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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 418
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 freight sector is at the heart of global economic activity, one…February 19, 2020
India’s oil imports have risen significantly since the 1990s, when it imported…February 11, 2020
From 2-15 December, 2018, almost 200 countries gathered at the 2018 United…January 1, 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.
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
The Chinese government launched the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in 2013…January 12, 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.
The Paris Agreement entered into force in November 2016 and, to date,…March 19, 2020
The Instant Insight published on December 03, 2019 (KS–2019-II16) was based on…January 21, 2020
The design of the rulebook for Article 6 of the Paris Agreement…December 9, 2019
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.
Understanding the relationship between crude oil prices and inventory levels is critical…February 24, 2020
Energy is arguably the most valuable traded commodity in the world. Unlike…February 18, 2020
The recent declaration by OPEC and its partners (OPEC+) to cut oil…January 30, 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.
India faces a pressing energy shortage. Despite rapid economic development, a large…March 8, 2020
Fuel prices in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have historically been below…January 13, 2020
On August 26, 2019, India’s petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan announced that he…December 8, 2019
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.
Saudi Arabia’s nuclear energy program has been a subject of intense speculation…March 25, 2020
Residential Energy Efficiency Investment and Demand Response Under Different Electricity Pricing Schemes:…
This paper expands on a previously-presented methodology that merges the physical properties…March 24, 2020
Ten years ago, climate risks were absent from the top five global…March 11, 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.
Saudi Vision 2030 (SV2030), the strategic roadmap for the future of the…January 16, 2020
In the race to secure customers on competitive world oil markets, many…December 18, 2019
Oil-dependent economies are vulnerable to macroeconomic fiscal instability stemming from high oil…October 16, 2019
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.
The KAPSARC Global Energy Macroeconometric Model (KGEMM), is a policy analysis tool…February 13, 2020
After the drop in international oil prices in 2014, oil-exporting countries started…December 26, 2019
Coal power plants accounted for 57% of India’s total generation capacity of…December 26, 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.
While the renewable energy sector needs more workers per megawatt of energy…December 3, 2019
In 2016 Saudi Arabia’s industrial (or manufacturing) sector accounted for 30.3% of…December 3, 2019
Saudi Arabia has been adjusting gasoline prices on a quarterly basis since…September 1, 2019