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 […]
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 as a fuel to generate electricity and the government is implementing a domestic energy price reform program which aims to increase efficiency, reduce waste and stimulate private sector investment in renewable power and other sustainable technologies.
The one-day workshop will focus on technological options and the behavioral economics of cooling and will be structured around four sessions:
- The importance of cooling and electricity transitions in Saudi Arabia
- Future trends in air conditioning technologies
- Towards a Living Lab for behavioral analysis of Saudi energy consumption
- Cooling as an energy service and business models moving behind the meter.