Rabat, Morocco July 1 and August 5, 2021 – The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) in close collaboration with the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Environment-Department of Energy and Mines, successfully launched Phase 2 of the Designing Article 6 Policy Approaches (DAPA) Project in Morocco.
A Steering Committee with representatives from key institutions within the Moroccan government, including the Ministry of Economy and Finance, Ministry of Energy, Mining and Environment, Ministry of Industry and Green Economy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During the second official meeting held on August 5, 2021, the Committee formally selected two policy approaches for further technical assessment and design during the second phase of the DAPA project, including the amendment of the current law on renewable energies to promote private sector energy generation and, the development of a new national strategy to stimulate the potential of marine energy.
The purpose of the Steering Committee is to provide high-level coordination and technical guidance to the DAPA Project, while ensuring coherence and synergy with other relevant initiatives. The Steering Committee is responsible for strategic decisions such as the review and approval of the policy approach, and the design of a governance framework for trading under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.
Mr. Ghazali Mohammed, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Energy, Mining and Environment, opened the Steering Committee kickoff meeting on July 1, 2021, and highlighted Morocco’s commitment to reduce its GHG emissions. He emphasized the complementarity of the DAPA Project activities with the current effort carried out by the Government of Morocco on energy policy adoption and advised to accelerate the work to deliver prompt and concrete results in the near future. The Key stakeholders confirmed their commitment and support for the project implementation.
Mr. Nacif Safouane, GGGI Morocco Senior Officer, presented the objectives, scope, and timeline of the DAPA Phase 2, followed by a knowledge-sharing workshop on Article 6 of the Paris Agreement covering key concepts such crediting baselines and corresponding adjustments.
GGGI Morocco Country Lead, Mr. Abdelmajid Bennis emphasized GGGI’s technical assistance for the implementation of this project, which provides an opportunity for Morocco to support the achievement of its commitments and increase climate ambition, while benefiting from access to carbon finance through international carbon transactions that can be reinvested in various programs to fight climate change and also benefit from substantial environmental, economic and social results, including improved air quality, energy security and job creation.
Launched in July 2019, the DAPA Project completed the scoping (Phase 1) in eight countries, four of which were selected for Phase 2. Phase 2 implementation in Morocco commenced in Q1 2021 and aims to design policy approaches in the energy sector to generate emissions reductions above and beyond the unconditional Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), which can then be structured into an international carbon transaction under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.
The next steps agreed by the Steering Committee include an impact assessment of the two policy approaches and the final selection of one policy approach to design a potential cooperative approach. The process will be supported by capacity-building workshops on Article 6 transactions and governance frameworks.