Research for effective energy solutions

King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) conducts independent energy economics and policy research and develops insights in collaboration with leading international research centers, public policy organizations, and industrial and government institutions.

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KAPSARC's annual highlights

Take a look at some of the Center’s key achievements in 2018.

Highlights for 2018

Launching our new Data Insights series

We are pleased to launch a new publication that will aim to share topical insights and data on a range of interesting themes. The first in the series is focused on Saudi Arabia’s passenger and freight railway network.

Data Insight 01: Transportation

Tools for informed policymaking

We offer free access to KAPSARC’s data sets and research tools, to assist policymakers and to advance the understanding of energy economics and environment policy worldwide.

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KAPSARC Participates as a Knowledge Partner at 9th IEA-IEF-OPEC Symposium on Energy Outlooks

KAPSARC Participates as a Knowledge Partner at 9th IEA-IEF-OPEC Symposium on Energy Outlooks

March 5, 2019 Press release

Research initiatives

Evaluation of Public Investment Projects

Evaluation of Public Investment Projects

The Kingdom has begun to diversify its economy, changing its resource use and creating new development opportunities. This initiative assesses the opportunity costs of Saudi energy resources to…

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Publications

  • 4 Discussion papers
Future of Transport and Fuel Demand

Future of Transport and Fuel Demand

This initiative aims to advance the understanding of passenger transport energy demand using a network analysis of future passenger transport activity, starting from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It also…

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Publications

  • 1 Data Insight
  • 2 KAPSARC journal articles
  • 1 Workshop brief
  • 1 Discussion paper
Regional Energy Markets

Regional Energy Markets

This initiative analyzes energy market integration among Gulf Cooperation Council countries, the implications of China’s changing energy demand, energy policies and security strategies for Saudi Arabia. It also…

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Publications

  • 2 Discussion papers
  • 1 Report
  • 1 Data Insight
  • 1 KAPSARC Quarterly
Climate Change Policies and Governance

Climate Change Policies and Governance

This initiative will investigate emissions-reduction policies to provide options to Saudi policymakers as they implement the Paris Agreement and prepare to negotiate the new nationally determined contributions. It…

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Publications

  • 4 Discussion papers
  • 1 KAPSARC Quarterly
Future of Global Oil Markets

Future of Global Oil Markets

This initiative investigates what role oil can play in an environmentally sustainable future energy and feedstock mix. It also considers the extent to which the Kingdom needs to…

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Publications

  • 2 Workshop briefs
  • 1 KAPSARC Quarterly
  • 2 Discussion papers
Future of Natural Gas Markets

Future of Natural Gas Markets

This initiative explores the potential of Saudi Arabia’s consumption, domestic supply, and natural gas trade in the global context. It will provide a roadmap for a functioning, competitive…

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Publications

  • 2 Workshop briefs
  • 1 KAPSARC Quarterly
  • 2 Discussion papers
Electricity Sector Transitions

Electricity Sector Transitions

This initiative explores the role of electric power in the energy transition and investigates how the transition will affect the global supply of and demand for electricity. How…

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Publications

  • 1 Workshop brief
  • 3 Discussion papers
  • 1 Book/book chapter
Energy and Economic Vulnerability

Energy and Economic Vulnerability

In an interconnected world, national economies and societies are vulnerable to global energy price shocks and disruptions to energy systems. This initiative will explore policies that can help…

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Publications

  • 1 KAPSARC journal article
  • 2 Discussion papers
  • 1 Book/book chapter
  • 1 Workshop brief
Models, Data and Tools

Models, Data and Tools

This research aims to assess the opportunity costs of Saudi energy resources, to inform Saudi Arabia’s economic decision-making. It will also help shape a framework for evaluating public…

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Publications

  • 1 KAPSARC journal article
  • 2 Data Insights
  • 2 Discussion papers
Productivity and Economic Diversification

Productivity and Economic Diversification

This initiative focuses on the relationship between employment and sustainable economic growth in Saudi Arabia, and the determining factors that lead to business growth and job creation. It…

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Publications

  • 1 Report
  • 2 Workshop briefs
  • 2 Discussion papers

Kapsarc quarterly research highlights

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24 Apr

Oil Strategies for the Low Carbon…

KAPSARC’s new workshop in the series covering Oil Strategies for the Low Carbon Energy Transition will be held in The Hague, Netherlands on April 24, 2019 at Huys Clingendael’s headquarters. Co-hosted by KAPSARC and the Clingendael International Energy Programme, the event aims to inform research into strategies that may be deployed by both oil importers […]

30 Apr

Green Growth Pathways for Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s nationally determined contribution to the Paris Agreement put diversification of the Kingdom’s economy and of its fuel mix at the heart of its carbon avoidance measures. In addition, part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 is an ambitious transition toward fulfillment of the Kingdom’s sustainable development goals and a green economy. Significant progress has […]

01 May

The Future of Cooling: Technology, Market…

The use of air conditioners accounts for about 65% of residential electricity consumption in Saudi Arabia and cooling has been a big driver of the average 6% per year increase in buildings’ energy consumption in the Kingdom since 2010. At the same time Saudi policy makers have committed to phasing out the use of oil […]

Latest Publications

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A Mechanism for CCS in the Post-Paris Era

A Mechanism for CCS in…

The Paris Agreement committed ratifying Parties to hold the increase in the global average temperature to much less than 2°C…

Wolfgang Heidug, Paul Zakkour

April 7, 2019
Policy Pathways to Meet Saudi Arabia’s Contribution to the Paris Agreement

Policy Pathways to Meet Saudi…

The 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change fundamentally altered the nature of global climate governance by introducing a new framework…

David Wogan, Elizabeth Carey, Douglas Cooke

February 27, 2019

Kapsarc data tools

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We provide free access to KAPSARC’s data and research tools, to advance the understanding of energy economics and environment policy.

KAPSARC Energy Data Portal

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The KAPSARC Energy Data Portal is available to anyone seeking energy data for research. It is designed to enable users to better understand energy, including energy economics and energy policies.

 

The portal is updated regularly to include new data sets with the aim of expanding the scope of coverage as well as keeping the information current. Data sets can currently be exported in CSV, JSON, EXCEL formats or accessed using API for use in mobile and web applications.

KAPSARC Maritime Transport Analysis Framework

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This app is designed to enable better understanding of maritime transportation across ports of various countries. The model calculates shortest paths, emissions (CO2, CH4), total trade in weight and shows commodities traded.

KAPSARC Building Energy Assessment Tool

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The KAPSARC Building Energy Assessment Tool is a web-based energy analysis tool designed to assist users in improving the energy efficiency of residential buildings.

KAPSARC Global Energy Macro- econometric Model

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A domestic policy analysis tool that captures the interactions between Saudi Arabia and other global economies.

KAPSARC Energy Model for Saudi Arabia

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The KAPSARC Energy Model for Saudi Arabia is a partial economic equilibrium model that represents six major energy producing and consuming sectors in Saudi Arabia. These sectors are electric power, petrochemicals, refining, water desalination, upstream oil and gas, and cement.

KAPSARC Toolkit for Behavioral Analysis (KTAB)

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The KAPSARC Toolkit for Behavioral Analysis is an open source platform for building models. It enables a systematic and rigorous analysis of collective decision-making processes. To download the software, source code, data, presentations, and for more information see www.ktab.software

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رئيس كابسارك آدم سيمنيسكي يُرحب برئيس وزراء العراق عادل عبدالمهدي والوفد الرسمي المرافق له في مقر مركز الملك عبدالله للدراسات والبحوث البترولية والذي صمّمته المعمارية العراقية زها حديد https://t.co/k1V7UHRClT

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The President of #KAPSARC @Adam_Sieminski welcomes Prime Minister of #Iraq Adel Abdul-Mahdi to KAPSARC research complex, designed by Iraqi Architect Zaha Hadid. https://t.co/J3O4b9TAIs

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بحثُ جديد صادر من #كابسارك يقترح آلية دعم تحويلية جديدة لاحتجاز #الكربون وتخزينه، حيث تضّمن تصميم وحدة مخصصّة لمساعدة الدول على الحدّ من انبعاثات الكربون والوصول لأهداف #اتفاقية_باريس. لمعرفة المزيد: bit.ly/2Uk9Ehf

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#KAPSARC president @Adam_Sieminski speaking to @CNBC about the role of #OPEC and the opportunities for conversation in setting the #Oil prices. رئيس #كابسارك آدم سيمنيسكي يتحدث عن دور #اوبك والفرص التي تتيحها المحادثات في تحديد أسعار #النفط. https://cnb.cx/2Xuk8xn
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شارك #كابسارك كشريك معرفي في الندوة التاسعة لمنتدى الطاقة الدولي، والتي ينظمها بالتنسيق مع #اوبك وكالة الطاقة الدولية لمناقشة مستقبل #الطاقة، حيث أدار رئيس المركز جلسة بعنوان “وجهات النظر حول آفاق مستقبل الطاقة بين صنّاع القرار والخبراء على المدى القصير والمتوسط والطويل”
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#kapsarc participated as a knowledge partner at the 9th #IEA #IEF #OPEC Symposium on #Energy Outlooks. As KAPSARC President @Adam_Sieminski moderated a session entitled “Key Stakeholder and Industry Views on Short-, Medium-, and Long-Term Energy Outlooks”.
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