Our approach to climate change is based on sustainable development. We will achieve this through economic diversification and adaptation measures, resulting in mitigation co-benefits.
“Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s top oil and gas producers, fueling economies around the world and helping people achieve a better standard of living. Our emphasis on R&D and innovation to make the production and use of our resources more sustainable, climate friendly and energy efficient.” – H.E. Khalid Al Falih
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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s National Statement
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H.E. Khalid Al-Falih leads the Kingdom’s delegation to the Leaders’ Summit at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP24)
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Saudi Arabia committed to ensure full operational implementation for Paris Climate Agreement at UN Climate Change Conference (COP 24)
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KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA
NATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY PROGRAM (NREP)
Saudi Arabia’s National Renewable Energy Program, designed to rapidly diversify the domestic power mix and in line with National Transportation Plan and Vision 2030
The Government Kingdom of Saudi Arabia looks forward to working with other governments to finalize fair and enabling rules for the full implementation of the Paris Agreement, in accordance with the decisions adopted in Paris (COP21), Marrakesh (COP 22 / CMA 1-1) and Bonn (COP 23 / CMA 1-2) at the Conference of Parties’ 24th session (COP 24 / CMA 1-3), from December 2 – 14, 2018 in Katowice, Poland.
In 2015, we were pleased that we were able to find and agree on critical principles that allowed us to bridge the gap between Developed and Developing Countries. Common but differentiated responsibilities, taking domestic realities and priorities into account, are critical to the success of the Paris Agreement. Equally critical to us is the principle of equity – the right of Developing Nations to realize their development aspirations.
Building on this framework of principles, we now have to ensure that the intent of the Paris Agreement is well translated into practical and effective implementation mechanisms and tools.
For Saudi Arabia, make no mistake about it, climate goals are directly related to the sustainable development of the country. In fact, we chose the path of economic diversification as adaptation to combine national advancement, using our capacities to achieve mitigation in the most effective way.
We are hopeful that COP24 will mark a new era in climate policy assuming all parties honor the spirit of the Paris Agreement, which allows countries to address climate change based on their individual capabilities, conditions and different stages of economic development.
For its part, the Kingdom remains committed to maintaining its national contributions by taking climate actions that will also enable sustainable development in line with Saudi Vision 2030, the national transformation plan, and with our responsibilities as a global energy producer and exporter.
One thing which I must reiterate is that the world still requires sizeable investments in all energy sources. We have a collective responsibility to ensure we do not embark on well intentioned, but poorly thought out measures that would reduce investments in proven energy sources, which play a pivotal role in fueling economies around the world and helping people achieve a better standard of living.
Thus, our Nationally Determined Contribution reflects our commitment to develop and commercially deploy low-emissions technologies. We are advancing Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage technologies with the potential to make legacy fuels zero-emission. We are collaborating with the automotive industry to develop the ultra-efficient engine-fuels systems of the future. And we are developing a renewable energy strategy and implementing ambitious projects to make Saudi Arabia a renewable energy powerhouse.
I look forward to great progress toward a more promising and greener future for all – this year in Katowice, and going forward.
His Excellency Khalid A. Al-Falih
Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia