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    Morocco Hopes to Lead African States Down Eco-Friendly Path

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    Morocco pledged that 42 percent of its energy would be produced from renewable sources by 2020, 10 years earlier than the rest of the world.

    PARIS (Sputnik) – Morocco, which not only promises to go greener, but already implements the strategy of producing almost a half of energy with renewable sources, can become an example for other African nations, the country's minister-delegate in charge of the environment said Saturday.

    "What has happened in Morocco recently is a revolution, a transformation. To those who say that we need to change, I would respond that we have already changed. In Morocco we are implementing the energy policies that are rooted in the development of renewable energy, not only solar power, also hydroelectric power, wind power," Hakima El Haite stated at the UN Climate Conference (COP21) Action Day in Paris.

    According to her, Morocco pledged that 42 percent of its energy would be produced from renewable sources by 2020, 10 years earlier than the rest of the world.

    On Monday, Moroccan King Mohammed VI declared this percentage would be increased to 52 percent by 2030.

    "Our commitment to tackling climate change is of utmost importance, it can allow countries — African nations, which can go down the low carbon development path, do so," she outlined.

    Decarbonization is a cross-cutting issue, which starts with every citizen, El Haite emphasized.

    "No country can conduct its climate policy in isolation," she said, adding that adopting an environmentally friendly lifestyle and development go hand in hand.

    Paris is currently hosting the 21st UN Climate Change Conference, due to run until December 11. Attended by over 130 world leaders and top diplomats, it is hoped that the summit will result in a legally binding agreement on tackling climate change.

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