Action stepped up
For twenty years now, ADEME and its Moroccan counterparts ADEREE*, which replaced CDER in 2010, have maintained constructive and privileged relations. A European institutional twinning has further enhanced this cooperation.
Importing over 95% of the energy it consumes, Morocco remains dependent on the outside world for its supplies. “The country is highly attuned to the challenges aimed at reducing this dependency”, points out Thierry Méraud, responsible for Neighbouring EU Countries at ADEME’s International Affairs Department. “That’s why the country has committed to an energy efficiency approach to improve its autonomy.” Among other significant actions, it has launched the Moroccan Solar Plan that aims to limit the country’s energy consumption (a planned 12% improvement in energy efficiency) and to increase by two gigawatt hours the contribution of solar energy by 2020. “This partnership has, over the past 20 years, taken the form of a series of exchanges and concrete actions that resulted in 2010 in the signing of a bilateral cooperation agreement between ADEME and the newly created ADEREE.” The “Sustainable Cities and Regions” and “Energy Efficiency in Buildings” actions, to quote just those two, have been launched against this backdrop. “They have made it possible to identify Morocco’s needs in these areas, to bring about the future thermal regulations for the building industry, and to transfer to local authorities numerous tools to assess their public lighting, analyse their urban environment and implement Local Climate-Energy plans, for example.”
In 2012, the durability of these relations led to the launch of an institutional twinning between Morocco and France (leading European partner) and Germany (junior partner). This 30-month programme spans 180 four to five day missions to help Morocco roll out its energy efficiency approach. In all, 65 French and German experts will lead missions divided into five areas of activity: new social housing and the refurbishment of existing stock; equipment in housing and tertiary buildings; industry SMEs and large tertiary sector organisations; regions and local authorities; and lastly, cross-activity actions (public policy strategies and tools, training and communication). The strength of these initiatives lies in their durability, “The bilateral cooperation agreement should shortly be renewed and the twinning can then enter its phase 2. That leaves us the time to carry on with an organised and very useful project.” Companies have, of course, their role to play in this project. The fifth Pollutec Morocco trade show, held from 23 to 26 October next, will provide them with an opportunity to gain a better understanding of this programme and to promote their expertise in highly sought-after areas (public lighting, urban transit, etc.).
* Moroccan agency for the development for renewable energy and energy efficiency (ADEREE), created in 2010.
www.ademe.fr/presse (in French only)