Morocco Steering Committee Event for the OWtE program “Organic Waste Energy Recovery Program in Morocco – OWtE”

Rabat, Morocco; August 6, 2021 – The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), in close collaboration with the Ministry of Energy, Mining and Environment-Department of Energy and key stakeholders, organized the 3rd steering committee meeting event for the “Organic Waste Energy Recovery Program in Morocco – OWtE”. The agenda of the meeting was to present an overview of the OWtE Program in Morocco, including its challenges & opportunities, steps taken since the launch of the program, and validation of the next stages of implementation and their respective timeline.

The opening remarks of the meeting were delivered by Mr. Mohamed Ouhmed, Director of Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency, within the Ministry of Energy, Mines and the Environment – Department of Energy, who recalled the importance of the project for reducing the country’s energy bill and reducing GHG emissions.

The GGGI-Morocco Country Lead, Mr. Abdelmajid Bennis, during his opening remarks, mentioned the framework of collaboration linking the GGGI with the Government of Morocco and their recognition of the importance of the emergence of a sustainable growth for long-term prosperity. He then presented the challenges and opportunities of the “OWtE” program led by the consortium (GGGI-MSConex-first climate) and funded by the Swiss KliK Foundation, recalling its objective to establish a pilot program for the energy recovery of organic waste in Morocco, through the transformation of waste into biogas and biofertilizers via the operationalization of biodigesters in several localities.

The “OWtE” program will develop and aggregate 11 to 15 independent projects carried by private operators or PPP specific to each province / municipality. To improve profitability, the program provides for the sale of the generated resources, including electricity, heat, and the sale of carbon credits (ITMO – International Transferred Mitigation Outcome) through a contractual agreement with the KliK Foundation. The ITMO transactions will be governed under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.