Energy is now a determining factor in competitiveness and decarbonization, said Wednesday in Casablanca, the Director General of the National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEE), Abderrahim El Hafidi. .
Speaking during a panel under the theme “Decarbonization and energy and water efficiency for industry” held within the framework of the 1st edition of the National Day of Industry, Mr. El Hafidi pointed out that the energy sector is responsible for 3 quarters of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, noting that an adequate energy policy will ensure the competitiveness of the Moroccan economy, and reduce external dependence, reports MAP.
“The energy mix in Morocco is so diversified that we must begin to respond to the need to reconcile competitiveness and decarbonization”, he said, adding that the real problem today is that of preparing the actors manufacturers to contribute to energy efficiency.
At present, Moroccan industry consumes 20% of the total energy produced in Morocco, of which only 62% is intended for petroleum products and 30% for electricity, noted Mr. El Hafidi.
And to add that “these 30% of the electricity consumed by Moroccan industry represent 35% of the electricity produced at the national level, with no more than 30% of renewable energy, and 70% of energy The conclusion today is that Moroccan industry is a great challenge in the face of decarbonization”.
He thus underlined that energy efficiency strategies make it possible to optimize consumption and emissions levels, recalling that Morocco has been able to draw lessons from past crises, including that of 2022 which constituted the fourth oil shock, and has understood that it is necessary to review the energy model, and mainly the energy mix, thus improving its performance in terms of emissions, external independence and competitiveness of the energy sector.
In this regard, Mr. El Hafidi argued that the success of an energy efficiency and decarbonization strategy requires the strengthening of Morocco’s independence in energy, through the development of the energies available to the country. , specifying that Morocco aims to increase the share of renewable energies to 54% in the overall installed power by 2030.
This event, organized under the High Patronage of HM King Mohammed VI, on the initiative of the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises (CGEM), brings together the ministries, the institutions concerned, the professional federations and private operators, and will serve as a platform for discussion on the sector’s strategic development issues and the priorities of the new industrial strategy.