The Editorial: An energising pact for Algeria

Preserving the environment, promoting social cohesion and a responsible economy, seems to be a chimeric triptych today, as endogenous and exogenous parameters militate for a decomposition of this triptych.


The energy renewal in Algeria, appears more and more like a serious springboard on which the country can consolidate its economic rise, today undermined by the decline of its industry, of the predominance of the importation of the reign without sharing and pity of the informal, but especially of this frenzied consumption mentality which gangrene the Algerian society, to the point where the commercial interest of Algeria to a product intended to be imported and bought, impacts directly on the international price of its raw materials.


The urgency of an energy transition is set up as an unavoidable challenge and poses an imperative for the national community, that of building up and then aligning itself, with compromises, on an energy pact for Algeria, a pact able to preserve the oil revenue, the supply of domestic energy needs, the substitution of this need by possible resources other than the conventional fossil.


Today, to maintain a social cohesion so dearly acquired and hard won at a time when it continues to shatter in countries like ours , calls upon this ingenuity to guarantee simultaneous parallel trajectories, the security of our share of the export market, the security of supply for our customers, to be part of the global dynamic of the climate objectives and the benefits of a green economy, the guarantee of a balanced price for energy for families and finally the competitiveness of companies in Algeria.


The state of depletion of our reserves, the instability of the market and its immediate consequences on the fate of our development, the shifting of the strategies based on the energy security of the importing countries and the technological development of the exploitation of the non conventional resources, put the country in a state of unparalleled pressure for years to come.


The growing dominance of the spot market for gas, the end of «biological» long - term markets, the decline in the price of gas indexed to that of the price of oil, will in the years to come weigh heavily on investments in this sector and in this way, risk of creating divestments grafting the exploitation capacities of gas and its development.


The absence of a pact and the durability of the status quo are not options in the current state of things because it may reverse in the coming years the balance between our export capabilities today and our energy-intensive internal consumption, which is going on crescendo and without interuption.


The tens of thousands of homes built without energy efficiency, the tens of thousands who arrive will push consumption to its extreme, a projection that requires to specify the credible base of the energy policy of the country of the next decade.


As in the past, where Algeria managed to build social, economic and even political pacts during the tragedy of the 1990s, it is up to all, political actors of the majority and the opposition, the proponents of the economic sector and the civil society to show responsibility and to avoid being simplistic and leaks forward.


The listing of renewable energies as a national priority for two years, with no ounce actually showing up in this prioritisation, is the most persistent illustration of this.


In a famous quote on social cohesion, the philosopher Henri Bergson said that: «social cohesion is due in large part to the need for a society to defend itself against others».


Today, social cohesion will be largely due to the need for Algerian society to defend itself against its social divide. «The energising pact is a jump to the ‘certainty, to what is sure, the status quo is a leap backwards to continue to deplete the little woollen stocking that stays.




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