PROTESTS PROMPT MOROCCO TO SUSPEND WASTE IMPORT ENERGY PLAN
Morocco has suspended the import of waste products to be burned for energy, mainly arriving from Europe. Mustapha Khalfi, Morocco’s Minister of Communication, stated "We have decided to suspend all imports of trash and to not use the shipment already imported pending the results of an investigation." The protests by environmentalists against the practice arose after it was revealed that the cement firm Lafarge Maroc imported 2,500 tons of Italian garbage to fuel production. The government and cement producers group had argued that burning the waste was better than landfill dumping, and that waste imports are a cheap form of energy. Although Morocco produces large amounts of waste, it has no system to sort it. As the EU aims to curb its landfills, countries like Morocco have increasingly been using imported waste to incinerate and generate energy instead. The issue of energy and curbing greenhouse gas emissions continues to be relevant as Marrakesh prepares to host the next U.N. climate talks in November. For the full story, see http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-morocco-environment-idUKKCN0ZU26R.