Abstract

In June 2021, the energy data provider Enerdata released its initial estimates for Saudi Arabia’s 2020 carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The data indicate that the Kingdom’s CO2 emissions from fuel combustion decreased by 3.3%, from 508.3 million tonnes of CO2 (MtCO2) in 2019 to 491.8 megatonnes of CO2 (MtCO2) in 2020.

 

Authors

Thamir Alshehri

Senior Research Associate Thamir is a senior research associate in the Energy Transitions and Electric Power program, currently focused on creating data-driven tools to… Thamir is a senior research associate in the Energy Transitions and Electric Power program, currently focused on creating data-driven tools to identify and evaluate different energy market scenarios, as well as using “big data” technologies to better understand the impact of behavior and the environment on energy consumption. Thamer is interested in using technologies to facilitate better energy public policy and energy economical systems. He previously worked as a lecturer in Australia and also has entrepreneurial and industrial experience working on award-winning projects such as the Burj Khalifah Building Management System.

Expertise

  • Demand side management
  • Energy efficiency
  • Energy monitoring
  • Consumer behavior
  • Smart meters
  • Intelligent systems
  • Energy management systems
  • Big data
  • Smart grid
  • Agent-based modeling and machine learning

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Jan Frederik Braun

Research Fellow Before joining KAPSARC as a research fellow, Jan worked as a strategic energy analyst at The Hague Centre for Strategic… Before joining KAPSARC as a research fellow, Jan worked as a strategic energy analyst at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies. Jan has also held various positions in climate and energy policy in the Dutch and German environment ministries, the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels, and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to Germany, Bonn office  Jan has worked on topics such as energy research and development financing, renewable energy and climate change governance and the geopolitics of energy transition.  Jan holds an MA in International Relations from Durham University as well as a Ph.D. in Political Science & Economics (magna cum laude) from Osnabrück University. Jan obtained his Ph.D. in the Marie Skłodowska Curie Research Fellowship Program of the European Union.

Expertise

  • Energy Economics and Geopolitics
  • Climate Change Governance
  • Sustainable Development
  • Renewable Energy Technologies and Policy.

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Anwar Gasim

Research Fellow Anwar is an energy and environmental economist with a strong engineering background. He leads a cross-functional team on the project… Anwar is an energy and environmental economist with a strong engineering background. He leads a cross-functional team on the project titled “Modeling Energy Demand, Emissions, and the Impacts of Energy Price Reform.” This project includes studies on elasticities, emissions forecasting, the economic and environmental impacts of reforms, and understanding what leads to successful energy policy outcomes. He is also involved in multiple studies on carbon markets. Anwar’s research has been published in leading journals and has been picked up by numerous media publications, such as the Saudi Gazette and Arab News. His work has supported key advisory engagements with the Saudi energy sector. Anwar is currently wrapping up a Ph.D. from UCL in Sustainable Resources (with a sub-specialization in Economics). He holds an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from KAUST and a B.Eng. in the same field from the University of Liverpool.

Expertise

  • Energy Demand
  • GHG Emissions
  • Energy Pricing
  • Energy Subsidies
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Carbon Pricing and Carbon Markets

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Mari Luomi

Research Fellow Mari is a policy-oriented social scientist who has been studying climate change, energy transitions and sustainable development policy in the… Mari is a policy-oriented social scientist who has been studying climate change, energy transitions and sustainable development policy in the Gulf and globally for 15 years. At KAPSARC, she leads the projects on carbon markets and Paris Agreement Article 6, and the Circular Carbon Economy Index. She has worked for other leading energy, sustainable development and foreign policy research institutions, including the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (Earth Negotiations Bulletin), Georgetown University, the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, and the Emirates Diplomatic Academy. Mari holds a master’s degree in political science and international politics from the University of Helsinki and a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern studies from Durham University. In addition to a broad research publications portfolio, she has substantial experience in executive training, presentations, policy advisory, and reporting services for multilateral environmental negotiations.

Expertise

  • Climate Change Policy and Governance
  • Energy Transitions
  • Sustainable Energy Policy
  • Circular Carbon Economy
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Sustainable Development
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Economic Diversification and Gulf Cooperation Council Countries

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