Energy in transition: collective energy security

Sahara Wind at the Global Forum on Energy Security June 26-27 2017

Held in Beijing, China on the theme ‘Energy in transition: Toward collective energy security’ the Global Forum on Energy Security conference promotes research and information exchanges on energy security among think tanks, government officials, diplomats and industry leaders. Hosted by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) the Forum is a joint effort of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS), the United States Energy Security Council (USESC) and the China Energy Fund Committee (CEFC). Since its inaugural conference in 2012, the Global Forum on Energy Security has become China’s premier international platform for deliberations on the changing global energy landscape and China’s role in global energy security.

Upgrading North Africa’s Phosphates into Carbon-free Fertilizers

“Gone with the wind: Upgrading North Africa’s Trade Wind-induced Phosphate Footprints into Carbon-free Fertilizers” presented at the World Wind Energy Conference, WWEC2017 in Malmö, Sweden June 12-14, 2017

The prospects for upgrading North Africa’s Phosphates into carbon-free fertilizers using wind energy as part of the phased deployment of the Sahara Wind project presented at the World Wind Energy Conference 2017. Held on the theme; Popular and Participatory Wind Power, the conference focused on how to contribute to the development of wind power with a mix of players working for the energy transformation.

Scaling-up the access to the Atlantic Trade Winds

“Scaling-up the access to the Atlantic Trade Winds : the Sahara Wind project” presented at the Morocco Renewable & Energy Efficiency Investor Conference 2017 on May 25th, in Rabat, Morocco.

Held under the COP 22 Morocco Presidency, this conference gathering major stakeholders of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency sector in Morocco will focus on partnerships and projects financing. The event will offer a unique occasion for networking, business development and getting the latest in-depth information on this fast-developing sector in the country. The confirmed speakers’ line-up includes the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN), Moroccan Electricity and Drinking Water Utility (ONEE), Société d'Investissements Energétiques (SIE), World Bank, OPIC, IFC, and African Development Bank (AfDB) to name a few.

INNOspace Masters “Space 4.0”

Sahara Wind at the INNOspace Masters “Space 4.0” ceremony in Berlin, May 17 2017.

The winners of the INNOspace Masters competition will be announced at the awards ceremony, which is scheduled to take place on 17 May 2017 in Berlin alongside a conference devoted to the competition’s theme, “Space 4.0”. The latest trends in technology transfer, innovative solutions and new business models will be presented by representatives from politics and business.

Sustainable Energy for the Paris Agreement at #VEF2017

Sahara Wind at the Vienna Energy Forum 2017, May 10-12 2017.

With over 1650 participants from more than 100 countries, the Vienna Energy Forum focused onSustainable energy for the implementation of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement. The High-level forum highlighted the linkages between climate and development, along with the importance of joint and integrated approaches to leverage their associated synergies upon implementation. To “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all“ the Paris Climate Agreement calls for an unprecedented global transformation process that extends far beyond the energy sector. Innovation is urgently needed to drive this transformative agenda.

Scaling-up Renewables through Decentralized Energy Solutions

Sahara Wind at the International Energy Agency IEA workshop on “Scaling-up Renewables through Decentralised Energy Solutions” in Paris, March 28th 2017.

The IEA’s Renewable Energy Working Party (REWP) workshop brought together senior decision-makers, experts and key players from governments, municipalities, energy industries as well as IEA members, partners and Technology Collaboration Programmes. Opening-up the scope of decentralised/distributed generation at a variety scales, the event looked at the role of integrated local energy solutions in driving the global energy transformation.

Gulf, Russia, India, China: Morocco’s New Strategic Course

Sahara Wind at the MEDays Forum debates of December 7-10th, 2016.

Sahara Wind contributes to the 9th edition of the MEDays Forum on December 8, 2016. To that extent, the session entitled "Gulf-Russia-India-China: Morocco’s New Strategic Course" was moderated by its Managing Director, Khalid Benhamou. The panel session covered a range of issues relevant to the African continent.

Organized by the Amadeus Institute on the theme "From Fragmentation to Sustainability: Shifting Paradigms", MEDays 2016, the Annual Forum of the South was held in Tangier from December 7-10th, 2016.

