Science, Technology & Environment

Chitour: Algeria must secure energy transition within eight years

APS - 18 May 2021

ALGIERS- Minister of Energy Transition and Renewable Energies Chems Eddine Chitour said Tuesday in Algiers that "Algeria is called upon to secure its energy transition within a period of 7 to 8 years."

On the occasion of the 25th edition of the Energy Day, devoted to "energy transition and sustainable development," Chitour stressed that "Algeria has to secure the transition to renewable energies within only 7 to 8 years and get out of the current situation marked by dependence on conventional energies."

The ministry aspires to achieve this objective by 2030 in a "reasonable way and in association with all the concerned sectors," hence the importance of applying a "Marshall Plan" in terms of renewable energies to execute a new energy model, for the production of solar energy, thermal and wind energy as well.

Chitour considered that this transition "stems from a necessity and not only from an aspiration to modernity," adding that the major stake is to sensitize, even convince the society of the importance of this transition.

Efforts are being launched by the sector for the production of 1,000 megawatts of hydrogen, added the minister, specifying that this type of energy will be likely to replace oil by 2030.

The minister recommended that the subsidy on energy prices be "gradually" lifted, while ensuring "to protect low-income categories".