Morocco falls one place to 7th, but remains in the top 10 of this year’s CCPI and among the high-performing countries.
As in previous years, Morocco scores high in all categories except for Renewable Energy, where it rises three spots but maintains its medium ranking. Despite the very high-rated trend in this category, very low current levels of Renewable Energy in Energy Use, as well as insufficient 2030 targets, prevent the country from improving its rating here.
This is also reflected in experts’ comments, as they cite Morocco’s not living up to its potential in renewable energy production. Though experts positively note the government’s encouragement of investments, they criticise the absence of plans for a decentralised energy transition. While experts point to the royal family’s strong commitment to reducing GHG emissions, they note clear legislation and a long-term strategy are still missing. Moreover, as a main national policy shortcoming, experts identify the lack of concrete action for a coal phase-out or at least reduced coal consumption, as this stands in the way of effective emissions reduction. Despite the above, experts appreciate recent investments in public rail transport, along with relatively strong legislation in energy efficiency and forestry; therefore, they give an overall medium rating for Morocco’s national climate policy. The country receives a high rating for its international climate policy, as experts look favourably upon Morocco’s commendable commitment to the Paris Agreement and its engagement in climate alliances. There is also positive mention of Morocco’s role as a leader with regard to energy and sustainability on the African continent.
The following national experts agreed to be mentioned as contributors to this year’s CCPI: Saddik Mohammed (Association Homme & Environnement), Touria Barradi (Professor), Said Chakri, Bauke Baumann (Heinrich Boell Foundation, Rabat Morocco Office).