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RENEWABLE ENERGIES: CREATION OF A NATIONAL HYDROGEN COMMISSION

In order to strengthen Morocco’s strategy in the field of renewable energy development, a National Hydrogen Commission was created with the aim of ensuring the Kingdom’s energy independence and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

This commission will be responsible for directing and monitoring the implementation of studies in the field of hydrogen, as well as examining the implementation of the roadmap for the production of hydrogen and its derivatives based on renewable energy.

Indeed, the creation of this commission comes within the framework of the acceleration of the reinforcement of the Kingdom’s capacities in terms of technological development of the renewable energy sector, with the aim of making Morocco one of the pioneer countries in the field of green fuel production, in order to move forward towards the establishment of new energy partnerships with high added value.

Chaired by the Minister of Energy, Mines, and Environment, the commission will be composed of the Secretary-General of the Department of Energy and Mines, the directors of hydrocarbons and electricity under the same department, as well as representatives of the Ministries of Economy, Finance and Reform of Administration and Industry, Trade and Green and Digital Economy, in addition to representatives of the National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEE), the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN), the National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines (ONHYM), the Chérifien Phosphate Office and the Research Institute of Solar Energy and New Energies (IRESEN), in addition to the Director of the National School of Mines in Rabat.

A scientific commission has also been created from the National Hydrogen Commission, which oversees the development of strategic guidelines for the production of hydrogen and its derivatives, and is able to identify pilot projects for the implementation of the roadmap dedicated to the hydrogen project.

This strategy aims to improve the framework conditions for the production and use of hydrogen, to set up the necessary supply structures, and to advance scientific research and innovations.

The setting up of this commission aims at consecrating the Kingdom’s achievements in the fields of renewable energies, energy efficiency, and the transition towards energy industrialization, in addition to the development of scientific research and partnerships with organizations and various states, given Morocco’s positioning as an energy and investment reference.

As part of this dynamic, Morocco and Germany had signed in Berlin, an agreement on the development of the green hydrogen production sector, aimed at setting up research and investment projects in the use of this material, as a green energy source.

This agreement will contribute to the development of bilateral cooperation in the field of energy since the Kingdom wants to be a pioneer in the field at the level of Africa, and within the framework of cooperation between the two countries, there is interest also in the fields of hydrogen and methanol.