Increasing energy efficiency in Morocco

Project description

Title: Integrated planning and energy efficiency to increase the use of climate technologies
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Devel-opment (BMZ)
Country: Morocco
Lead executing agency: Ministère de l’Energie, des Mines et du Développement Durable (MEMDD)
Overall term: 2017 to 2020

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Over the past decade, Morocco has successfully initiated an energy transformation based on the Na-tional Energy Strategy, for which the Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Sustainable Development (MEMDD) is responsible. Alongside increasing the country’s electricity generation from renewable energies, the Strategy specifies improved energy efficiency as a key goal. The aim is to save 20 per cent by 2030 compared to a ‘business as usual’ scenario. The project provides support in tapping into the considerable potential for energy efficiency offered by the energy-intensive areas of industry, buildings and transport. 


Government institutions, companies and education and research institutions in Morocco contribute more effectively to implementing the National Energy Strategy. Energy efficiency increases in the areas of transport, industry and buildings.


One of the project’s key concerns is the development of a market for energy efficiency, which it supports in the following ways: 

The project improves institutional conditions and promotes the further development of the legal framework by developing the skills of key stakeholders, building networks and providing policy advice.

It encourages cooperation between relevant stakeholders (such as ministries, the Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency, professional associations, industry associations and educational institutions). The project supports the Ministry of Energy in designing consultation processes. 

Moreover, demonstration projects boost private sector performance in the area of energy efficiency. The lessons learned from these projects are used to develop and implement energy efficiency modules for training engineers, architects, technicians and professional drivers.

In addition, the project cooperates with the private sector, promoting the development of application-oriented research projects and supporting the development of a test platform for energy-efficient buildings.

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  • With its holistic, market-oriented approach, the project has played a key role in promoting the issue of energy efficiency in Morocco. 
  • The framework conditions for energy efficiency have made steady progress. This is demonstrated, for example, by the recently issued decree on mandatory energy audits and the ministerial circular on the verification of prescribed energy efficiency criteria for building permits. 
  • Flagship projects designed and implemented with 12 Moroccan companies are helping to spread best practices in energy efficiency in the private sector (industry, transport, buildings). At the same time, the lessons learned there are being incorporated into the development and implementation of training courses. More than 500 architects, engineers and technicians have already attended such courses. 
  • By including course content in the services offered by existing educational institutions, the project is helping to anchor energy efficiency in Morocco’s training programmes in the long term. 
  • The orientation of the Moroccan economy towards energy-efficient procedures and technologies is making companies more competitive. This enables them to create qualified new environmental careers and jobs. 
  • Specifically, the support for the national contributions towards the climate targets is evident in that companies are playing a role in implementing plans of action. This concerns, for example, the introduction of an Energy Management System (EMS) or ISO 50001 standards in industry.

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