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Saudi Arabia Experienced Unusually Heavy Rainfall Events in 2021
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Saudi Arabia Experienced Unusually Heavy Rainfall Events in 2021

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard Saudi Arabia Country Managers Abeer Abdulkareem and Amgad Ellaboudy   Saudi Arabia has experienced three heavy rainfall events, with one being particularly deadly during 2021. On February 6 of this year, heavy rains fell on Tabuk Province in northwest Saudi Arabia causing street flooding; several people were trapped...

Saudi Arabia Sees Nuclear Energy In Its Future
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Saudi Arabia Sees Nuclear Energy In Its Future

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard Saudi Arabia Country Managers Abeer Abdulkareem and Amgad EllaboudySaudi Arabia’s nuclear energy use Saudi Arabia currently does not rely on nuclear power at all for its energy use. Although it has been planning to implement nuclear energy for a few decades now, it fulfills its energy needs mainly...

Continued Dependence on Fossil Fuels in Saudi Arabia and the Lack of a Feasible Plan to Increase Renewable Energy
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Continued Dependence on Fossil Fuels in Saudi Arabia and the Lack of a Feasible Plan to Increase Renewable Energy

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard Saudi Arabia Country Managers Abeer Abdulkareem and Amgad Ellaboudy   The biggest challenge for implementing the policy of increased Renewable Energy Capacity Program include continued dependence on fossil fuels energy sources and the small share of renewable energy in the nation’s total energy consumption. The majority of Saudi...

Saudi Arabia’s CO2 Emissions Have Increased Over 3x Since 1990
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Saudi Arabia’s CO2 Emissions Have Increased Over 3x Since 1990

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard Saudi Arabia Country Managers Abeer Abdulkareem and Amgad EllaboudySaudi Arabia’s most current carbon dioxide emission number sits at 582.1 million tons per year, as of 2019. This is more than a threefold increase from its baseline emissions in 1990 of 185.5 million tons per year. Saudi’s share of...

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology: A Model Sustainable Mini-City
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King Abdullah University of Science and Technology: A Model Sustainable Mini-City

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard Saudi Arabia Country Managers Abeer Abdulkareem and Amgad Ellaboudy   King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is a model of a mini-city that has climate-conscious plans and programs and has earned a Platinum rating on the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) scale. KAUST is...

Sakaka Solar Plant and Dumat al-Jandal Wind Farm in Saudi Arabia
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Sakaka Solar Plant and Dumat al-Jandal Wind Farm in Saudi Arabia

By Climate Scorecard Saudi Arabia Country Managers Abeer Abdulkareem and Amgad Ellaboudy   Most of the renewable energy projects in Saudi Arabia are either at the tender-bidding, construction and installation, or production trial phases. Therefore, it is too early to elicit the best practices in the production or distribution of renewable energy projects in the...

Climate Policy Recommendation: Strengthen Saudi Arabia’s Renewable Energy Program
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Climate Policy Recommendation: Strengthen Saudi Arabia’s Renewable Energy Program

Policy Recommendation: Strengthen Saudi Arabia’s Renewable Energy Program The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia can achieve a noticeable reduction in its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions if it fully implemented the Saudi Arabia National Renewable Energy Program. Initially, Saudi Vision 2030’s target was to achieve 9.5 GW of renewable energy generation by 2030. This goal has been...

Saudi Arabia’s National Grid Still Largely Fueled by Carbon-Intense Energy Sources
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Saudi Arabia’s National Grid Still Largely Fueled by Carbon-Intense Energy Sources

Saudi Arabia’s electricity is primarily composed of fossil fuel sources—particularly natural gas and crude oil—with a small but increasing amount from solar energy. For its electricity, the Kingdom sources 218,470 Gigawatt hours (GWh) (or 60%) from natural gas, 159,528 GWh (or 40%) from crude oil, and 155 GWh (or < 1%) from solar energy. In...

Saudi Arabia Greenhouse Gas Emissions Have Increased by 225% Since 1990
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Saudi Arabia Greenhouse Gas Emissions Have Increased by 225% Since 1990

Recently Reported Greenhouse Gas Emissions Levels: 491.66 Metric Tons in 2018, an Increase of 225.37% and Increase from 1990 Levels (Source: IEA) The latest greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions figures indicate that in 2018 Saudi Arabia produced 491.66 million Metric Tons of CO2 equivalent (MtCO2e), this figure is primarily driven by due oil and gas production....

Saudi Arabia: Hotter Summers, Fossil Fuel Bailouts, and the Production of Blue Ammonia
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Saudi Arabia: Hotter Summers, Fossil Fuel Bailouts, and the Production of Blue Ammonia

September 2020 It’s a race against heat, and humanity is losing Saudi Arabia has increased their air pollution amidst heat waves after their power plants burned more crude oil for air conditioners. In July 2019, the capital city of Riyadh registered its poorest air quality for the year as the average high temperature reached 43 Celsius. With...

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