Morocco’s high-speed trains to be powered by wind energy

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Morocco’s national railway operator, ONCF, has announced that its Al-Boraq high speed rail service, which operates on a 323km route between Casablanca and Tangier, is now powered by green wind energy.

The move is part of ONCF’s plan to transition to cleaner energy sources. The high-speed lines began using renewable energy at the start of 2022.

ONCF is working on gradually adopting green energy. Currently 25% of its total energy need is powered by renewable power. This will be increased to 50% in 2023. In the medium term, the company hopes to transition to 100% clean energy.

The new measures will enable ONCF, in the short term, to improve its overall carbon footprint, with the equivalent of 120,000 tons of CO2 avoided each year or four million trees planted.

ONCF is also working on introducing offers to make the Al-Boraq service more appealing to travelers. This is in line with the national energy strategy of the kingdom. As part of this, ONCF will also release yearly reports detailing its carbon footprint and install solar panels at its facilities.

Morocco’s energy strategy aims to raise the proportion of clean energy in the kingdom to 52% by 2030, which would put the North African country at the forefront of renewable energy usage worldwide.

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