11th Logismed: decarbonization, an opportunity for Moroccan exporting companies

11th Logismed: decarbonization, an opportunity for Moroccan exporting companies
11th Logismed: decarbonization, an opportunity for Moroccan exporting companies

Thursday, May 9, 2024 at 10:53 p.m.

Casablanca – Participants in a round table held Thursday in Casablanca, on the sidelines of the 11th International Transport and Logistics Exhibition for Africa and the Mediterranean (Logismed), indicated that decarbonization presents several advantages to Moroccan exporting companies.

Initiated under the theme “Decarbonization, a sine qua non condition for export”, this meeting was an opportunity to emphasize that these companies should invest in cleaner technologies and more sustainable production processes to reduce their carbon emissions. carbon in order to be competitive on the international market.

In this sense, the Director General of Industry at the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Youssef Fadil, noted that decarbonization is intended to be a strategic choice and constitutes an opportunity for Moroccan companies and for the industrial sector of a generally, with a view to improving competitiveness and reducing energy bills.

He also recalled that Morocco has made the decarbonization of its economy and its industry one of its priorities.

In addition, Mr. Fadil noted that the carbon tax, introduced by the European Union (EU), is considered an opportunity and that Moroccan exporting companies are called upon to comply with this new situation.

For his part, the regional director of ENGIE North Africa, Loïc Jaegert-Huber, stressed that Morocco has all the keys in hand to succeed in its decarbonization, noting that the Kingdom “benefits in particular from a clear and very ambitious, with an ideal geographical location and a very promising business environment, particularly already being an important and dynamic investment destination”.

Mr. Jaegert-Huber, who is also president of the “Clean Energy” commission of the Moroccan Association of Exporters (ASMEX), explained that industrial decarbonization is not limited to a simple environmental aspiration, but it is also synonymous with performance and economic efficiency.

In this regard, he estimated that decarbonization will allow Morocco to strengthen its economic growth, improve its regional and African integration, gain market share, develop commercial partnerships as well as attract more Foreign investments.

For her part, the decarbonization manager within OCP, Sara Hrar, indicated that the group has implemented an ambitious decarbonization strategy. Indeed, OCP is committed to achieving carbon neutrality on its scopes 1 and 2 by 2030, and on its scope 3 by 2040, she recalled.

At the same time, Ms. Hrar noted that the link between decarbonization and export is quite complex, given that it must take into account several aspects, including the evolution of environmental regulations.

These regulations, she continued, have recently experienced rapid progression, moving from simple measures to integrated and complex policies, such as carbon taxes and quota trading systems, which will increase the cost of production for exporters.

This round table was also an opportunity for the “Organization & Risk” director at MedZ, Lamia Rhissasi, to emphasize that exporting industries “can only intensify their efforts to decarbonize and reduce their carbon footprint if they want to maintain and secure their exports to European countries.

According to her, decarbonization involves several changes for exporters and essentially involves considerable investments, particularly in renewable energies, energy efficiency and sustainable mobility.

Placed under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, Logismed 2024, which was held from May 7 to 9 under the theme “What logistics strategies face economic, geopolitical and environmental challenges?”, is considered a dynamic crossroads where the logistics ecosystem comes together to exchange and inspire each other.

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