While it was ranked 8th in the 2022 edition, Morocco ranked seventh in the world in the 2023 edition of the prestigious ranking of Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI), to position itself among the 10 best performing countries.
Published annually since 2005, the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) is an independent monitoring tool to track the climate protection performance of 59 countries and the EU.
Like the two previous editions, Morocco ranks high in three main categories of the CCPI, namely GHG emissions (greenhouse gases), energy consumption and climate policy.
While the trend in renewable energy tariffs is very high, the CCPI indicates in its document that Morocco receives a very low score for its share of renewable energy and a low score for its 2030 objectives, which translates into the support of Morocco for renewable energies, it is specified.
Moreover, and if Morocco maintains its positive trend in renewable energies, it should also improve in the other two indicators, underlines the CCPI, noting that despite this positive development, the experts of the CCPI note that Morocco lacks the will to decentralize renewable energies and encourage citizens to produce their own renewable energy.
Crises hold back Morocco’s ambitions
The prestigious Climate Change Performance Index ranking highlights that several crises are holding back the Kingdom’s ambitions. According to the CCPI, Morocco has been at the forefront of reducing its GHG emissions by strengthening this effort after COP22, noting that the government has established a framework to reduce emissions and respect the Paris agreements.
While recalling that Morocco has committed to a target of planting 600,000 hectares of forest by 2030, CCPI experts welcome the positive developments that the country has made in recent years, but nevertheless criticize the current laws for their lack of enforceability and lack of industry buy-in to them.
Likewise, experts welcome the positive changes that the new government has undertaken to improve the country’s climate performance, but note that the global COVID-19 pandemic, water stress and the geopolitical and economic crisis induced by the aggressive war of the Russia against Ukraine are brakes on ambitions.
Several Moroccan experts have contributed to the CCPI 2023. They are Dr Mohamed Sadik, Abderrahim Ksiri (AESVT-Morocco), Dr Youssef Ben-Meir (Haut Atlas Foundation), Saïd Chakri and Touria Barradi.