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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
Integrated Approaches to Decentralized Electricity Transitions
Electricity Sector Transitions

Integrated Approaches to Decentralized Electricity Transitions

Electricity sector reform is a key part of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s economic transformation agenda, as set out in the Saudi Vision 2030 goals, and of achieving its renewable energy targets. The electricity distribution sector in the Kingdom is expected…

February 20, 2019
Estimating the Household Consumption Function in Saudi Arabia
Evaluation of Public Investment Projects Energy and Economic Vulnerability

Estimating the Household Consumption Function in Saudi Arabia

Goblan Al Gahtani, Carlo Andrea Bollino, Simona Bigerna, Axel Pierru

This research is part of a joint project between the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) and the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC). This paper estimates a micro-based life cycle consumption model for Saudi Arabia over the period…

Goblan Al Gahtani Goblan Al Gahtani
Carlo Andrea Bollino Bollino, Carlo Andrea
Simona Bigerna Bigerna, Simona
Axel Pierru Pierru, Axel
February 5, 2019
Data Insight: Electricity Tariff Changes in Saudi Arabia
Models, Data and Tools Regional Energy Markets

Data Insight: Electricity Tariff Changes in Saudi Arabia

Abeer AlGhamdi

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s households account for around 50% of national power consumption, with more than 7 million residential customers in 2017. The majority of this power is used for air conditioning and cooling systems due to the climate…

Abeer AlGhamdi AlGhamdi, Abeer
January 30, 2019
Estimating the Multiple Benefits of Building Energy Efficiency in GCC Countries Using an Energy Productivity Framework
Productivity and Economic Diversification

Estimating the Multiple Benefits of Building Energy Efficiency in GCC Countries Using an Energy Productivity Framework

Kankana Dubey, Nicholas Howarth, Moncef Krarti

This report quantifies the direct and key indirect benefits of energy efficiency investment in buildings in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. It summarizes the key insights from individual country studies conducted as part of KAPSARC’s energy productivity project. This analysis indicates that…

Kankana Dubey Dubey, Kankana
Nicholas Howarth Howarth, Nicholas
Moncef Krarti Krarti, Moncef
January 14, 2019
KAPSARC Quarterly Issue 8
Climate Change Policies and Governance Future of Global Oil Markets Future of Natural Gas Markets Regional Energy Markets

KAPSARC Quarterly Issue 8

The research summaries in this issue are grouped into four themes: climate change; oil and gas; electricity; and Asia. Opening with an overview of KAPSARC’s most recent work on climate change, we also highlight our latest research on global oil…

December 31, 2018
The Policymaking Process to Restart Japanese Nuclear Power Plants
Models, Data and Tools Electricity Sector Transitions

The Policymaking Process to Restart Japanese Nuclear Power Plants

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

The Japanese government’s decision to continue restarting nuclear power is shaped by a combination of domestic political concerns, energy security challenges, and its ability to meet climate change commitments and targets. Nuclear power plants have started to come back online,…

Brian Efird Efird, Brian
Saleh Al Muhanna Al Muhanna, Saleh
Imtenan Al-Mubarak Al-Mubarak, Imtenan
Shahad Turkistani Turkistani, Shahad
Faisal Al-Ghamdi Al-Ghamdi, Faisal
December 31, 2018
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
International Oil and Gas Market Outlook
Future of Global Oil Markets Future of Natural Gas Markets

International Oil and Gas Market Outlook

The United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) and KAPSARC co-hosted an expert workshop on the international outlook for oil and gas, held in Washington, D.C. on September 18, 2018. The workshop focused on the global oil and gas supply and…

December 18, 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
China’s Policy Drivers of Future Energy Demand
Regional Energy Markets

China’s Policy Drivers of Future Energy Demand

The recent slowdown in China’s energy demand, primarily driven by decelerating economic growth and structural changes to its economy, has opened a window of opportunity for reforms aiming to establish a more sustainable energy sector and to increase the role…

December 10, 2018
Reorganizing Power Markets: A Reliability Insurance Business Model for Utilities
Electricity Sector Transitions

Reorganizing Power Markets: A Reliability Insurance Business Model for Utilities

Rolando Fuentes, Jorge Blazquez, Iqbal Adjali

A market in which individuals pursue their own self-interest normally maximizes aggregate economic well-being. But households that install Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) in order to obtain savings in their electricity bill, impose an external cost on other customers. At scale,…

Rolando Fuentes Fuentes, Rolando
Jorge Blazquez Blazquez, Jorge
Iqbal Adjali Adjali, Iqbal
November 26, 2018
OPEC Oil Production Data: The Role of Secondary Sources
Future of Global Oil Markets

OPEC Oil Production Data: The Role of Secondary Sources

Paul Mollet, Saleh Al Muhanna

OPEC oil production data is a key to understanding not just global energy balances but also the international oil market. Historically, most OPEC oil production figures are opaque as governments either consider them to be confidential and do not publish…

Paul Mollet Mollet, Paul
Saleh Al Muhanna Al Muhanna, Saleh
November 17, 2018
Data Insight: Crude Oil and Refined Products
Models, Data and Tools

Data Insight: Crude Oil and Refined Products

Abeer AlGhamdi

Saudi Arabia ranks as the world’s largest exporter of crude oil and petroleum products; the oil and gas sector accounts for about 70 percent of export earnings. Ras Tanura and Yanbu are the major oil-exporting ports in Saudi Arabia, accounting…

Abeer AlGhamdi AlGhamdi, Abeer
November 1, 2018
The Challenges Facing India on its Road to a Gas-Based Economy
Future of Natural Gas Markets

The Challenges Facing India on its Road to a Gas-Based Economy

Anne-Sophie Corbeau, Shahid Hasan, Swati Dsouza

Indian policymakers have stressed the role and relevance of natural gas in India’s overall energy mix in the 21st century but expectations of its share have been scaled back. For example, the Hydrocarbon Vision 2025, released in 1999, projected the share of…

Anne-Sophie Corbeau Corbeau, Anne-Sophie
Shahid Hasan Hasan, Shahid
Swati Dsouza Dsouza, Swati
October 29, 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
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
October 17, 2018