Wind turbines in Morocco

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If the Kyoto protocol encourages industrialised countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, it has also made plans for Clean Development Mechanisms (CDM) to be set up. These allow companies from rich countries to gain emission credits if they carry out projects which avoid the emission of greenhouse gases in developing countries. The French cement manufacturer Lafarge was able to take advantage of these credits by installing wind turbines in Tétouan in Morocco. They will produce half the electricity of the cement plant instead of the coal-driven power station. Lafarge thus avoided the emission of 30 000 t of greenhouse gas. The aim of CDM is to make the transfer of clean technologies to developing countries easier : they can develop whilst being eco-friendly.

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