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The Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protectionwas established in June 2001, at the initiative of His Majesty King Mohammed VI.Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Hasnaa was entrusted with the Chair from the beginning. The Foundation’s fundamental mission is to raise awareness and educate for sustainable development towards a diverse array of stakeholders, from pre-school children to private sector leaders and public sector decision makers at the local, national, regional and global levels. The Foundation has included Climate Change as a core component of these efforts formany years. Energy Efficiency, as an important component of Climate Ambition and Action, is a constant element of these efforts, whether it is through effort that are. This is reflected in year-long work with primary school children, building capacitiesof local stakeholders to set up projects for climate financing, trainingprivate sector stakeholders for greenhouse gas calculation, enhancing the Climate literacy and supporting the innovation of African youth, among many activities hostedat the Hassan II International Center for Environmental Training, the academic arm of the Foundation, inaugurated by Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Hasnaa in 2019.

Energy Efficiency through the lens of the Measuring, Reducing, Offsetting approach:

In 2013, the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection and its partners were one of the first stakeholders in Africa and the Arab world to launch a Greenhouse Gas Emission Calculation Tool, based on locally contextualizing the internationally recognized Bilan Carbone®methodology, in partnership with the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME).

The Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection then launched in 2016, in the context of COP22 in Marrakech and in partnership with the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises (CGEM), thePact Qualit’Air.The Pact Qualit’Air has evolved since then to become the Qualit’Air Charter, by including all kind of stakeholders (universities, territories, NGO…). The Charter encourages and supports all stakeholders to measure, reduce, and offset their Greenhouse gas emissions.

In July 2021, the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection, in close partnership with the Ministry of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises (CGEM), the Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency (AMEE), the Moroccan Institute for Normalization (IMANOR),the General Directorate for Territorial Collectivities (DGCT), and ABC (Association pour latransition Bas Carbone, in charge of developing the Bilan Carbone® methodology internationally) impulsed a renewed effort to update and upgrade the Greenhouse Gas Calculation tool.

Through an inclusive consultation process with a large array of stakeholders for nearly one year, this calculation tool was updated and upgraded, through a science-based process, with200 revised emission factors and100+ new relevant emission factors adapted to the national context.This tool aims to become the reference tool on the national level, recognized internationally, to be used by Moroccan stakeholders all over the world and in support of the country’s efforts to meet its 2030 NDC goals as well as its 2050 Low Emission Development Strategy goals.

Indeed, on the basis of this work, stakeholders will then be in a strengthened position to measure their emissions, reducethem, and eventually offset those they have not been able to reduce, thanks to a portfolio of demonstrative offsetting projects led by the Mohammed VI Foundation. Evidently, energy efficiency plays an important role in that context. Finally, a few days before the start of COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, the Mohammed VI Foundation signed the UNFCCC Climate Neutral Now pledge.