The King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) held a webinar on Tuesday, July 14th, entitled “Managing Energy Transitions in Developing Countries,” and in partnership with the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations and the Think 20 (T20).
The workshop included a review of the best solutions and policies in energy security and the sustainability of natural resources, which participants aim to present to the G20. Six experts and researchers from Saudi Arabia and India participated in the workshop, in addition to a number of specialists and those interested in energy and environmental affairs in order to help developing countries get access to sustainable energy.
From his side, Dr. Fahad Alturki, the KAPSARC Vice President of Research, welcomed the speakers and participants during his opening speech. He stated that the center looks forward to cooperating with the think tanks in India to examine the best ways to enhance access to energy transitions and a net-zero carbon future, in addition to mechanisms for access to affordable, clean and efficient energy.
Alturki expressed the happiness of the T20 Saudi Arabia that two KAPSARC researchers co-lead the second and tenth task forces in the T20: Sustainable Energy, Water, and Food Systems chaired by Dr. Hossa Almutairi, and Climate Change and Environment chaired by Dr. Noura Mansouri.
The workshop seeks to find possible solutions to ensure energy and electricity access for everyone in developing countries, to identify the common elements that help achieve full access to clean energy, to define the role of hydrocarbons in a net-zero carbon future, and to take aggressive actions to mitigate emissions from energy use.
Holding this webinar comes in the context of KAPSARC’s energy webinar series. The center focuses through its research programs on Energy and Macroeconomics, Transport and Urban Infrastructure, Energy Markets and Industrial Development, Energy Transitions and Electric Power, Policy and Decision Science, and Climate and Environment. According to these programs and workshops, the center also seeks to publish the summary and recommendations of these workshops on KAPSARC’s website.
It is noted that KAPSARC announced last February its progress in the list of the best research centers regionally and globally. KAPSARC jumped 14 ranks in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) research centers to rank 15th among 103 research centers in the region, and ranked 13th out of 60 research centers globally specializing in energy policies and resources.