Mustapha Tagoulla: “Most operators are sensitive to maintenance”

In a context where environmental impacts are becoming increasingly significant, Morocco is showing its desire to decarbonize its economy. SGS Morocco is one of the entities that undertakes the implementation of all means to expedite the process.

How is SGS supporting stakeholders in the decarbonization process (energy suppliers, developers, users final)?
SGS supports companies to ensure that they and their partners have effective processes and systems that meet stakeholder requirements for quality, health and safety, environmental management, corporate social responsibility and other areas of sustainability. development.

SGS helps companies follow the steps necessary to implement decarbonization, through a number of services that include, among others, energy audits and carbon emission reduction programs for existing assets, support for carbon capture and storage (CCUS) projects, services related to the production, transportation and use of hydrogen, as well as support for the generation of renewable energies with the aim of achieving carbon neutrality.

How to approach it concretely carbon neutral?
Based on our many years of experience implementing mandatory and voluntary climate change programs around the world, we can validate project designs to ensure our clients are making real progress. and measured over a long period of time. We audit monitoring systems and data to ensure that measurements are complete, consistent, comparable and accurate.

Our capabilities include independent verification of carbon footprint and carbon neutral claims. Carbon neutrality is a global strategy that consists of implementing a decarbonization action plan that typically spans several years and the entire value chain linked to company activity. To do this, we use the carbon footprint calculation and the life cycle analysis (LCA) of the products which gives an idea of ​​the level of greenhouse gas emissions as well as the effects generated on the environmental impacts, from the extraction. of raw material, in production, use, final treatment, recycling, until its final disposal.

That is, from the cradle to the grave. We also support stakeholders in the building sector in reducing the energy charges of their existing or newly constructed buildings. In fact, SGS has an extensive network of EDGE experts and auditors in Morocco and around the world, which allows it to offer a one-stop shop service that is highly recognized by customers who want certification proving that their buildings are green.

Whats the difference between buildings traditional and green?
There is no single, precise definition of green buildings. However, some institutions have approached the issue, for example, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines green building as “(…) the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally friendly and efficient in terms of resources throughout the life cycle of a building: from site selection to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and deconstruction. ”By considering the three dimensions of sustainable development: social, ecological and economic, this skill expands and fits the classic concerns of conventional buildings, such as economy, utility, durability and comfort.

What does EDGE certification offer?
“Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies” or EDGE is an invention of IFC (International finance corporation) belonging to the World Bank Group, consisting of free software, a standard for green buildings as well as a certification system. Because it is designed for emerging countries, EDGE is committed to reducing water and electricity charges as well as building decarbonization, offering undeniable advantages such as lower certification costs and maintenance. installation compared to current systems that have a broader focus on making their certification process more complex and costly.

An EDGE certified building consumes 20% less energy and water compared to a local conventional building, this is achieved through energy efficiency solutions and water conservation techniques. EDGE-certified buildings are resistant to global warming by limiting greenhouse gas emissions, thanks to the use of more ecological materials and well-controlled energy consumption.

There is also a more advanced level of EDGE “EDGE advanced” which proves that the building consumes 40% less energy compared to a local conventional building. A godsend if you want to reduce operating costs, especially for energy -intensive buildings such as hotels and offices.

What is the relationship of Moroccan operators to sustainability, whether in the field of construction or otherwise?
The issue of sustainability is already an international concern. Morocco is one of the countries most facing the huge challenge of global warming. Most Moroccan operators are very sensitive to sustainability and its environmental, social and economic issues.

The actions taken by various Moroccan operators have made it possible to figure out the ideas of sustainability. However, the latter does not seem to be enough, so far, to address the barriers and brakes that prevent the achievement of sustainable development goals.

What are the obstacles that must be overcome in this direction?
To succeed in the decarbonization process, it is a good idea to examine potential barriers. A quote, primarily, the slow -moving regulation. In fact, since the launch of the national energy strategy in 2009, implementing laws have blocked the development process, mainly for law 13.09 relating to renewable energy, injection into medium and low voltage networks, among others. pa.

The second aspect that is as important as the regulatory framework is green financing, operators need more courageous and diversified financial support, despite the efforts made by Maroc PME and partner financial organizations. Finally, awareness of issues associated with sustainable development is essential to contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, especially at the user level.

In fact, users should understand the concepts of sustainable development and be aware of their carbon footprint and its impact on the environment, whether directly or indirectly.

Sanae Raqui / ECO Inspirations

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