At a time when some leaders of influential countries in the oil and gas industry withdrew from the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, United Kingdom, due to the randomness, confusion and lack of clarity of the mechanisms for dealing with the zero-neutral file by 2050, the Kingdom is committed to the conference, and by virtue of its experience and expertise, Saudi Arabia presents conscious proposals and effective solutions with visions Insightful to take the climate change dossier to safety.
His Highness, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, announced – at the opening of the Green Saudi Initiative Forum – the Kingdom’s intention to effectively contribute to the preservation, development and care of the environment, and through many value-added initiatives, so that zero neutrality can be reached by 2060 with a roadmap A reality that everyone can consider and embrace.
In contrast to the road map towards zero neutrality drawn up by the International Energy Agency and adopted by some leaders of industrialized countries without any realism and by placing obstacles in front of all fossil energy sources, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has moved in the field of climate change and reducing emissions with a diversified model of energy sources from oil, gas, wind and energy Solar, as well as hydrogen soon, as no other country has such diversity in energy sources as the Kingdom.
At a time when climate change theorists and fossil fuel demagogues raised issues of environmental pollution and tackled global warming with unrealistic studies to reduce emissions by launching mere worthless slogans, the Kingdom presented real initiatives whose impact began to appear in many regions of the Kingdom and even before the launch of an initiative Green Saudi Arabia, through a circular carbon economy, with a commitment to adapting to future local, regional and global energy needs.
From the Kingdom, a more serious stage begins in working with the international community to protect the planet and confront climate change. This culminated in the Green Middle East Summit, and the first work in combating climate change was to contribute to purifying the world’s lung, which no one presented effective solutions to purify, while the Green Saudi Forum came In its first version with a package of realistic targets:
Afforestation initiatives by planting more than 450 million trees.
Rehabilitation of 8 million hectares of degraded land.
An energy initiative that will reduce carbon emissions by 278 million tons per year by 2030.
Raising the percentage of protected areas to 30% of the total area of the Kingdom.
Targeting the Kingdom to reach carbon neutrality in 2060.
The outcomes of the Green Saudi Initiative made it clear to the world that it has the ability to reach the goal of carbon neutrality in light of the integration of the interim energy sources, which the President of the upcoming COP26 climate conference described as a prominent announcement.
The Kingdom has always been known for its honorable stances and realistic solutions that take into account the interests of all. Initiatives developing technologies to achieve zero neutrality by 2060 – the initiative launched by the Crown Prince – to protect the climate and the environment, which must be taken seriously at the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26.
Saudi Aramco also announced its intention to achieve zero carbon neutrality in its operations by 2050, as part of solutions through carbon recycling and not by stopping upstream investments in oil and gas due to the continuing need for them.
It is not new to see Saudi wisdom leading the world with good example and effective solutions. As we saw Saudi wisdom reflected in efforts to balance oil markets and stabilize the global economy, we also saw it leading the world with a realistic roadmap for a sustainable circular carbon economy. Thus, I closed the way for all those who put obstacles, because we will not sit around waiting for solutions, but rather are pioneers in creating solutions.
* Quoted from “Mal” newspaper.
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