Morocco has announced that its plan to launch 600 environmentally friendly mosques by 2019, local media reported on Wednesday.
As a part of a large environmentally conscious effort across Morocco, the country aims to reduce power consumption in its mosques as well as to raise awareness of renewable energy, the Moroccan daily Akhbar Alyaoum said.
The “green mosques” will use LED lighting, solar water heaters, and photovoltaic power systems, the report said.
The effort is being largely funded by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, in partnership with the German government, which will help with upgrades, it said.
Morocco ranks alongside Costa Rica, Bhutan and Ethiopia as one of the world’s greenest countries, a fact partially due to its ambitious goals to crack down on carbon emissions.
The Moroccan city of Marrakesh is due to host the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 22) in this November. – Xinhua