Renewable energies are a niche likely to strengthen co-innovation between Morocco and Spain, said Thursday in Rabat, the Secretary of State for Sustainable Development, Nezha El Ouafi.
Speaking at the opening of the first edition of the Moroccan-Spanish forum of green innovation, Ms. El Ouafi noted that this cooperation can only be achieved through the promotion of scientific and technological cooperation, the transfer knowledge and know-how, as well as capacity building in several areas, including renewable energy.
Through eco-innovation, Morocco could accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy and the adoption of industrial processes favoring energy efficiency and energy saving will not only reduce emissions of gases greenhouse gas, but also to reduce the country’s energy bill while improving the competitiveness of its economic fabric, she explained.
Recognizing the importance and the need to promote eco-innovation, as an engine of green growth, the State Secretariat has set up with the support of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the program for innovation in clean technologies and green employment, supported the government official, noting that this program is aimed at self-entrepreneurs, strat-ups and SMEs.
Ms. El Ouafi, in this regard, recalled that the objective of this program is the promotion of green jobs by supporting cleantech innovations and green entrepreneurship through the organization of annual competitions that aim to reward the most innovative projects and the setting up of a program of acceleration and personalized support for projects.
The themes targeted by this program include waste recovery, the rational use of water, energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy, she said, noting that the winners who excel in this framework receive a financial endowment for the purchase of equipment and services and benefit from technical support and the platform of partner networks intended to propel them onto the market.
Ms. El Ouafi also noted that the State Secretariat is working to promote research and development projects with universities and the private sector through the participation in the financing of collaborative research projects to develop technical solutions to environmental issues specific to the national context.
This forum brings together researchers, experts and industry from both countries in the fields of renewable energy, energy efficiency and green technologies is part of the “Inno-Espamaroc Energy” for the joint financing of applied research projects between Morocco and Spain for the year 2018. It aims to strengthen co-innovation between the two countries, through the encouragement of scientific and technological cooperation, the transfer of knowledge and know-how, as well as capacity building.