Worryingly, a closer look at their star pupil suggests that the defenders of “green growth” might be wrong.
Morocco’s efforts to grow green have attracted international attention and praise. In the latest Germanwatchclimate change performance index, which rates countries’ climate policies, Morocco ranks first among all developing countries assessed; it is the only state outside Europe whose overall performance is rated as “good.”
Despite initial skepticism, Morocco convinced donors to fund an ambitious flagship project that will not only help the country generate 42 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020 but also lower the cost of the centerpiece technology — concentrated solar power — worldwide.
“Morocco is an excellent example of green growth,” said Benoit Blarel, manager of the Environment and Natural Resources global practice at theWorld Bank, addressing a conference in Rabat in April this year. “There is not necessarily a contradiction between economic growth and limiting climate change.”
Till Bruckner is a freelance consultant who has worked extensively with and for local NGOs, including for Transparency International Georgia in 2008-2009. He is the author of the book "Aid Without Accountability: How 4.5 Billion Dollars in Aid to Georgia Helped the Rich and (Sometimes) the Poor." He is currently based in Morocco. The views expressed here are his own.
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