Thursday, December 8, 2016
The Trump administration's effect on Morocco.
Morocco is leading the charge for renewable energy development investment to reach its target goal of producing over 50% of its electricity from renewables by 2030. In the lead-up to hosting the COP22 summit in November, Morocco implemented an impressive array of environmental policies: opening the largest wind farm in Africa in 2014; launching the first phase of what looks to be the largest solar power plant in the world, Noor I, in January 2016; and officially banning plastic bags in July 2016. However, the election of Donald Trump in November has raised questions about progress for Morocco’s climate change policies, given the president-elect’s promise to back out of the Paris Agreement framework, and broader bilateral relations with Washington.