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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 356
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.
From 2-15 December, 2018, almost 200 countries gathered at the 2018 United…January 1, 2020
Subsidies for promoting plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) adoption are a key component…December 29, 2019
This commentary uses a cost per perceived value (CPPV) based utility maximization…December 26, 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.
The Chinese government launched the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in 2013…January 12, 2020
Starting in 2017, KAPSARC and the Clingendael International Energy Program (CIEP) have…November 24, 2019
In 2011, the Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA) completed the construction…September 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.
The design of the rulebook for Article 6 of the Paris Agreement…December 9, 2019
The International Energy Agency has recently released data showing that in 2018…December 4, 2019
On October 30, the Saudi Minister of Energy, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman,…November 7, 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.
In this paper, joint oil stockpiling (JOS) refers to a commercial arrangement…January 23, 2020
In recent years, global oil markets have experienced intensified competition driven by…January 16, 2020
January 1, 2020 marks the enforcement of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO)…December 12, 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.
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
Saudi Arabia expects to double its natural gas production within the next…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.
The World Bank estimates that nearly 1 billion people globally have no…December 17, 2019
A recent International Monetary Fund report noted that in 2018, Saudi Arabia’s…November 24, 2019
In January 2019, Saudi Arabia’s Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO) announced…November 18, 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.
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.
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
The government of Saudi Arabia has successfully reduced the country’s energy intensity,…December 15, 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