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KSA Unveil Roadmap for New Era of Climate Action at Saudi Green Initiative Forum




At the Saudi Green Initiative (SGI) Forum on October 23rd The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, under the leadership of HRH The Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, unveiled its roadmap to scale Saudi Arabia’s renewable energy capacity, reduce emissions, and invest in pioneering new green technologies. The forum was hosted in Riyadh and brought together policymakers, scientists and business leaders to launch a new era of climate action.


The SGI will facilitate the collaboration of government ministries, private sector entities and foreign governments to work on new and existing climate initiatives.


The opening speech given by HRH The Crown Prince announced new environmental objectives, including the goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2060. This will be achieved through the Circular Carbon Economy, which includes the reduction of gas flaring, the recycling of CO2 by chemical transformation, the conservation of water, and the capture and reinjection of CO2.


Additional pledges include the elimination of 278 million metric tons of carbon emissions per year by 2030, the rehabilitation of 8 million hectares of degraded land, and the planting of 10 billion trees across the Kingdom.


On maritime matters, the Kingdom will join the Global Ocean Alliance with the aim of protecting at least 30% of global oceans in Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Further to this, the Red Sea Project, under the patronage of HRH The Crown Prince, will see Saudi Arabia become a leader in sustainable tourism. The Red Sea Project is a totally carbon neutral resort, with no waste-to-landfill and no single use plastic. Marine spatial planning and turtle tagging projects will also be undertaken.

Since Saudi Arabia launched its Vision 2030 in 2016, The Kingdom has taken considerable steps to scale its involvement and leadership in climate action and environmental protection. The Saudi Green Initiative is a fundamental part of that vision and will be vital in The Kingdom’s efforts to increase clean energy, offset the impact of fossil fuels and combat climate change.


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