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Purchase of New EVs in Saudi Arabia Remains Low Yet Passenger Car Emissions Have Been Decreasing
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Purchase of New EVs in Saudi Arabia Remains Low Yet Passenger Car Emissions Have Been Decreasing

Saudi Arabia ranked first among the Gulf Cooperation Council countries in the number of vehicles sold in 2021 at about 556, 600 vehicles and the passenger cars per 1,000 people rose 1.59% to 156 vehicles in Saudi Arabia in 2019 and further increased to 241 cars per 1,000 people in August 2021.As the number of...

Climate Change in Saudi Arabia Will Produce Prolonged Dry Periods, Which Will Rapidly Deplete Groundwater Reserves and Increase Water Stress On Vulnerable Populations
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Climate Change in Saudi Arabia Will Produce Prolonged Dry Periods, Which Will Rapidly Deplete Groundwater Reserves and Increase Water Stress On Vulnerable Populations

Saudi Arabia, like other countries in the Middle East, is vulnerable to climate extremes. The country is oftentimes subject to heavy rainfall, and in certain areas, lacks the infrastructure to divert water, resulting in flash floods, especially in the mountainous southwestern region. On the other hand, climate scenarios also predict prolonged dry periods, which will...

Saudi Arabia Hosted PetroEnvironment Symposium in 2022
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Saudi Arabia Hosted PetroEnvironment Symposium in 2022

Description of the event In May 2022, Saudi Arabia hosted a 2-day symposium, PetroEnvironment 2022, that brought together environmental practitioners, policymakers, scientists, end-users, technicians, and engineers to discuss major current and emerging environmental opportunities for global sustainability. During the event, participants exchanged new ideas, approaches, research findings, and partnership initiatives to increase circularity and sustainability....

Saudi Arabia Plans to Use Capture, Process, and Storage Technologies to Reduce Methane Flareups in Natural Gas Production
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Saudi Arabia Plans to Use Capture, Process, and Storage Technologies to Reduce Methane Flareups in Natural Gas Production

Saudi Arabia has large natural gas reserves, totaling over 333 trillion cubic feet (tcf), putting it in sixth place only behind Russia, Iran, Qatar, the United States, and Turkmenistan. Saudi Arabia does not import or export natural gas for its energy needs, and therefore consumes all of the natural gas it produces. Saudi Arabia’s production...

Saudi Rebuffs Request from United States to Increase Oil Production
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Saudi Rebuffs Request from United States to Increase Oil Production

The effects of the Ukraine crisis on Saudi energy policy and practices are maintenance of the same oil production volumes in the near term and diversifying their sales markets in the long term. Saudi Arabia has so far rebuffed U.S. calls to increase production to compensate for the withdrawal of Russian oil for technical and...

Saudi Arabia: Climate Progress Report
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Saudi Arabia: Climate Progress Report

The names of the performance indicators we can use to regularly measure the progress Saudi Arabia is making to reduce its emissions are total CO2 emissions, total primary energy consumption and cost of fuel energy, total petroleum generation, and total renewable energy generation. The amount of total CO2 emissions describes emissions of carbon dioxide produced in...

Climate Justice in Saudi Arabia
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Climate Justice in Saudi Arabia

HIGHLIGHTS Workers that rely on the natural environment for their living are most vulnerable (e.g., farmers and fishermen) Low-income urban dwellers living in areas susceptible to respiratory-related diseases   NARRATIVE There are many groups in Saudi Arabia that are becoming increasingly vulnerable to climate change as a direct result of the increasing likelihood of extreme...

Saudi Arabia: The 2021 Climate Year in Review
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Saudi Arabia: The 2021 Climate Year in Review

HIGHLIGHTS Commercial Production of Blue Hydrogen Launch of Saudi Green Initiative Commitment to Net Zero Emissions by 2060 NARRATIVE Currently, blue hydrogen requires heavy use of carbon capture and sequestration technology and can only be transported in ammonia form. The Saudi giant state oil company Aramco has been investing in blue hydrogen as an energy...

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