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Ceo of the Moroccan Agency of Energy Efficiency

As we gather at COP28, hosted by the United Arab Emirates, it is clear that the time for action on climate change has never been more urgent. The world faces an unprecedented challenge, as the global community seeks to mitigate the devastating impacts of rising temperatures, extreme weather events, and the countless consequences of increasing greenhouse gas emissions.

Morocco, a pioneer country in the promotion of renewable energies and energy efficiency, under the visionary leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, is part of this global effort. Morocco strives to set an inspiring example of how commitment to sustainable development can lead to positive change.

This year’s conference takes on new meaning with the urgent need to respond to the results of the Global Stocktake (GST). Significant gaps remain in our collective quest for a sustainable future. Closing these gaps is crucial. Several levers are at our disposal, including energy efficiency which must be at the heart of this transition effort towards a greener and more resilient world.

Energy efficiency is, without a doubt, the low-hanging fruit in the battle against climate change. It represents a win-win situation where reducing energy consumption not only mitigates emissions but also saves costs and enhances the resilience of nations and communities. Energy-efficient technologies, practices, and policies not only combat climate change but also create jobs and promote economic growth, providing a brighter, more sustainable future for all. It cannot be stressed enough that improving energy efficiency generates significant benefits for energy consumers, national budgets, and the climate.

At COP28, we must recognize that the pathway to a sustainable future relies on the rapid and widespread adoption of energy-efficient solutions across all sectors. From buildings and transportation to industry and agriculture, the potential to reduce emissions through energy efficiency is enormous. By setting ambitious targets and implementing comprehensive strategies, we can make substantial progress towards achieving global climate goals. According to the International Energy Agency, if we are to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate, the world needs to double the rate of progress in energy efficiency by 2030 and triple the capacity in renewable energies.

The Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency (AMEE) is committed to taking concrete action. We have an opportunity to set a leading example by catalyzing discussions and agreements that will accelerate global efforts to tackle climate change through energy efficiency.

The world is looking this year’s conference to provide a clear action plan that addresses the GST and ensures that every nation plays its part in reducing emissions and increasing energy efficiency.

As we navigate the proceedings of COP28, it is essential that all nations come together with a shared sense of purpose and urgency. Energy efficiency should not be seen as an optional add-on but as a fundamental building block in our quest for sustainability. It is not only the responsibility of governments but also of businesses, communities, and individuals to embrace and promote energy-efficient practices.

The task ahead is immense, but it is also filled with promise. By focusing on energy efficiency, we can make tangible progress in the fight against climate change. Together, we can reduce emissions, create economic opportunities, and build a more sustainable and resilient world for generations to come.

As we embark on this critical journey at COP28, let us remember that energy efficiency is not just an option; it is the key to achieving our global climate goals. This is truly action without regrets. The time for action is now, and we must seize this moment to make a lasting difference.