Over the past two decades, Morocco has become a “world leader” in terms of renewable energies, thanks to an avant-garde policy initiated under the leadership of King Mohammed VI, underlined, in New York, the Minister Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, Leila Benali.
Speaking at an event organized within the framework of the Policy Forum on Sustainable Development (July 4-15) under the theme “Accelerating action on SDG 7 for the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement : universal access to energy and fair, inclusive and equitable energy transition”, Ms. Benali affirmed that Morocco has not hesitated to invest massively in renewable energies, aiming in particular to increase its electricity mix to exceed 52 % by 2030.
Aware of the great potential of the development of renewable energies, the Kingdom has put in place an appropriate framework to accelerate universal access to energy and achieve the energy transition, noted the minister, specifying that some 52 energy projects renewables with an installed capacity of more than 4 GW are already in service, while more than 59 other projects are under development or implementation.
She also indicated that the energy model adopted by Morocco is based on the development of renewable energies and the promotion of energy efficiency, noting that the renewable energy sector has become a wealth-generating sector which drives to improving human well-being and social equity while significantly reducing environmental risks and resource scarcity.
Ms. Benali also pointed out that energy efficiency represents the second pillar of Morocco’s energy transition, specifying that the Kingdom has 80 energy efficiency measures allowing a potential energy saving of 20% expected. by 2030.
To promote the development of renewable energies, Morocco has notably strengthened regional and international cooperation to pool technological and financial means and natural resources, the minister said.
And to note that Morocco has already begun to implement the recommendations of the New Development Model, aimed at reducing energy costs through the establishment of a new institutional architecture around a strong, independent and transparent regulator for the entire sector, the promotion of decentralized production.
Under the theme “Building back better after the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, while advancing towards the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, the High Level on Sustainable Development this year examines the SDGs, 4 (quality education), 5 (gender equality), 14 (life below water), 15 (life on land) and 17 (partnerships for the goals).