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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.

April 6, 2020
The Relentless Politics of Climate Change: The Paris Agreement
Climate Change Policies and Governance

The Relentless Politics of Climate Change: The Paris Agreement

Saleh Al Muhanna, AlJawhara Al Quayid, Nourah Al Hosain

The Paris Agreement entered into force in November 2016 and, to date, 187 parties have ratified it (UFCCC). The Agreement’s goal is to limit the increase in global temperature to 2 degrees Celsius (°C) above] pre-industrial levels. The Agreement established…

Saleh Al Muhanna Al Muhanna, Saleh
AlJawhara Al Quayid Al Quayid, AlJawhara
Nourah Al Hosain Al Hosain, Nourah
March 19, 2020
Saudi Arabia’s 2018 CO2 Emissions Fall Faster Than Expected
Climate Change Policies and Governance

Saudi Arabia’s 2018 CO2 Emissions Fall Faster Than Expected

Nicholas Howarth, Alessandro Lanza, Thamir Alshehri

The Instant Insight published on December 03, 2019 (KS–2019-II16) was based on data downloaded from the following sources: Enerdata Global Energy & CO2 Database (www.enerdata.net), 9 September, 2019 Enerdata EnerDemand Database (www.enerdata.net), 9 September, 2019 Joint Organizations Data Initiative (JODI),…

Nicholas Howarth Howarth, Nicholas
Alessandro Lanza Lanza, Alessandro
Thamir Alshehri Alshehri, Thamir
January 21, 2020
What is Behind the Recent Fall in Saudi Arabia’s CO2 Emissions?
Climate Change Policies and Governance

What is Behind the Recent Fall in Saudi Arabia’s CO2 Emissions?

Nicholas Howarth, Alessandro Lanza, Thamir Alshehri

The International Energy Agency has recently released data showing that in 2018 Saudi Arabia’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions fell by 15 million tonnes of CO2 (MtCO2), or 2.7%, from 577 MtCO2 to 562 MtCO2. This is significant as it is…

Nicholas Howarth Howarth, Nicholas
Alessandro Lanza Lanza, Alessandro
Thamir Alshehri Alshehri, Thamir
December 4, 2019
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
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
Finding a Viable Path to Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Climate Change Policies and Governance

Finding a Viable Path to Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Keigo Akimoto, Jun Arima, Mustafa Babiker, Mark Caine, David Hobbs, Eija-Riitta Korhola, Adam Sieminski, Nico Stehr, Hiroyuki Tezuka, Masakazu Toyoda, Eric Williams

A viable, least-cost pathway to a low greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions future must lie within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Paris Agreement. The rulebook for the Agreement was in many ways rewritten at the 2018 United…

Keigo Akimoto Keigo Akimoto
Jun Arima Jun Arima
Mustafa Babiker Babiker, Mustafa
Mark Caine Mark Caine
David Hobbs Hobbs, David
Eija-Riitta Korhola Eija-Riitta Korhola
Adam Sieminski Adam Sieminski
Nico Stehr Nico Stehr
Hiroyuki Tezuka Hiroyuki Tezuka
Masakazu Toyoda Masakazu Toyoda
Eric Williams Williams, Eric
August 29, 2019
The Political Feasibility of Enhancing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Targets in the European Union’s Mid-Century Strategy
Climate Change Policies and Governance

The Political Feasibility of Enhancing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Targets in the European Union’s Mid-Century Strategy

AlJawhara Al Quayid, Saleh Al Muhanna, Paul Mollet

Article 4.19 of the 2015 Paris Agreement calls on signatories to formulate and communicate “long-term low greenhouse gas development strategies,” widely known as the mid-century strategy (MCS). Any enhancement of the European Union’s (EU’s) targets in its MCS depends on…

AlJawhara Al Quayid Al Quayid, AlJawhara
Saleh Al Muhanna Al Muhanna, Saleh
Paul Mollet Mollet, Paul
August 22, 2019
Policy Pathways to Meet Saudi Arabia’s Contribution to the Paris Agreement
Climate Change Policies and Governance

