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KAPSARC’s annual 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 year’s 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 284
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.
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
Oil revenue stabilization funds provide short-run protection against oil revenue fluctuations –…October 4, 2017
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.
China’s rapid economic growth has enabled the fast development of freight transport…May 9, 2019
Personal automotive travel is associated with many negative externalities, including air pollution,…May 2, 2019
This paper investigates the drivers of recent improvements in Saudi Arabia’s new…April 30, 2019
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 discussion paper is part of a KAPSARC research project initiated to…May 29, 2019
This paper describes the current governance structure of China’s energy sector. The…May 14, 2019
In recent decades China and Saudi Arabia have gradually deepened their collaboration…March 27, 2019
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.
The Paris Agreement committed ratifying Parties to hold the increase in the…April 7, 2019
The 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change fundamentally altered the nature of…February 27, 2019
The research summaries in this issue are grouped into four themes: climate…December 31, 2018
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 idea of energy security emerged after the energy crises of the…May 28, 2019
As ‘energy transition’ enters the mainstream lexicon, a new narrative is emerging.…February 25, 2019
The United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) and KAPSARC co-hosted an expert…December 18, 2018
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.
Highlighting the main trends that have made natural gas the world’s fastest…May 31, 2019
The changing landscape in global liquefied natural gas (LNG) markets could make…March 19, 2019
The supply growth of natural gas liquids (NGLs) globally within the last…November 15, 2018
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.
Electricity sector reform is a key part of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s…February 20, 2019
A market in which individuals pursue their own self-interest normally maximizes aggregate…November 26, 2018
The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) has…October 17, 2018
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.
As populations and economies grow, a megatrend that will increasingly affect both…January 23, 2018
Price shocks are a feature of international oil markets, with the oil…August 10, 2017
Understanding how the composition of a country’s energy mix is formed in…October 5, 2016
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.
China’s domestic oil production has lagged the rapid growth in the country’s…May 28, 2019
This paper focuses on the methodology for estimating total freight transport activity…May 9, 2019
United States (U.S.) Iran energy sanction waivers expired May 2, 2019. The…May 9, 2019
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.
This report quantifies the direct and key indirect benefits of energy efficiency…January 14, 2019
This workshop explored specific opportunities where the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and…July 1, 2018
In this report, we explore the main trends and policies that relate…February 19, 2018