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Achieving Climate Goals by Closing the Loop in a Circular Carbon Economy
Climate Change Policies and Governance

Achieving Climate Goals by Closing the Loop in a Circular Carbon Economy

Eric Williams

On October 30, the Saudi Minister of Energy, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, announced at the Future Investment Initiative that “the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia offers the concept of a circular carbon economy … Such a closed-loop system, much like what…

Eric Williams Williams, Eric
November 7, 2019
India’s Automotive Fuel Policies: Evolution and Challenges
Future of Transport and Fuel Demand

India’s Automotive Fuel Policies: Evolution and Challenges

Yagyavalk Bhatt, Jitendra Roychoudhury

India, like many other countries, is seeking to diversify its automotive fuel mix away from conventional petroleum fuels to alternate, cleaner fuels. The primary reasons for its diversification are energy security and public health due to harmful emissions from automotive…

Yagyavalk Bhatt Bhatt, Yagyavalk
Jitendra Roychoudhury Roychoudhury, Jitendra
November 6, 2019
Are Small Modular Reactors a Good Option for Saudi Arabia?
Electricity Sector Transitions

Are Small Modular Reactors a Good Option for Saudi Arabia?

Noura Mansouri

Since the start of nuclear power in the 1950s, nuclear generation technology has continually transformed and developed. Following the three major nuclear accidents, Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima, nuclear power has become more robust, safer and more secure.

Noura Mansouri Mansouri, Noura
November 3, 2019
KAPSARC Oil Market Outlook
Future of Global Oil Markets

KAPSARC Oil Market Outlook

Our supply/demand forecast is an average for each period and does not take into account short term volatility. Actual changes will, of course, remain volatile amid continued geopolitical events. These challenges include sanctions, trade and technology tensions, a growing number…

October 31, 2019
Can Japanese Nuclear Power Be Restarted Sooner? A Simulation of Alternative Scenarios
Models, Data and Tools

Can Japanese Nuclear Power Be Restarted Sooner? A Simulation of Alternative Scenarios

Saleh Al Muhanna, Imtenan Al-Mubarak, Brian Efird, Faisal Al-Ghamdi

This study assesses whether there are politically plausible paths to more quickly gain support for restarting Japanese nuclear power plants and considers alternative scenarios. It builds on the 2018 KAPSARC discussion paper, “The Policymaking Process to Restart Japanese Nuclear Power,”…

Saleh Al Muhanna Al Muhanna, Saleh
Imtenan Al-Mubarak Al-Mubarak, Imtenan
Brian Efird Efird, Brian
Faisal Al-Ghamdi Al-Ghamdi, Faisal
October 27, 2019
The Use of Blockchain Technology in Saudi Logistics
Future of Transport and Fuel Demand

The Use of Blockchain Technology in Saudi Logistics

Jitendra Roychoudhury, Pavithra Kumar Shetty

On September 21, 2019, Saudi Customs, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, the Saudi Ports Authority, and the logistics firm, A.P. Moller – Maersk, jointly announced the successful completion of a blockchain pilot project tracking a shipping container from…

Jitendra Roychoudhury Roychoudhury, Jitendra
Pavithra Kumar Shetty Shetty, Pavithra Kumar
October 22, 2019
A Short-Term Forecasting Model for Brent Oil Prices
Future of Global Oil Markets

A Short-Term Forecasting Model for Brent Oil Prices

Hamid M. Al Sadoon, Colin Ward, Jennifer Considine, Abdullah Aldayel

The KAPSARC Oil Market Outlook (KOMO) has been designed to provide readers with a timely source of data, forecasts and analysis of world oil markets, including an understanding of the key factors affecting world oil prices. This paper gives a…

Hamid M. Al Sadoon Al Sadoon, Hamid M.
Colin Ward Ward, Colin
Jennifer Considine Considine, Jennifer
Abdullah Aldayel Aldayel, Abdullah
October 20, 2019
Electricity Sector Reforms in Abu Dhabi and Oman: What Have We Learned?
Electricity Sector Transitions

Electricity Sector Reforms in Abu Dhabi and Oman: What Have We Learned?