"Greening the world's largest fertilizer industries" presented at COP22

De-carbonizing the world’s largest fertilizer industries presented at the “Understanding and mitigating CO2 and embedded energy in the agri-food system” COP22 side-event panel on November 11, 2016.

Sahara Wind's integrated wind-electricity pathways for the de-carbonization of the world’s largest fertilizer industries presented at COP22. China and Morocco are leading fertilizer producers capable of de-carbonizing their fertilizer industries thanks to their tremendous wind development potentials.

Paris Agreement enters into force

Over 55 Parties covering More than 55% of Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions Ratified the Paris Climate Change Agreement. From November 4th 2016 it entered into force.

According to the Climate Change Paris Agreement Status of Ratification tracker 168 Parties have since ratified this agreement, which enables it to enter into force. “The speed at which countries have made the Paris’s Agreement’s entry into force possible is unprecedented in recent experience of international agreements. This is a truly historic moment for people everywhere. The two key thresholds needed for the Paris Climate Change Agreement to become legal reality have now been met” said Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The entry into force triggers a variety of important consequences, including launch of the Agreement’s governing body, known as the CMA which took place at the annual UN climate conference, known as COP22, in Marrakech, Morocco from November 7-18 2016.

COP22 Marrakech

Sahara Wind at the COP22 in Marrakech, November 7-18 2016.

Hosted by Morocco the 22th Conference of the Parties (COP22) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) gathered delegates from 197 Parties to the Convention. Dubbed “The COP of Action”, COP22 took over the reins from COP21 and The Paris Agreement signed by 191 countries to limit the rise in global temperature "well below 2°C" compared to pre-industrial levels. COP 22 provided an ‘opportunity to make the voices of the most vulnerable countries to climate change heard, in particular African countries and island states’ according to Morocco’s chairmanship of the conference. It focuses on action items in order to achieve the priorities of The Paris Agreement, especially related to adaptation, transparency, technology transfer, mitigation, capacity building and loss and damages.

‘Morocco's pre-COP22 Policies’ presented at WWEC2016 in Tokyo, Japan

Sahara Wind presents ‘Paving the way to large-scale wind power developments: Morocco's pre-COP22 policies’ at the 15th World Wind Energy Conference & Renewable Energy Exhibition (WWEC 2016)

The 15th World Wind Energy Conference took place in Tokyo, Japan from October 31st -November 1st  2016. Held a few days before the Marrakech COP22 conference, the WWEC 2016 Tokyo conference focused on wind power technology and approaches of how to further increase the global wind power capacity of 465 GW in the world based on engineering as well as social science. Various studies have shown that Japan is blessed with an abundance of wind such as onshore and offshore wind to rebuild and strengthen the country from the damage of the great earthquake in 2011. The wind power community around the world joined the WWEC2016 in Tokyo to make the benefits of wind power available.

During Session E-2 dedicated to ‘National and International Wind power policies’ Sahara Wind presented Morocco's pre-Cop22 Policies under the title ‘Paving the way to large-scale wind power developments’ on October 31st 2016.

Les instruments de ratification de l’Accord de Paris déposés à l’ONU

Le Maroc dépose ses instruments de ratification de l’Accord de Paris à l’ONU le 21 Septembre 2016.

Le ministre des Affaires Etrangères et de la Coopération et Président de la COP22, Salaheddine Mezouar, a déposé les instruments de ratification du Maroc de l’Accord de Paris. Le Royaume rejoint ainsi les 59 autres pays qui ont déjà déposés leurs instruments. En tant que pays hôte de la 22èmeConférence des Parties à la Convention cadre des Nations Unies sur les changements climatiques (COP22), la ratification du Maroc porte le nombre de pays qui ont adhéré à l’Accord de Paris à 60, égalant 47.62% des émissions mondiales de gaz à effets de serre. Afin que l’Accord de Paris puisse entrer en vigueur, 55 pays représentant au moins 55% des émissions mondiales doivent déposer leurs instruments de ratification auprès des Nations Unies. A cette occasion, le Secrétaire Général des Nations Unies Ban Ki-moon a annoncé « Je suis heureux de déclarer que nous avons officiellement franchi le seuil de 55 pays pour l’entrée en vigueur anticipée de l’Accord de Paris ».

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