Stakeholders across the world on climate related matters have made sweeping calls for the global pricing of Carbon during an international conference on Carbon 360 held in Marrakesh, Morocco, in a move towards sustainable energy transformation as Morocco prepares to host COP22, in November, 2016.
The conference followed a circumstance of significant momentum all over the world on the topic of carbon pricing, through new commitments as well as through constructive high level events hosted by the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition and COP21 Presidency as well as several key actors.
The conference provided a platform to encourage the exchange of different perspectives on the role of carbon and energy mixes in the transformation towards sustainable energy; it also recognises national and sustainable leaderships in designing and implementing effective energy transition models.
It also highlighted the importance of coherence in policy and the energetic transition process and enhanced interfaces and synergies between the 2030 Agenda and the climate agenda.
Hakima El Haite, the Minister of Environment and Special Envoy for COP22, Morocco, said new models have been developed on Carbon over the past years. “Today, we want to discuss the taxation and generalization of carbon price and redistribution of carbon income,” she said. “We want to open a new perspective regarding the use of carbon and coal.”
Mustapha Bakkoury, Chairman Board of Directors, Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN), said the momentum gained from the conference would be discussed at the heart of COP22 with a view to addressing significant issues surrounding Carbon.
MASEN, he said, has made a breakthrough in terms of renewable energy, pointing out that it has a future. “We know that it has to go with transition that would not endanger our economy in future.” He said, adding that the ambition of the Moroccan government is to meet 52% of renewable energy of the country’s total energy.
by Bekai Njie