June 28, 2021
Minister of Energy Transition and Renewable Energy, Chems Eddine Chitour, called Monday in Algiers, the development of the wood-energy sector, emphasizing the need to launch “a Marchal plan” of planting fast-growing trees across all the country’s provinces.
“Biomass could have an important place in the energy transition of the country by gradually replacing up to 10% of natural gas that we currently consume,” said Chitour.
Referring to data presented by National Office of Rural Development Studies (BNEDER), the Minister said that “the planting of a hundred million trees per year over a decade would require 500,000 hectares.”
“We intend to go gradually by choosing fast-growing trees and species adapted to each region,” he said.
In addition to wood, the minister also highlighted the recovery of waste energy, olive pomace oil and waste dates that could partially replace gasoline and diesel.
In this regard, he said that Algeria expects financial assistance from the United Nations as part of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), during which states will be instructed to stop using fossil fuels as a source of energy and replace them with clean energy.