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KAPSARC’s research agenda addresses and engages with the interests of its stakeholders, offering informed insights into the impacts of local, regional and global energy-related issues.
This agenda covers a broad range of initiatives, from the potential impact of global freight on Saudi energy demand to emissions reduction policies that could help the Kingdom meet its commitments to the Paris Agreement.
Active initiatives 10
Total Publications 912
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 inform Saudi Arabia’s economic decision-making. It will also help shape a framework for evaluating public investment projects in the Kingdom.
Index decomposition analysis (IDA) has been used to study energy use movements…September 18, 2023
By storing carbon dioxide CO2 captured from the atmosphere or point sources…June 8, 2023
KAPSARC has developed an optimization model to characterize the distribution of oil…May 11, 2023
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 investigates how changes in freight movement globally will alter the Kingdom’s energy demand.
The announcement of the India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor (IMEC) during the 2023…October 2, 2023
Increasing demand for mobility will result in an increase in energy consumption…September 20, 2023
On November 1, 2021, at the 26th Conference of the Parties of…September 18, 2023
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 assesses India’s energy demand drivers, the significance of its energy policies, and security strategies for the Kingdom.
In 2019, a new phenomenon – so-called “carbon-neutral liquified natural gas” (LNG)…August 17, 2023
The European Union (EU) has adopted joint gas purchasing to mitigate the…July 18, 2023
The European energy crisis started in the second half of 2021 and…June 17, 2023
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 will also examine development pathways that can help Saudi Arabia achieve its economic and carbon abatement goals.
In December 2022, KAPSARC organized a workshop on carbon markets in Gulf…September 26, 2023
Carbon neutrality can be defined as a state of net-zero carbon dioxide…August 16, 2023
Today, it is impossible to imagine life without plastics due to their…June 22, 2023
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 diversify and bolster its economy to remove its reliance on oil revenue and oil-based economic activity.
Critical minerals (CMs), such as lithium, cobalt, nickel, and rare earth metals,…September 26, 2023
The purpose of this report is to recommend an interconnected regional and…September 26, 2023
The recent regionalization of global politics and trade has placed Brazil, Russia,…September 11, 2023
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 and globally connected natural gas market in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Despite the common interests, markets, and economic policies among Gulf Cooperation Council…November 16, 2020
The last decade saw dramatic changes in the energy sector, including the…October 12, 2020
Between 2009 and 2019, marketed gas production by Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)…September 22, 2020
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 Saudi Arabia can mitigate the risks and capitalize on the opportunities presented by this transition are questions at the forefront of the initiative.
The modeling of power systems can bring about insightful quantitative results to…September 26, 2023
In recent years, the cost of electricity generated by renewables has significantly…September 4, 2023
During the four months of winter (November to February) of 2021/22, the…August 30, 2023
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 identify and mitigate against such risks in the Kingdom and help it achieve macroeconomic stability.
The energy transition toward decarbonization is expected to impact producers of fossil…May 11, 2023
KAPSARC hosted a webinar, “Resilient Cities in the Gulf Cooperation Council,” on…September 14, 2021
Since the Great Recession of 2008, oil-exporting countries have had to adjust…April 25, 2021
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 investment projects tailored to the Saudi economy’s specific characteristics.
This Instant Insight reviews Saudi Arabia’s capital expenditure (central government capital expenditure…October 3, 2023
Crude oil refineries produce finished petroleum products through a series of processing…September 26, 2023
The city of Riyadh, the capital and most populous city of the…September 20, 2023
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 also examines the drivers of productivity in the country and how they might impact upon the Kingdom’s economic diversification.
The necessity of a green transition from traditional energy sources to renewable…September 20, 2023
Reducing methane (CH4) emissions is key to near-term efforts to limit global…September 14, 2023
The General Authority of Statistics of Saudi Arabia has released the input-output…September 5, 2023