Shahid Hasan, Turki Alaqeel, Nawaz Peerbocus

Chile was the first country to reform its electricity sector. The reform program was first mooted when Chile’s National Energy Commission was established in 1978; it took off with the enactment of the country’s Electricity Sector Law in 1982. This…

Shahid Hasan Hasan, Shahid
Turki Alaqeel Alaqeel, Turki
Nawaz Peerbocus Peerbocus, Nawaz
October 20, 2019
Macroeconomic Stability and Economic Diversification in Oil-Dependent Countries
Energy and Economic Vulnerability

Macroeconomic Stability and Economic Diversification in Oil-Dependent Countries

Oil-dependent economies are vulnerable to macroeconomic fiscal instability stemming from high oil price volatility in the short – run and the exhaustibility of oil in the long – run. The workshop discussed the main challenges confronting oil-dependent economies that could…

October 16, 2019
Trends in Global Solar PV Installation
Electricity Sector Transitions

Trends in Global Solar PV Installation

Amro Elshurafa

Dozens of governments around the world have supported, and still support, renewable energy technology deployment, including solar photovoltaics (PV). This has been driven by their ambitions to be energy independent, meet carbon emission reduction targets, and contribute to their domestic…

Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
October 6, 2019
The Potential of Distributed Solar PV Capacity in Riyadh: A GIS-Assisted Study
Electricity Sector Transitions

The Potential of Distributed Solar PV Capacity in Riyadh: A GIS-Assisted Study

Abdelrahman Muhsen, Amro Elshurafa

Rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, commonly referred to as distributed generation (DG) solar systems, can play a central role in the energy mix for sustainable cities. As with all forms of power generation, DG carries technical, financial, policy, and market…

Abdelrahman Muhsen Muhsen, Abdelrahman
Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
October 1, 2019
Crude Oil Use in the Saudi Electricity Sector
Electricity Sector Transitions

Crude Oil Use in the Saudi Electricity Sector

Thamir Alshehri

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has taken several measures to promote sustainability in its electricity sector. In 2016 and 2018, the government of Saudi Arabia introduced a range of reforms as part of Saudi Vision 2030 to modernize the economy…

Thamir Alshehri Alshehri, Thamir
September 29, 2019
Behavioral Analysis on Developing a GCC Power Market
Regional Energy Markets

Behavioral Analysis on Developing a GCC Power Market

Nourah Al Hosain

In 2011, the Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA) completed the construction of a regional power grid connecting the Gulf states. Its main purpose was to provide backup in case of power emergencies. The grid also increases the likelihood of…

Nourah Al Hosain Al Hosain, Nourah
September 29, 2019
Political Feasibility of Enhancing India’s Midcentury Target for Emissions Intensity

Political Feasibility of Enhancing India’s Midcentury Target for Emissions Intensity

AlJawhara Al Quayid, Nourah Al Hosain, Yagyavalk Bhatt, Paul Mollet

India’s greenhouse gas emissions have grown along with its rapid economic growth, making it the world’s third-largest emitter after China and the United States. Under the Paris Agreement, India has committed to reduce its emissions intensity relative to its GDP…

AlJawhara Al Quayid Al Quayid, AlJawhara
Nourah Al Hosain Al Hosain, Nourah
Yagyavalk Bhatt Bhatt, Yagyavalk
Paul Mollet Mollet, Paul
September 18, 2019
India’s Increasing Imports of Crude Oil
Future of Transport and Fuel Demand

India’s Increasing Imports of Crude Oil

Yagyavalk Bhatt

Surging global benchmark crude oil rates, tied with a depreciating Indian rupee against the United States dollar (US$) and India’s increasing dependence on crude oil imports, are likely to push India’s crude oil import bill higher. This insight sheds light…

Yagyavalk Bhatt Bhatt, Yagyavalk
September 18, 2019
Temperature Trends Across Cities in Saudi Arabia
Electricity Sector Transitions

Temperature Trends Across Cities in Saudi Arabia

Turki Alaqeel, Nawaz Peerbocus

KAPSARC examined temperature data for 11 cities spread across Saudi Arabia over 10 years. Except for Makkah, all cities in Saudi Arabia were warmer in 2018 compared with the national 10-year average. 

Turki Alaqeel Alaqeel, Turki
Nawaz Peerbocus Peerbocus, Nawaz
September 15, 2019