Morocco’s ports authority opts for energy efficiency

Morocco’s ports authority (ANP) and the Moroccan Agency for sustainable energy (MASEN) signed a cooperation agreement to promote the use of renewable energies in Morocco’s ports.

The agreement would help the ANP tap into MASEN’s experience to facilitate the transition of Morocco’s ports to renewable energies and energy efficiency.

Morocco plans to create 150,000 jobs in the next decade out of energy efficiency projects, the finance ministry said in an official document.

The strategy provides for including energy efficiency measures in construction, industry, transport, public lighting, agriculture and fisheries, the document showed.

It also aims at reducing the energy cost by 250 billion dirhams and cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 125 million tons.

The document recalls that energy efficiency measures were implemented in 500 mosques for a total cost of 6 million dirhams in the cities of Tangier, Marrakech, Oujda, Casablanca, Fez, Meknes, Sale and Agadir.

Morocco is a leading country in the use of solar power hosting the largest concentrated solar power plant in its south-west. Built on an area of more than 3,000 hectares – the size of 3,500 football fields – The Noor Ouarzazate complex- produces enough electricity to power a city the size of Prague.

The whole complex provides 580 megawatts saving the planet from over 760,000 tons of carbon emissions.

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