Morocco’s Minister of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, Leila Benali, revealed in a session in the Chamber of Councillors that monthly imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Morocco to Spain through the Maghreb Europe (GME) pipeline have increased by more than 167% at the end of April.
This increase in natural gas imports suggests that Morocco is working towards diversifying its energy supply and reducing its dependence on fossil fuels. Furthermore, the minister stressed the importance of access to the international LNG market in accelerating the development of renewable energies and reducing the national energy bill.
This announcement comes as good news for the world, as renewable energy is a key priority in the fight against climate change. Morocco has been recognised as a leader in renewable energy in Africa and has implemented several programmes and policies to encourage its development.
The country’s potential for solar and wind energy is significant, and several new renewable energy projects have been authorised, including a project to supply industrial areas with clean electricity.
While the use of natural gas can be a cleaner alternative to oil and coal, it is still a fossil fuel and its use must be controlled and limited to avoid further environmental impacts and climate change.
Thus, it is crucial to continue working towards the diversification of the energy matrix and promoting renewable energies in the long term to ensure a sustainable future for the country and the planet.