Morocco’s national railway operator, Office National des Chemins de Fer (ONCF) has decided to use renewable energy for its Al Boraq lines of high-speed trains from 1st January onwards.
This announcement is a part of the ONCF’s plan to substitute its electricity consumption with cleaner energy sources.
According to a statement from ONCF, “Traveling by train is one of the best ways to limit greenhouse gas emissions, as it produces on average 25 to 30 % as much as other transportation methods.”
ONCF will also introduce several offers to make the Al Boraq line more attractive to passengers with an effort to promote environmental consciousness among the people.
ONCF greens the power cycle of the national railway network in a progressive way, by switching 25% of its total energy consumption to green energy, and targets to reach 50% in 2023, according to the release by ONCF. This step will improve ONCF’s overall carbon footprint equivalent of avoiding 120,000 tons of CO2 each year.
This reorientation is part of the national energy strategy, which provides for increasing the share of renewable resources to reach more than 52% of installed capacity by 2030. The strategy is set to make the country one of the most committed emerging countries in the development of renewable energy, including solar and wind.