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GHG and Methane Emissions in Saudi Arabia

Several initiatives are ongoing in Saudi Arabia to significantly reduce GHG emissions, including the Saudi Green Initiative and, less known but equally important, the recent adherence in 2021 by the Kingdom to the Global Methane Pledge. Participants joining the Pledge agree to take voluntary actions to contribute to a collective effort to reduce global methane emissions by at least 30 percent from 2020 levels by 2030, which could eliminate over 0.2˚C warming by 2050.

Methane is one of the main contributors to global warming, with an estimate that methane could account for up to 25% of global GHG emissions. Unfortunately, for many years, methane emissions in Saudi Arabia have been growing, coupled with the expansion of hydrocarbon production.

Gas flaring and involuntary natural gas releases into the atmosphere have been drastically reduced in Saudi Arabia, led by several initiatives undertaken by Saudi Aramco.

Now is the time to invest in divesting from fossil fuels and increasing the efficiency of the technologies targeting the capture of methane already released into the atmosphere.


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