projects, with a focus on sectors such as fintech, climate finance, manufacturing, and renewable energy.

The Grand Egyptian Museum, a cornerstone of Egypt’s cultural heritage and a beacon of sustainable development, continues to inspire visitors while exemplifying a commitment to preserving the past and building a greener future.

To learn more about EDGE and its impact on sustainable construction, visit

For information on the Housing and Building National Research Center (HBRC), visit

For updates and details about the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), visit their official website.

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