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Preserving the environment and combating climate change are at the heart of the United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP) mandate. In Morocco, we support the country's climate action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address the challenges of climate change.
However, we are aware that we cannot support Morocco in achieving its climate goal without doing it ourselves. In September 2019, UNDP Morocco joined the momentum triggered by the "Greening Moonshot" initiative, which aims to reduce UNDP's greenhouse gas emissions by 25% in 2025 and 50% in 2030.
Like the country offices, UNDP Morocco is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from its operations, managing waste as well as possible and minimizing the use of natural resources on its premises. Thus, the Morocco country office has been working to implement initiatives to minimize the environmental impact of its operations, citing as examples: the elimination of the use of plastic bottles, the introduction of water dispensers, the recycling of used paper and cardboard and the installation of outdoor lighting in the car park entirely powered by solar energy, etc.
UNDP Morocco has also installed on the roof of its building 60 monocrystalline solar panels of 400 Wc, developing a total peak power of 24 kW - later expandable to 36 kWp if desired - to supply 33% of electricity needs. Thanks to a financial contribution granted by UNDP headquarters in 2021, UNDP Morocco aims to increase the electricity capacity produced by 50% through the acquisition and installation of additional solar panels.
In addition, UNDP Morocco has procured a hybrid vehicle following the installation of an electric vehicle charging station at the United Nations compound. This station is solar-powered and equipped with two charging stations from 7 kW to 22 kW Type 2, allowing the simultaneous charging of two vehicles as well as the broadcast of audio-visual content for energy efficiency awareness.
“In the coming years, we hope to complete the green transition and maintain our commitment to achieve operational climate neutrality and make our workplace more sustainable and green. It is a source of great pride to put our mandate into practice and put our money where our mouth is.” - Edward Christow, UNDP Resident Representative in Morocco
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