Policy Pathways to Meet Saudi Arabia’s Contribution to the Paris Agreement

David Wogan, Elizabeth Carey, Douglas Cooke

The 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change fundamentally altered the nature of global climate governance by introducing a new framework based on a bottom-up system of nationally determined contributions (NDCs). As a signatory Party to the Agreement, the Kingdom of…

David Wogan Wogan, David
Elizabeth Carey Carey, Elizabeth
Douglas Cooke Cooke, Douglas
February 27, 2019
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…

February 25, 2019
A Comparison of Alternative Programs for Climate Policies
Climate Change Policies and Governance

A Comparison of Alternative Programs for Climate Policies

Tarek Atalla, Simona Bigerna, Carlo Andrea Bollino

This research paper compares the relative welfare impact of different options for allocating the financing burden of climate change mitigation policies. Focusing on efficient ways to finance policies aimed at climate change mitigation, not only at direct carbon reduction, could…

Tarek Atalla Atalla, Tarek
Simona Bigerna Bigerna, Simona
Carlo Andrea Bollino Bollino, Carlo Andrea
December 30, 2018
India’s Balancing Act to Address Climate Change Under the Paris Agreement
Climate Change Policies and Governance Models, Data and Tools

India’s Balancing Act to Address Climate Change Under the Paris Agreement

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

As an emerging economy, a major part of India’s nationally determined contribution (NDC) under the Paris  Agreement is an emissions intensity target. With its current policies, India is on track to achieve its climate targets under the Agreement. However, the…

Yagyavalk Bhatt Bhatt, Yagyavalk
AlJawhara Al Quayid Al Quayid, AlJawhara
Nourah Al Hosain Al Hosain, Nourah
Paul Mollet Mollet, Paul
December 12, 2018
The Politics of European Union Climate Governance
Climate Change Policies and Governance

The Politics of European Union Climate Governance

Paul Mollet, Saleh Al Muhanna, AlJawhara Al Quayid

The European Union (EU) is facing a critical period as the European Commission draws up a 2050 climate strategy roadmap that is likely to form the basis for the EU’s next nationally determined contribution to the COP21 Paris Agreement. Until recently, the UK was the…

Paul Mollet Mollet, Paul
Saleh Al Muhanna Al Muhanna, Saleh
AlJawhara Al Quayid Al Quayid, AlJawhara
October 25, 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
July 2, 2018
Vehicle Retirement and Replacement Policy: Assessing Impact and Cost-Effectiveness
Future of Transport and Fuel Demand

Vehicle Retirement and Replacement Policy: Assessing Impact and Cost-Effectiveness

Rubal Dua

Governments across the world, motivated by air quality improvement or by climate change mitigation goals, are trying to accelerate the turnover of older, higher-emitting vehicles and replace these with lower emission vehicles. One approach is to encourage consumers to scrap…

Rubal Dua Dua, Rubal
May 24, 2018
Decarbonizing Oil: The Role of CO2-Enhanced Oil Recovery (CO2‐EOR)
Future of Global Oil Markets

Decarbonizing Oil: The Role of CO2-Enhanced Oil Recovery (CO2‐EOR)

The International Energy Agency (IEA) and KAPSARC co-hosted an expert workshop on the potential of advanced carbon dioxide (CO2 ) enhanced oil recovery (CO2 -EOR) to decarbonize oil production. The workshop focused on the potential for using CO2 -EOR for…

April 10, 2018
Policy Levers for Promoting Sustainable Mobility
Future of Transport and Fuel Demand

Policy Levers for Promoting Sustainable Mobility

An effective transport policy framework would take into account the costs of rising local pollution, congestion, accidents and global greenhouse gas emissions. The various supply- and demand- side transformations happening in personal mobility provide policymakers with opportunities and challenges for…

February 28, 2018