A high-level official delegation from Morocco will travel to Abu Dhabi to attend the World Future Energy Summit (WFES), to be held from January 16 to 19, as the North African nation moves to generate 100 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources.
As host of the COP22 climate change conference in November, Morocco was one of 48 nations in the Climate Vulnerable Forum to commit to reaching 100 per cent as ‘rapidly as possible’.
Other Mena states to sign the pledge included Lebanon, Palestine, Sudan, Tunisia and Yemen.
In 2009 Morocco set a target of producing 42 per cent of its electricity from renewables by 2020, and has since revised that upwards to 52 per cent by 2030. The nation is well on track to achieving its ambitions, having reached 35 per cent during 2016.
“In 2008 we developed our famous energy policy, which is now brought to fruition through the installation of the largest concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in the world,” said Hakima El Haité, Minister of Energy, Mining, Water and Environment of the Kingdom of Morocco, ahead of the opening of COP22. “In 2011, we wrote sustainable development into the Constitution, and today Morocco has its sustainable development law and its green investment plan.”