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A recent study by the International Energy Forum (IEF) underscores Saudi Arabia’s potential to emerge as a global leader in carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) technology. The report highlights the Kingdom’s pivotal role in advancing CCUS solutions and fostering a smooth energy transition within the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Advancements in CCUS Technology

The IEF’s report emphasizes Saudi Arabia’s proactive measures in promoting CCUS technology, including the establishment of the Voluntary Carbon Market (VCM). This initiative, spearheaded by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) and the Kingdom’s stock exchange, aims to incentivize emission reduction activities and facilitate the nation’s journey towards achieving net-zero emissions by 2060.

World’s Largest Carbon Capture Hub

Saudi Arabia’s ambitious plans include the development of the world’s largest carbon capture hub in Jubail, scheduled to open by 2027. A joint initiative of Saudi Aramco and the Ministry of Energy, this project is poised to have a significant storage capacity, further solidifying the Kingdom’s position as a global leader in CCUS technology.

Greenhouse Gas Crediting and Offsetting Mechanism

Additionally, Saudi Arabia has launched the Greenhouse Gas Crediting and Offsetting Mechanism to incentivize entities to actively engage in emission reduction and removal activities. This initiative underscores the Kingdom’s commitment to environmental sustainability and aligns with international climate goals.

Recommendations for Regional Growth

The IEF’s report offers several recommendations to strengthen CCUS deployment in the MENA region. These include the development of a comprehensive regulatory framework, robust financial incentives, and public awareness campaigns. Moreover, enhancing research and development efforts in CCUS technologies is crucial for driving innovation and adaptation to the region’s unique industrial landscape.

Conclusion

As Saudi Arabia continues to make strides in CCUS technology, collaboration within the MENA region is essential to realize its full potential. With the right policy frameworks, financial incentives, and public engagement initiatives, the region can play a significant role in achieving global climate objectives while fostering economic growth and environmental stewardship.

Wasim Qadri
Wasim Qadrihttp://wasimqadriblog.wordpress.com/
Islamabad based Senior Journalist, TV Show Host, Media Trainer, can be follow on twitter @jaranwaliya

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