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EU-funded project targets energy efficiency in Morocco

 Nine energy efficiency projects for the building sector were launched in Morocco yesterday. The projects are funded by the European Union, in partnership with Morocco's National Agency for Development of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ADEREE), for a total amount of 83.5 million dirhams (around €7.5 million).

 
The launching ceremony was attended by Ambassador Eneko Landaburu, Head of the EU Delegation to Morocco, and Mr. Fouad Douiri, Moroccan minister of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment.
 
The energy sector plays a very important role in the partnership of the European Union with the Southern Mediterranean countries, and particularly Morocco, said a press release on the EU Delegation's Facebook page. One of the biggest challenges that Morocco is facing now is a demand for energy that will double by 2020, which can be tackled by a rapid increase of its production capacity in renewable energy, and by adopting large-scale measures of energy efficiency to curb the growth of energy demand. Therefore, the promotion of pilot initiatives that will stimulate the interest of the players and test the results before applying them on a larger scale is essential.
 
That’s why the EU has supported ADEREE in this approach through the funding of nine demonstration projects in the construction of energy-efficient buildings in the sectors of social housing and tourism development. “These are concrete projects which show that it is possible to make interesting energy savings with relatively small investments,” said Mr. Landaburu.
 
The additional costs on these nine projects incurred by the integration of energy efficiency measures will be funded by the EU, in line with the aims of the project of “Energy efficiency code in the building field” prepared by ADEREE in collaboration with the UNDP.

This launch fits into a larger partnership of the EU with Morocco, and in particular in a support programme to the national energy strategy that has been running since 2008 and that covers electricity, renewable energy, energy efficiency as well as the oil and gas sectors.
 
“Through this partnership, the EU brings its support to the priority given by the government in its governmental declaration to the adoption of a proactive approach in its energy policies,” Mr. Landaburu stated. (ENPI Info Centre)
 
Read more
 
Press release
 
EU Delegation – Morocco
 
EU Delegation in Morocco – Facebook page
 
ADEREE website
 
ENPI Info Centre webpage – energy

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