ONCF is starting the New Year by going green. It is taking a further step in its energy transition by running all of its Al Boraq trains on clean energy from 1 January.
Indeed, the Office is making its green transformation gradually, shifting 25% of its overall energy consumption to green energy, reaching 50% in 2023 before increasing it to 100% in the medium term.
Through this ecological transformation, the ONCF is in line with the national energy strategy, led by HM King Mohammed VI, May God Assist Him, which places renewable energies at the centre of our country’s energy mix. This strategy provides for an increase in the share of renewable resources to reach, by 2030, more than 52% of the installed capacity. This will make the Kingdom one of the most committed emerging countries in the development of wind and solar energy.
The ONCF is thus working towards progressive greening and decarbonisation as part of its energy policy and CSR strategy. Voluntary initiatives have reinforced the Office’s eco-responsible vision. These include the progressive certification of railway sites according to ISO 14001 and 50001 standards, the systematic carrying out of impact studies for major projects, the annual assessment of the carbon footprint, the adoption of an eco-driving system, the use of alternative photovoltaic energy sources in stations and buildings, etc.
Thus, thanks to the clean energy supplied by a national operator, the ONCF is greening the electricity supply cycle of the national rail network, by substituting its electricity consumption with clean energy. In the short term, this will enable it to improve its overall carbon footprint, with the equivalent of 120,000 tonnes of CO2 avoided each year, or 4 million trees planted.
Indeed, travelling by train is one of the best ways to limit your carbon footprint. On average, trains emit 25 to 30 times less greenhouse gases than other modes of transport.
If the ONCF’s aim is to eventually power all its trains entirely with clean energy, the Al Boraq trains will be the first to offer eco-responsible travel using 100% wind power. They will be an invitation to travel well, to travel better, to travel responsibly, for comfortable, safe, very fast and low-carbon travel… And to encourage its customers to adopt a more respectful attitude towards nature, by reducing their carbon footprint, ONCF will soon be launching marketing actions aimed at making Al Boraq the best ally for eco-responsible travel. In short, the choice for sustainable mobility that better protects our planet!