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IEA releases new review of Morocco’s energy policies

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The International Energy Agency, IEA recently released the latest in-depth review of Morocco’s energy policies. The new energy policies welcomed institutional, legal and fiscal reforms which are expected to promote the sustainable development of the country’s energy sector.

According to IEA, the report was presented in Rabat by Dr Fatih Birol, the International Energy Agency’s Executive Director, in the presence of Morocco’s Minister of Energy, Mr Aziz Rabbah. The report is the IEA’s second in-depth review of Morocco’s policies after a first edition was published in 2014.

Apparently, since the last review, the IEA noted the government’s positive efforts to boost renewable investment, provide access to electricity, and phase out of subsidies for fossil fuel consumption. With the exception of bottled butane, fuel prices are now linked to the international market. 

According to IEA, the review provides detailed recommendations to maintain the momentum for reform and increase ambitions for the country’s energy transition. It also notes Morocco’s ample opportunities for efficiency improvements and more renewables deployment. For now, the country still relies on oil, gas and coal imports for 90% of its energy needs.

Morocco is pursuing an ambitious energy transition pathway but reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, in line with the country’s commitments to the Paris Agreement, will require the scaling up of private and public investments.

In addition, the country has also refurbished its coal-fired power generation fleet with efficiency upgrades to ultra-supercritical technology and is providing adequate funding for energy efficiency programmes, and coordinating them across government agencies.

According to IEA boss, he said “I am very pleased to count Morocco as a member of the IEA Family. “It was the first country in the Middle East and North Africa to join us. Morocco’s success in moving towards universal access and phasing out fossil fuel subsidies is a role model for many countries, making it an ideal partner to host regional training and capacity building programmes that help to improve energy policy making across Africa.”

Minister Rabbah and Dr Birol agreed to increase the collaboration between Morocco and the IEA, including through new training activities on energy efficiency policies and data gathering for a wider group of African countries.

This in-depth review was carried out by the IEA at the request of the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development, with input coming from many authorities and energy sector stakeholders in Morocco.

Source IEA
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