Dubai time: 4 December 2023, 16:30-17:30.
Mauritania has high-quality wind and solar resources whose large-scale development could have catalytic effects in supporting the country to deliver universal electricity access to its citizens and achieve its vision for sustainable economic development. Renewable Energy Opportunities for Mauritania – a new IEA report and the first focusing exclusively on Mauritania – explores the potential benefits for Mauritania of developing its renewable energy options. Deploying these resources at scale to generate low-cost renewable electricity and hydrogen through electrolysis could attract large-scale investments and kick-start Mauritania’s energy system transformation, allowing the country to close electricity access gaps and spur clean and sustainable development. Deploying renewables in the country’s mining sector, which represents close to a quarter of Mauritania’s GDP, would also improve operations, increase efficiency, lower costs and reduce CO₂ emissions.