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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 506
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.
In September 2019, China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), together with…October 13, 2020
Our previous research found that promoting plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) adoption through…August 30, 2020
Estimates of the size of Saudi Arabia’s vehicle fleet in 2015 vary…June 24, 2020
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.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s annual cement production capacity of 72.4 million…June 21, 2020
Implementing Alternative Pricing Policies in Economic Equilibrium Models Using the Extended Mathematical…
Standard economic optimization models represent markets in perfect competition. They are commonly…March 12, 2020
The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has expanded from 65 original member…March 9, 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.
The global oil market moved into deficit in the third quarter of…October 29, 2020
The global oil market is likely to move into deficit as early…August 6, 2020
Structural changes in the global oil sector are disrupting conventional market dynamics…August 6, 2020
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.
Since 1990, Saudi Arabia’s electricity consumption has risen rapidly and consistently, at…October 12, 2020
Electricity Sector Liberalization in Egypt: Features, Challenges and Opportunities for Market Integration
KAPSARC has initiated a research project to develop insights that can facilitate…October 5, 2020
It has been shown in the literature that, in aggregate, actual household…September 14, 2020
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 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
Saudi Vision 2030 (SV2030), the strategic roadmap for the future of the…January 16, 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.
Fiscal policy lies at the heart of key macroeconomic and budgetary decisions…October 5, 2020
Aggregate residential electricity consumption in Saudi Arabia has increased rapidly over the…September 13, 2020
Saudi Arabia is the world’s second-largest holder of proved oil reserves and…May 21, 2020
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 trade dispute between the United States (U.S.) and China has escalated…September 7, 2020
Between 2007 and 2018, residential electricity consumption in Saudi Arabia increased by…August 26, 2020
The government of Saudi Arabia, like many around the world, has long…June 21, 2020