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5 Feb 24

MEA – a desire for renewables but not much action

There’s a desire among citizens for renewable energy in the Middle East and Africa, but challenges temper it. In the Middle East, heavy reliance on oil for economic growth aligns with a reluctance to change, whereas many infrastructure and economic adversities exist in Africa. 

Fleet Statistics - MEA

No. of fleet vehicles

180m

Avg. Age of fleet vehicle

10 years

Avg. Annual fleet mileage

15,000km

Avg. fleet vehicle cost

$4,400/month

Avg. lease duration

36 months

Most vehicles in MEA run on gasoline or diesel, major contributors to air pollution. Although there are a growing number of incentives and initiatives to promote transport electrification, there are few renewable energy generation projects. 

Government Goals

·      In 2021, Morocco launched the National Strategy for Transportation Electrification (EST), aiming to deploy 100,000 electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030.

·      In 2021, Egypt’s government launched the Electric Power Vehicle Initiative to deploy 20,000 EVs by 2025. 

·      In 2022, Saudi Arabia launched the National Renewable Energy Program (NREP), aiming to increase the share of renewable energy in the country's energy mix to 50% by 2030. The NREP includes a target of deploying 600,000 EVs by 2030, making Saudi Arabia one of the largest EV markets in the world. 

·      Ethiopia is exploring the use of hydrogen fuel cells for transportation.

The MEA region could create a more sustainable and environmentally friendly transportation sector by achieving these goals, which will positively impact the health and well-being of people and contribute to the fight against climate change.

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Authored by: Alison Pittaway