Green Energy Future Index: Morocco Ranks First in MENA Region

Morocco, which ranked 26 globally, is firmly in the "green middle", a category that includes 20 best countries in commitment to building a green future.

Morocco, which ranked 26 globally, is firmly in the “green middle”, a category that includes 20 best countries in commitment to building a green future.

According to the Green Future Index published yearly by the MIT Technology Review, Morocco ranks best among Middle East and North Africa countries in the category of countries investing to reach a low carbon economy.

The Index is a ranking of 76 leading countries and territories on their progress and commitment toward building a low carbon future, and transforming their economies toward sustainable agriculture and clean energy.
Data was gathered through secondary research and analysis, as well as interviews with experts in climate change, environmental technology and green energy.

MIT measured green performance on 5 pillars – carbon emissions, clean innovation, climate policy, energy transition and green society. The taxonomy helps companies, policy makers and business leaders determine whether they are lagging behind or leading the way in addressing the global climate emergency.

Authors of the index presented Morocco as a model in the field of renewable energy, explaining that His Majesty King Mohammed VI launched, over a decade ago, a national debate on the future of energy, leading to reshaping the fundamental policy and setting a target that would result in 42% of renewable energy in 2020 (52% by 2030).

Said Mouline, CEO of Morocco’s Agency for Energy Efficiency (AMEE), stated that “subsidies to fossil fuels have been removed and replaced by energy conversion programs; for example, to replace gas-based agricultural irrigation with solar pumps, nearly 40,000 pumps have been installed so far”, adding that the AMEE has set up a capacity building center in Marrakech to train Africans in fields related to renewable electricity and sustainable pumping in agriculture.

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