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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 573
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.
When appraising investment projects from a public perspective, a barrel of oil…March 1, 2020
This research is part of a joint project between the Saudi Arabian…February 5, 2019
What is the value of saving a barrel of oil that would…March 25, 2018
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 transportation sector accounts for 24% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions…June 8, 2021
The Indian transportation sector is going through a massive transition, especially the…April 26, 2021
The Saudi government has implemented several policies to slow the growth of,…April 21, 2021
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 this commentary, we examine the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and…January 31, 2021
KAPSARC has developed an energy flow chart for Saudi Arabia. The graphic…December 21, 2020
Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s leading oil producers and exporters.…December 15, 2020
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.
This paper considers the potential for supply-side climate policy to increase climate…September 21, 2020
Green growth emphasizes that positive environmental outcomes can be consistent with economic…April 6, 2020
The Paris Agreement entered into force in November 2016 and, to date,…March 19, 2020
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.
United States (U.S.) shale has transformed oil market dynamics in ways we…June 2, 2021
Total global oil demand is expected to increase year-on-year (YoY) by 4.3…May 2, 2021
Between January 2015 and mid-2020, about 69 of the approximately 2,160 small-to-medium…February 14, 2021
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.
In this commentary, we discuss the impact of renewable energy penetration on…June 6, 2021
Renewable energy (RE) technologies are viewed as a critical means of reducing…June 2, 2021
As data centers become operational in the Kingdom, they will be an…June 2, 2021
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.
Since the Great Recession of 2008, oil-exporting countries have had to adjust…April 25, 2021
The study, “Optimal Policies for Managing Oil Revenue Stabilization Funds: An illustration using…July 26, 2020
A clear objective of Saudi Vision 2030, the strategic roadmap for the…July 19, 2020
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 study explores the potential effects of real-time electricity pricing on the…March 22, 2021
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries aim to employ more of their nationals…March 15, 2021
This paper describes the development of the Residential Energy Model (REEM) for…February 21, 2021
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 last decade has brought a row of substantial changes that have…April 14, 2021
On November 15, 2020, 10 Southeast Asian economies, joined by Australia, China,…March 30, 2021
The Covid-19 pandemic and the responses to it have had a pronounced…February 14, 2021