Morocco ranks sixth in the world in climate protection efforts

The Moroccan kingdom ranked well in the fight against climate change in CEOWorld's latest report for 2024 
Vista aérea de una planta de energía solar en Ouarzazate, en el centro de Marruecos - AP/ABDELJALIL BOUNHAR
Aerial view of a solar power plant in Ouarzazate, central Morocco - AP/ABDELJALIL BOUNHAR

Morocco is working hard to combat climate change, a problem that particularly affects the North African nation.  

This is attested to by CEOWorld's latest 2024 report, which ranks the Moroccan kingdom sixth out of 63 countries evaluated in terms of efforts to protect the climate.  

Morocco is a country committed to the fight against climate change and is a leader in the Arab world in this field, as indicated by the report, which ranks Egypt 18th in the world, Algeria 50th, the United Arab Emirates 61st and Saudi Arabia 63rd. 

Morocco thus ranks a very remarkable sixth out of 63 countries evaluated for its climate protection efforts. CEOWorld's annual scorecard ranks countries in four key categories: greenhouse gas emissions, renewable energy, energy use and climate policy.

According to the CEOWorld report, no nation scored very highly in all categories at the same time, but Morocco scored high marks in both greenhouse gas emissions and energy use.  

Una imagen de archivo tomada el 8 de junio de 2010 muestra turbinas eólicas en el parque eólico recientemente inaugurado de Dahr Saadane en Tánger - AFP/ABDELHAK SENNA
A file image taken on 8 June 2010 shows wind turbines at the recently inaugurated Dahr Saadane wind farm in Tangier - AFP/ABDELHAK SENNA

Morocco has long been committed to clean energy for its future national energy market and the goal is to have 52% of national energy from renewable sources by 2030. A challenge that demonstrates Morocco's great efforts to protect the climate.  

Denmark topped the ranking for the third year in a row, with high scores for emissions and renewable energy. Estonia followed in second place, excelling in renewable energy and aiming for 100% renewable electricity by 2030. Meanwhile, the Philippines, India and the Netherlands rounded out the top five. 

The CEOWorld report showed that major economies and the world's largest emitters ranked lower in the index. The United States ranked 53rd, while China and Japan ranked 47th and 54th, respectively; Canada ranked 58th and Russia 59th.

Morocco is a country affected by climate change due to its geographical location and lack of rainfall, a scenario worsened by the current global warming.  

The North African country is committed to renewable energies such as solar, wind and green hydrogen in order to pollute as little as possible in terms of its energy mix, and surpassing 50% of energy production based on clean energies is a challenge for 2030 to which the Moroccan kingdom is committed. 

Imagen de embalse en Marruecos - PHOTO/FILE
Image of a reservoir in Morocco - PHOTO/FILE

In addition, given the scarcity of rainfall, solutions have been sought such as water highways to connect various basins and reservoirs and the implementation of desalination plants to be able to use seawater for domestic use and crop irrigation, something to be taken into account due to the great importance of the agricultural sector in the Moroccan economy. This also benefits climate protection and the challenge of making the most of the country's water resources.