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Morocco, "world leader" in the use of renewable energies to combat climate change

The African country continues to develop innovative plans for the development of green and clean projects to combat the greenhouse effect and the emission of harmful gases
Una vista aérea de los espejos solares de la planta de energía solar concentrada Noor 1, próxima a la ciudad de Ouarzazate

AFP/FADEL SENNA  -   An aerial view of the solar mirrors of the Noor 1 concentrated solar power plant near the city of Ouarzazate

The Alawi kingdom is immersed in an ecological transition, it wants to leave aside non-renewable energies and embark on the full use of renewable energies to reduce carbon emissions that have a strong impact on climate change. For some time now, it has been working on more sustainable and environmentally friendly projects to maintain the health of the planet.

Simon Martin, British ambassador to Morocco, said Wednesday that the Alawi kingdom is a "world leader" for its actions against climate change, but above all for the enormous progress made in the transition to renewable energies. The remarks came during a visit by the British Prime Minister's Special Envoy for African Trade, Andrew Murrison, to mark 100 days since the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), where the African nation pledged to develop resilient, low-carbon health systems, setting 2050 as the target date for achieving zero carbon emissions.

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PHOTO/ARCHIVO – COP26

Earlier this year, the country submitted a document to the United Nations, which included a roadmap to start on the path to greener energy use, with 40 % of energy use coming from renewable energy sources by 2020. In the future, the use of renewable energy is expected to increase by 70% by 2040, reaching 100% renewable energy use by 2050. They want to promote energy efficiency and the use of natural resources at all times.

The diplomat underlined the importance of the Kingdom to continue with the development of such ambitious actions, as it has been one of the few states that has managed to establish a specific contribution to reduce CO2 emissions at the national level, with the aim of reaching the required levels. Thanks to this, the country has a flexible economy because it is not dependent on hydrocarbons, unlike other nations. This commitment to climate change puts Morocco "at the top of the list", Martin said. 

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PHOTO/PIXABAY – Green hydrogen

The official also informed that the North African state is carrying out bilateral work through the Energy Transition Council, based in the British city of Glasgow, with the intention of raising a series of funds to contribute to the Moroccan energy transition. He also highlighted the key role of the private sector in encouraging private sector investment in green projects, both in London and in Rabat.

In recent months, Morocco has reached agreements with different countries for the implementation of sustainable projects. One of them has been with France and its French company TotalEnergies, the challenge will be the production of energy resources through the use of wind and solar energy. In fact, the Moroccan administration has made an investment of 100 billion dirhams to replace non-renewable energy resources with the production of renewable products such as hydrogen and green ammonia.

The African nation, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), is a country potentially positioned to become a world leader in the export of green hydrogen by 2050. "Thanks to its climate policy over the past few years, Morocco has become a key leader in climate action initiatives," said the UN Resident Coordinator. 

Planta de energía termosolar Noor II de Ouarzazate
PHOTO/REUTERS - Noor II solar thermal power plant in Ouarzazate

Looking ahead, Morocco wants to be a cleaner and greener country, as reflected in the signing of the Paris Agreement in 2016. A key support for the region is the Moroccan National Authority for Energy Regulation, as well as the actions and innovative solutions of several young people in the fight against climate change. In addition, it aspires to position itself as a nation to follow for the rest of the international community, because it is becoming a pioneer in everything related to climate policy.