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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 309
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.
Surging global benchmark crude oil rates, tied with a depreciating Indian rupee…September 18, 2019
Presenting India’s 2019 budget on July 5, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman sketched…August 21, 2019
China, the world’s largest emitter of carbon dioxide, has set ambitious climate…July 17, 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.
In 2011, the Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA) completed the construction…September 29, 2019
The European Journal of Operational Research has just published a paper, “Measuring…September 1, 2019
This discussion paper is part of a KAPSARC research project initiated to…May 29, 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.
On August 28, 2019, the United States (U.S.) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)…September 12, 2019
A viable, least-cost pathway to a low greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions future…August 29, 2019
Article 4.19 of the 2015 Paris Agreement calls on signatories to formulate…August 22, 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.
Timely and accurate oil production data is critical for understanding both the…September 12, 2019
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
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’s Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) announced at its 42nd annual general meeting…September 9, 2019
Natural gas is already playing a prominent role in diversifying Saudi Arabia’s…September 2, 2019
Highlighting the main trends that have made natural gas the world’s fastest…May 31, 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.
A power system model for Saudi Arabia was built to quantify the…October 9, 2019
Dozens of governments around the world have supported, and still support, renewable…October 6, 2019
Rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, commonly referred to as distributed generation (DG)…October 1, 2019
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
United States (U.S.) Iran energy sanction waivers expired May 2, 2019. The…May 9, 2019
This paper investigates the intergenerational welfare impact of raising state administered retail energy…April 1, 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.
Saudi Arabia has been adjusting gasoline prices on a quarterly basis since…September 1, 2019
In the week when Saudi Arabia celebrated its first anniversary of women…July 7, 2019
This report quantifies the direct and key indirect benefits of energy efficiency…January 14, 2019