Morocco is aiming to use solar power for 40 per cent of its electrical energy consumption by 2020, said Karima Hamani, Leed & Estidama Representative, Morocco Green Building Council, speaking at MEED’s Arabian World Construction Summit (AWCS).

Morocco is seeking to develop renewable energy sources to reduce the dependence on imported energy. Currently Morocco imports 96 per cent of its total energy consumption.

The need to develop renewable energy is becoming increasingly important as the electricity consumption continues to rise, said Hamani. In the period from 1999 to 2009, Morocco’s electricity usage rose by 6.5 per cent to 25,000 gigawatt hours (GWh).

Another resource issue that Morocco is seeking to address is water usage. The World Bank estimates that Morocco will become a water-deficit country by 2020 unless appropriate water management initiatives are implemented.

‘’This is a big issue that Morocco needs to tackle, it is especially important as Morocco is an agricultural country,’’ said Hamani.