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Abstract

In this commentary, we examine the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the various lockdown measures on domestic oil product demand in Saudi Arabia during the first and second quarters of 2020. We explore the pandemic’s effects on six key categories of secondary oil products, as defined by the Joint Organisations Data Initiative (JODI) (2020):

  • liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)
  • gasoline
  • kerosene
  • diesel
  • fuel oil
  • other oil products

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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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