Saudi Arabia Makes Significant Strides in Climate Action

In a significant step towards achieving its ambitious climate goals, Saudi Arabia has announced a remarkable 300% increase in its installed renewable energy capacity since the launch of the Saudi Green Initiative (SGI) in 2021.

This impressive surge highlights the Kingdom’s unwavering commitment to transitioning towards a cleaner and more sustainable energy future.

At the ongoing SGI Forum, held in conjunction with COP28, Saudi officials emphasized the nation’s steadfast progress towards reaching net zero by 2060.

They outlined over 80 public and private sector initiatives, representing an investment of over US$ 188 billion, aimed at accelerating the green transition and driving sustainable innovation.

Key achievements include:

  • Renewable Energy: Expanding renewable energy capacity to 2,800 MW (2.8 GW), generating enough power to supply over 520,000 homes. This remarkable growth marks a 300% increase since 2022.
  • Gas-fired Power Plants: Commissioning four high-efficiency gas-fired power plants with a total capacity of approximately 5,600 MW, reducing reliance on liquid fuels and lowering emissions.
  • Green Hydrogen: Advancing the development of an US$ 8.4 billion green hydrogen plant in NEOM, set to become the world’s largest.
  • Afforestation and Land Restoration: Planting 43.9 million trees and shrubs, rehabilitating 94,000 hectares of degraded land, and setting a target to grow 10 billion trees over the coming decades.
  • Protecting Land and Sea: Expanding protected land areas to over 21% and protected marine areas to more than 26% by 2030.
  • Rewilding: Rewilding 1,669 endangered animals, including Arabian oryx, Arabian and sand gazelles, and Nubian ibex, to restore natural ecosystems.

These accomplishments demonstrate Saudi Arabia’s unwavering commitment to environmental stewardship and its dedication to building a more sustainable future for its citizens and the world. The Kingdom’s leadership in climate action sets a powerful example for other nations seeking to reduce their carbon footprint and protect the planet.

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