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      Saudi Arabia’s CO2 Emissions Steady in 2019 Ahead of Expected 2020 Fall Due to COVID-19

      Saudi Arabia’s CO2 Emissions Steady in 2019 Ahead of Expected 2020 Fall Due to COVID-19

      Nicholas Howarth, Alessandro Lanza, Thamir Alshehri, Jan Frederik Braun

      The 2019 data on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions have just been released ahead of an expected large fall in CO2 emissions in 2020 due to the impact of COVID-19. On June 3, Enerdata released its data for Saudi Arabia’s 2019…

      Nicholas Howarth Howarth, Nicholas
      Alessandro Lanza Lanza, Alessandro
      Thamir Alshehri Alshehri, Thamir
      Jan Frederik Braun Braun, Jan Frederik
      12th July 2020
      Green Growth Pathways for Saudi Arabia
      Climate Change Policies and Governance

      Green Growth Pathways for Saudi Arabia

      Green growth emphasizes that positive environmental outcomes can be consistent with economic prosperity and that greater social wellbeing can be achieved through ‘less use, more value’ policies.

      6th April 2020
      Saudi Arabia’s Residential Solar Energy Use and Prospects
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Saudi Arabia’s Residential Solar Energy Use and Prospects

      Sadeem Alhosain, Ryan Alyamani

      In an effort to diversify the energy mix of Saudi Arabia’s residential sector, the Electricity and Cogeneration Regularity Authority introduced regulations in August 2017, allowing households to use solar energy to generate their own electricity.

      Sadeem Alhosain Alhosain, Sadeem
      Ryan Alyamani Alyamani, Ryan
      13th February 2020
      Adaptive Strategies in the Low Carbon Energy Transition
      Future of Global Oil Markets

      Adaptive Strategies in the Low Carbon Energy Transition

      As ‘energy transition’ enters the mainstream lexicon, a new narrative is emerging. The presumption that there is an urgent need to achieve full decarbonization via the elimination of fossil fuels is being tempered by calls to capitalize on the opportunities…

      25th February 2019
      The Economics of Renewable Energy in the Gulf
      Electricity Sector Transitions Regional Energy Markets

      The Economics of Renewable Energy in the Gulf

      Hisham Akhonbay, Imtenan Al-Mubarak, Sylvain Côté, Amro Elshurafa, Walid Matar, Shreekar Pradhan, David Wogan, Lama Yaseen

      The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) has been at the epicenter of global energy markets because of its substantial endowment of hydrocarbons. Yet countries in the region have also stated their intent to be global…

      Hisham Akhonbay Akhonbay, Hisham
      Imtenan Al-Mubarak Al-Mubarak, Imtenan
      Sylvain Côté Côté, Sylvain
      Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
      Walid Matar Matar, Walid
      Shreekar Pradhan Pradhan, Shreekar
      David Wogan Wogan, David
      Lama Yaseen Yaseen, Lama
      17th October 2018
      Policy Lessons From China’s CCS Experience
      Climate Change Policies and Governance

      Policy Lessons From China’s CCS Experience

      Xiaoliang Yang, Wolfgang Heidug

      China’s political leadership has taken an increasingly public and proactive stance on climate change since 2014. This includes a commitment that Chinese carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions will peak before 2030 and enacting measures through the 13th Five-Year Plan to support…

      Xiaoliang Yang Yang, Xiaoliang
      Wolfgang Heidug Heidug, Wolfgang
      2nd July 2018
      Electricity Market Integration in the GCC and MENA: Imperatives and Challenges
      Regional Energy Markets

      Electricity Market Integration in the GCC and MENA: Imperatives and Challenges

      Rising electricity demand and growing fiscal constraints have encouraged governments in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions to consider more cooperative approaches to delivering reliable and affordable electricity services. The development of an…

      1st July 2018
      Identifying the Roadblocks for Energy Access: A Case Study for Eastern Africa’s Gas
      Future of Natural Gas Markets

      Identifying the Roadblocks for Energy Access: A Case Study for Eastern Africa’s Gas

      Rami Shabaneh, Anne-Sophie Corbeau, Fernando Tomas Nhantumbo

      Natural gas resources in Tanzania and Mozambique have emerged as a new source of gas supply. While they are poised for export to global gas markets, they can also provide a key source of energy to the rest of Eastern…

