Berlin: Morocco, Germany Seal Climate and Energy Alliance

The declaration, signed by Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Nasser Bourita, German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Svenja Schulze, and Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection, Stefan Wenzel, aims to establish greater cooperation in climate adaptation, the development of renewable energies and the production of green hydrogen.

With this partnership, inked in the presence of HM the King’s ambassador to Germany, Zohour Alaoui, the two countries are deepening their cooperation in the development of the green hydrogen industry, electricity trading, decarbonization, climate adaptation and skills training.

“Morocco has excellent conditions for producing electricity from wind and sun, with which it can cover the needs of its own economy and, in future, also start exporting green hydrogen to Germany”, stressed a statement by the German Federal Ministries for Economic Cooperation and Development and for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection.

Morocco and Germany can draw on a wealth of experience in working together, particularly in the use of wind and solar energy, added the same source, noting that the BMZ has supported the construction of the world’s largest solar thermal power plant in Ouarzazate, which supplies electricity to around 1.3 million people.

“Embarking on the production of green hydrogen is the next step for Morocco”, the statement noted, adding that solar and wind power plants enable large-scale implementation and thus sustainable production of green hydrogen on an industrial scale and the development of green economic sectors.

It stressed that Germany is already involved in the construction of the first reference plant for the production of green hydrogen in Morocco, to be built over the next few years.

The plant is expected to produce around 10,000 tons of hydrogen per year, enough to produce 50,000 tons of green steel, said the same source, adding that the project is also intended to serve as a benchmark project for the profitability of green hydrogen production in Africa, and to boost private investor confidence in Morocco.

Other investments will follow on the basis of the new Morocco-German climate and energy alliance, the statement pointed out.

Morocco and Germany signed, on Friday in Berlin, a declaration aimed at establishing a joint climate and energy alliance to strengthen bilateral cooperation on climate protection and energy transition.

29 June 2024
Berlin
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