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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 757
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.
Natural gas is a feedstock for the petrochemical industry and a fuel…October 16, 2022
We assess the extent to which the implementation of Saudi Vision 2030…September 23, 2022
In our previous Instant Insight, The Global Methane Pledge: What It Means…May 8, 2022
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.
Riyadh has been a car-oriented city since the 1950s, a trend that…October 16, 2022
The meeting of the Union Cabinet of India on August 3, 2022,…October 16, 2022
Aviation is crucial for connecting people and countries worldwide. Although aviation carriers,…October 16, 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.
The circular carbon economy (CCE) concept provides a holistic, flexible and pragmatic…November 10, 2022
For decades, the oil and gas industry has delivered the world with…September 18, 2022
For decades, the oil and gas (O&G) industry has provided the globe…September 11, 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.
In a June 29, 2022, communique, the G7 countries agreed to explore…November 24, 2022
Declining gross domestic product (GDP) growth in Q4 2022 will add downward…November 20, 2022
On February 24, 2022, Russia began a ‘special military operation’ in Ukraine,…October 10, 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.
A recent KAPSARC Instant Insight examined the reliability crisis in electric power…October 10, 2022
In 2021, global solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity increased by a record 175…October 10, 2022
The Saudi agricultural sector relies on diesel for irrigation, which is provided…August 24, 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