The Capaldi Hotel was excited to hear that Marrakech will be hosting this years UN Conference on Climate Change. Here more information about the purpose of the conference and why its important that it be held in Marrakech.
In November 2016, from 7 till 18, Marrakech will host the COP 22 after Paris, as announced by Hakima El Haité, the Environment Minister. This UN Conference on Climate will focus on how to curb the effects of global warming and on innovations that will enable us to adapt. The COP 22 will also deal with the development of operational tools within the Paris-Lima Scheme and then Paris-Marrakech. During the General Meeting in Lima in 2014 Hakima El Haite had said Lima is the COP for negotiations, Paris will be that of decisions, but the COP 22 in Marakech should be the conference of action. You may remember that the COP7 had already taken place in Marrakech in 2001.This new edition will assuredly be a major landmark in the 2016 calendar of the events in Marrakech.
Almost 30,000 people will attend but only 13,000 will be granted passes from the UN General Secretary Office, which will allow those to access the Blue Zone under the direct jurisdiction of the UN. In addition to that 1,500 journalists are expected, plus 8,000 delegates from citizen organizations and representatives from all nations. Morocco is trying its best in terms of environmental and sustainability policies. The country is aiming at a 13% reduction of GHGs between 2010and 2030. Morocco is committed to developing a renewable energy programme by 2030, with a 52% objective in green energy.
According to the adamant NGO Climate Action Tracker, Morocco ranks 4th among the most ecological nations, on the field, this effort is obvious with the building of a gigantic solar power plant in the south, near Ouarzazate. It is named Noor (light) and it is the 7th power plant of that type in the world. It covers 1,200 acres for a cost of 800 million euros.
Noor is fitted with 500,000 parabolic mirors spread out in a spiral and can produce 160 mW pf electricity. But this enormous project is only the beginning of the ambitious endeavour of the Moroccan Solar Energy Agency. Two other solar power arrays (Noor II and III) plus a photovoltaic plant are planned, with a surface of 6,200 acres, for a capacity of over 500 mW.
When this is all completed, the Noor array will be the biggest solar power complex on the planet.