As Africa strives to find the best way forward for the transition to renewable energies, Morocco is championing Africa’s green revolution and had even inscribed the right of access to sustainable energy in its Constitution.
Noting for example that South Africa has failed to guarantee such a crucial human right to its citizens, the two countries which are literally almost geographically at odds with the continent, could share their experiences in this area.
Morocco is on track to have between 60% and 65% of its electricity produced from renewable energies by 2030, while South Africa, despite an abundance of renewable resources for its energy self-sufficiency, does not expects to reach that 30%.
“These figures, cited by the World Economic Forum (WEF), also show that Morocco already represents three quarters of the growth in renewable energy production in the region”, recalling that the Kingdom has one of the most large concentrated solar power plants in the world with the Noor Ouarzazate complex spanning 3000 hectares.
According to the WEF report, “Morocco encourages private investment, sets long-term objectives and has even enshrined the right to sustainable development in its Constitution”.
In contrast, South Africa still relies on coal for its power generation and very little on sustainable power generation, placing the country in conflict with clean energy advocates.
As one of the main economies of Africa, South Africa must contribute to the green revolution and follow the example of Morocco as a serious political partner and which, moreover, plays a major role on the continent.
The advantage of being part of this dynamic is to accumulate experience and know all the issues in the event of an unforeseeable crisis that may arise, noting that the experience of Morocco is beneficial.
With its rapid evolution in terms of sustainable growth, Morocco should reap with the pioneer nations the economic fruits of the switch to renewable energies, noting that the National Climate Plan 2020-2030 has been designed to improve the Kingdom’s capacity to adapt. and accelerate its transformation to a low-emissions economy.
The national climate policies envisaged in the plan would be implemented with a participatory approach, while promoting innovation to meet the challenges of climate change. The qualification of young people, training and job creation are part of the plan.
As a leader in sustainable development, the Kingdom of Morocco is already contributing to projects such as electrification, irrigation and the construction of infrastructure in other countries of the continent, Morocco’s commitment to the path of renewable energies. is a new path of continental cooperation which should be taken by others.