Morocco has just concluded a "green partnership" with the European Union (EU) to strengthen their energy cooperation and fight against global warming. This partnership is in line with the National Sustainable Development Strategy adopted in June 2017 by the Moroccan government.
Morocco and the European Union (EU) sign a “green partnership”. The related agreement was signed recently between Nasser Bourita, the Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Resident Abroad, and Frans Timmermans, the Executive Vice President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Climate Action Policy.
This partnership will allow the development of electric mobility and renewable energies (biomass, green hydrogen, desalination and marine energy) in order to “ensure the transition to a decarbonized industry,” says Minister Nasser Bourita. Rabat and Brussels also plan to invest in mobility and sustainable waste management in order to reduce air pollution that endangers human health and biodiversity in Morocco.
In the North African kingdom, the implementation of the “Green Partnership” will be jointly steered by Mohamed Benchaâboun, the Moroccan Minister of Economy, Finance and Administrative Reform, and his counterpart Leila Benali, in charge of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development .
According to the Moroccan authorities, the partnership will also contribute to the implementation of the Paris Agreement (COP21) on climate through which Morocco plans to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 45.5% by 2030.
Sustainable development in focus
“This agreement underscores the importance of developing mutually beneficial approaches to address the multiple challenges posed by the post-Covid-19 recovery by promoting a transition to more sustainable societies and consumption patterns over the long term. This is in line with the UN Agenda 2030 driven by the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” says the EU.
Earlier in February 2022, the Group of 27 granted the government of Morocco funding worth €1.6 billion (nearly 18 billion Moroccan dirhams) under the “Global Gateway”. This program aims to mobilize 300 billion euros over the period 2021-2027 for sustainable projects in the field of infrastructure, digital and climate between the EU and its partners. The initiative will allow the Cherifian kingdom to increase the share of renewable energy in the national electricity mix to 52%.