5 fév 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


Avg. Age of fleet vehicle

10 years

Avg. Annual fleet mileage


Avg. fleet vehicle cost


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