The Moroccan Confederation of Exporters: Decarbonization, a major factor in the competitiveness of companies in Morocco


The European Parliament has voted on a resolution on the carbon border adjustment mechanism. This instrument allows the European Union to impose its environmental standards on foreign companies exporting to its territory.

As an exporting country, Morocco is directly involved in this new mechanism. Especially since the EU is a large strategic market for Moroccan products. Indeed, this market represents more than 66% of trade. Decarbonization therefore becomes an essential condition for export. Especially in the current context: of growing awareness of environmental issues, on a global scale.

For Morocco, this can not only open new markets, but also strengthen its competitiveness and image on the international scene.

So what about the preparation of Moroccan companies for this new mechanism? What paths and deadlines? It is to debate and answer these questions and many others that the Moroccan Confederation of Exporters organized the seventh forum “on the decarbonization of export industries” in Tangier by mobilizing more than 200 exporting companies from the region.

Led and supervised by leading players in the field of decarbonization, these meetings are experiencing growing interest from exporting companies, Tangier was hosting its second, for two obvious reasons that emerged successively. What was initially conceived as preparation for compliance with European regulations in the field of decarbonization is turning into a real discovery of sources of savings and therefore competitiveness for our companies. The option of switching to renewable energies conducted in compliance with the procedures allows for substantial savings. Hence the interest shown by exporting companies not directly concerned by the 2026 deadline, to start now, although their turn to initiate decarbonized production will come later.

The commitments made and translated into reality by Morocco for the production of renewable energies are an additional encouraging factor.

Embracing all aspects of a successful decarbonization journey, the Forum was opened by the words of President Hassan Sentissi who, on the one hand, wanted to mark through his presence the interest that the Moroccan Confederation of Exporters has in decarbonization and, on the other hand, highlighted the mobilization of the Confederation to act, collectively, in order to preserve the positioning of exporting companies as well as their competitiveness in the service of made in Morocco.

The President highlighted the increasing pressures from global environmental policies, such as the Carbon Adjustment Mechanism,

Borders (MACF) of the European Union. He explained that this mechanism, although being a challenge for Moroccan companies, also constitutes an opportunity to stand out through sustainable and responsible production practices.

Then spoke the representatives of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services and the Regional Investment Center of the Tangier Tetouan Al Hoceima Region to recall the regional contours of public action in the field. It was up to two major exhibitors to recall the general framework and the challenges of this major project, one public, in the person of Ahmed Baroudi, General Manager of the Energy Investment Company, the other private Loic Jaegert-Hubert, President of the Clean Energy Commission of the Moroccan Confederation of Exporters and Director of Engie Maroc.

Subsequently, two major sections were dealt with.

The technical, through two presentations by two engineers: that of Slimane Khalki, Energy and Mechanics Project Manager at Bureau Veritas Morocco who presented the carbon footprint process and that of Nabil Jedaira, Senior Developer at Engie, who recalled the latest global solutions on the renewable energy production market.

Financing and its solutions were not left out and were amply covered by Mokhlis Habti El idrissi, from the Valoris Capital Fund, for Intermediate-Sized Enterprises (ETIs) and by Abdelmoughite Abdelmomumen Director at Tamwilcom for SMEs/VSEs.

The exchanges of an appreciable technical level which followed the presentations immediately emphasized the feasibility of certain aspects. No doubt was expressed as to the environmental interest and even more so the financial interest and its impact on the competitiveness of companies.

The participants did not fail to praise the concrete and on-the-ground support provided to exporting companies by the Moroccan Confederation of Exporters in the different regions of the Kingdom.

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