As part of the ONCF’s strategy to shift to cleaner energy sources, Morocco’s ONCF (National Railways Office) has revealed that its Al Boraq high-speed train lines will begin using renewable energy. The office stated that it is working to gradually adopt green energy and that it will begin by utilizing renewables for 25 percent of its energy demands in 2023, before increasing to 50%. According to a press release, the goal is to ultimately cover all of the ONCF’s operations with renewable energy.
The ONCF also intends to develop offers to ensure the Al Boraq line more appealing to travelers to encourage environmental consciousness among its customers. According to a press release from the office, the step is part of the kingdom’s “national energy strategy.” The ONCF also intends to introduce deals to start making the Al Boraq line more appealing to travelers to promote environmental awareness among its customers.
According to a news release from the office, the action is a component of the kingdom’s “national energy plan.” Morocco’s energy strategy aims to increase the kingdom’s clean energy proportion to 52 percent by 2030, putting the North African nation at the leading edge of renewable energy used globally.
The ONCF has been implementing a plan to minimize its carbon footprint in accordance with the greater national objective, earning ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 accreditation for environmental and energy administration in the undertaking. The office also intends to publish annual reports on its carbon emissions level and to deploy solar panels at office spaces and train stations. The ONCF also expects to avoid approximately 120,000 tonnes of the CO2 emissions per year, which is equivalent to planting 4 million trees, thanks to partnerships with renowned clean energy producers.
Starting in 2022, Al Boraq trains are expected to rely entirely on wind energy to meet their energy needs. “Traveling by train is among the best ways to reduce carbon emissions, as it emits 25 to 30 percent less than other modes of transportation,” according to the ONCF. Trains will become even more efficient and less polluting as a result of the change.
Although the country’s reputation is well-deserved, it still confronts significant problems, since its location in a warming zone makes it particularly sensitive to the effects of climate change. Even as it works to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels, the country’s energy consumption is rapidly increasing.
Despite these obstacles, Morocco has a large natural potential for solar, wind, and hydropower generation and has taken major measures to realize this potential. Morocco’s national climate change action goes all the way back to the mid-2000s when the government decided to become a regional superpower in clean energy and to accelerate huge renewables projects. According to Mohamed Alaoui, who is the Africa Climate Solutions’ managing director, a consulting company based in Casablanca, the nation’s leaders bet on these important developments as a form to be economically viable in the marketplace, as well as to reduce the reliance on fossil fuel imports and guarantee energy supply security.