      Rami Shabaneh Shabaneh, Rami
      Anne-Sophie Corbeau Corbeau, Anne-Sophie
      Fernando Tomas Nhantumbo Nhantumbo, Fernando Tomas
      20th May 2018
      Understanding the Energy Transition
      Future of Global Oil Markets

      Understanding the Energy Transition

      The world of energy is always undergoing transition, but the nature of the current phase of the transition is subject to a wide spectrum of interpretations that are often colored by bias and aspirations for a particular future end-point. In…

      18th April 2018
      The Value of Saving Oil in Saudi Arabia
      Evaluation of Public Investment Projects

      The Value of Saving Oil in Saudi Arabia

      Jorge Blazquez, Baltasar Manzano, Axel Pierru

      What is the value of saving a barrel of oil that would otherwise had been consumed domestically? This study explores the question, taking a long-run perspective into a general equilibrium approach. In the case of Saudi Arabia, the difference between…

      Jorge Blazquez Blazquez, Jorge
      Baltasar Manzano Manzano, Baltasar
      Axel Pierru Pierru, Axel
      25th March 2018
      East Africa Shared Gas Initiative

      East Africa Shared Gas Initiative

      Energy demand in the economies of Eastern Africa is among the lowest in the world and represents only a small outlet for the large natural gas resource that has been discovered. Despite its important potential, renewables (with the exception of…

      1st January 2018
      Coal in Asia: The Challenge for Policy and the Promise of Markets

      Coal in Asia: The Challenge for Policy and the Promise of Markets

      When balancing the objectives of affordability, reliability and environmental sustainability of energy supply, the answer in developing Asian economies has historically been unequivocal: Coal is king. This is because these nations placed greater emphasis on the first two objectives at…

      30th November 2017
      The Political Feasibility of Policy Options for the UAE’s Energy Transition
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      The Political Feasibility of Policy Options for the UAE’s Energy Transition

      Brian Efird, Paul Mollet, Imtenan Al-Mubarak

      The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has said it wishes to transition toward a less carbon-intensive energy system, both as part of its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and as one of…

      Brian Efird Efird, Brian
      Paul Mollet Mollet, Paul
      Imtenan Al-Mubarak Al-Mubarak, Imtenan
      10th October 2017
      How to Achieve Economic Prosperity Through Industrial Energy Productivity Improvement
      Productivity and Economic Diversification

      How to Achieve Economic Prosperity Through Industrial Energy Productivity Improvement

      The King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) and the Energy Research Institute (ERI) of China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) have initiated a joint study into how industrial energy productivity can improve economic prosperity. This study comes…

      27th September 2017
      Growth, Investment and the Low-Carbon Transition: A View From Saudi Arabia
      Productivity and Economic Diversification

      Growth, Investment and the Low-Carbon Transition: A View From Saudi Arabia

      Nicholas Howarth, Alessandro Lanza

      A common priority across G20 countries is the need to reinvigorate economies through an economic transformation that delivers a higher level of better quality growth. At KAPSARC, the need to improve economic growth and deliver climate goals agreed at COP21…

      Nicholas Howarth Howarth, Nicholas
      Alessandro Lanza Lanza, Alessandro
      31st August 2017
      Transitioning to Liberalized Energy Markets
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Transitioning to Liberalized Energy Markets

      Some countries have successfully navigated the transition to using a free market to provide energy more efficiently, while others are only just embarking on this journey. This transition is a lengthy, costly and complex process. Consequently, lessons learned from their…

      29th August 2017
      Estimating the Learning Curve of Solar PV Balance-of-Systems for Over 20 Countries
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Estimating the Learning Curve of Solar PV Balance-of-Systems for Over 20 Countries

      Amro Elshurafa, Shahad Albardi, Carlo Andrea Bollino

      The capital cost of a solar photovoltaic (PV) system comprises the module and balance-of-systems (BOS). The latter refers to everything else that is needed to make the solar system functional including cables, mounts, labor, etc. While modules are priced internationally,…

      Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
      Shahad Albardi Albardi, Shahad
      Carlo Andrea Bollino Bollino, Carlo Andrea
      15th June 2017