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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 721
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.
In our previous Instant Insight, The Global Methane Pledge: What It Means…May 8, 2022
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
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 maritime sector is a key pillar for the diversification of the…May 25, 2022
The dramatic drop in air traffic caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and…May 25, 2022
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’s capital and main financial hub, is currently facing substantial…March 27, 2022
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.
This data insight reviews clean hydrogen projects worldwide that are listed in…May 25, 2022
Choosing to rely exclusively on renewable energy sources (RES) and eliminating hydrocarbons…April 20, 2022
Hydrogen has gained considerable global support in the energy policy discourse on…March 1, 2022
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.
Over the past year, all six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries have…June 14, 2022
Plastics are a critical category in the chemicals value chain and have…March 28, 2022
From 2023 onward, the European Union’s (EU’s) Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM)…March 22, 2022
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 G20 has made commitments to the international community to reduce plastic…June 15, 2022
The drivers of this quarter’s global demand outlook stem from multiple factors…May 30, 2022
Integrated oil and gas (O&G) companies operate vertically integrated businesses that span…February 28, 2022
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 February 2021, Texas experienced an extreme cold snap causing a dramatic…June 14, 2022
Achieving global net zero emission (NZE) goals necessitates trillions of US$ of…June 14, 2022
From China, Europe, Central Asia, India and to the United States, there…June 6, 2022
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.
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
The study, “Optimal Policies for Managing Oil Revenue Stabilization Funds: An illustration using…July 26, 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.
It has been two years since the beginning of COVID-19, a one-of-a-kind…May 30, 2022
In light of Saudi Arabia’s recent energy-pricing reform strategy, this paper investigates…May 29, 2022
International labor migration has played a key role in the development of…May 22, 2022
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 analysis presented in this paper evaluates the impact of the COVID-19…April 14, 2022
At the United Nations (UN) General Assembly’s seventy-fifth session held on September…April 10, 2022
This study focuses on the impact of improving the energy efficiency of…April 3, 2022