UN climate conference in Marrakesh; source: iStock.com/kasto80

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Rainer Baake, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, is visiting Marrakesh from 16-18 November for the 22nd UN climate conference. He is meeting with high-level energy policy-makers to discuss strategies to decarbonise the energy sector in order to attain the climate targets agreed in Paris.

State Secretary Baake said: "We have set ourselves ambitious, global emission reduction target in the Paris agreement on mitigating climate change. Since the energy sector causes roughly two-thirds of global emissions, it plays a key role in the achievement of these goals. The German government's new 2050 climate change mitigation plan has set the first target corridors for emissions reductions by the various sectors up to 2030, including the energy sector. The aim is to set a new standard of investment. After all, given that investment cycles in the energy sector are long, it makes sense to avoid any foreseeable misallocations of investments. We must gradually replace fossil fuels, that is oil, coal and gas, with investments in energy efficiency technologies and in renewables. We need the right minstruments and policies for this. I am looking forward to the discussion with our international partners."

Germany and Morocco entered into an energy partnership in 2012. The German government is helping Morocco to realise its own energy transition. State Secretary Baake will therefore use his visit to talk with representatives of the Moroccan energy sector about their ambitious energy transition targets, and to head the meeting of the steering committee for the German-Moroccan energy partnership.

Morocco has also achieved some technological innovations for the global energy transition: Ouarzarzate is the base of Noor, currently the world's largest solar power station; German funding helped this project to be constructed. State Secretary Baake will be touring the solar power station during his visit. He will also speak at an event on the integration of Morocco into European electricity trading, and hold numerous meetings with decision-makers in commerce and government.

The climate conference is the annual Conference of the Parties (COP) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and is the Convention's supreme decision-making body. At COP21 in Paris in December 2015, the first climate change mitigation agreement was concluded which imposes obligations on all 195 member states of the UN Convention. It entered into force on 4 November 2016.