Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2015
Policy Type:Policy Support>Strategic planning
Policy Target:Framework/ Multi-sectoral Policy

The 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was held in Paris in November and December 2015. 195 participating countries negotiated and adopted the Paris Agreement, which includes objectives to peak greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible, to limit the global average temperature increase above pre-industrial levels to well below 2°C, and to pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5°C.

The Paris Agreement, which entered into force on 4 November 2016, requires Parties to put forward their best efforts through “nationally determined contributions” (NDCs). These NDCs represent targets and actions for the post-2020 period. 

Morocco's first NDC, submitted 19 September 2016, is an update of its intended nationally determined contribution of 5 June 2015. The NDC includes a commitment to reduce GHG emissions by 42% below business as-usual (BAU) levels by 2030, conditional on international support. Its unconditional target is 17% below BAU levels by 2030.

According to the NDC, Morocco’s GHG mitigation goals rely in large part on an important transformation of the country’s energy sector. It aims to reduce the country’s heavy reliance on foreign energy sources and increase the share of renewable energy, while responding to growing demand for energy to ensure the socioeconomic development and well-being of its citizens. The primary goals that underlie this energy transition are the following:

  • Reaching over 52% of installed electricity production capacity from renewable sources by 2030.
  • Reducing energy consumption by 15% by 2030.
  • Substantially reducing public fossil fuel subsidies, building on reforms already undertaken in recent years.
  • Substantially increasing the use of natural gas, through infrastructure projects allowing liquefied natural gas imports

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