Environment and Energy
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has managed, over the past few decades, a sustained period of rapid economic growth, which has resulted in high per capita income, a strongly positive balance of trade and no public debt. This process, largely fueled by oil revenues, has been accompanied by high rates of population growth and increasing pressure on the country’s natural resources. The potentially adverse environmental impact of unregulated economic growth was clearly recognized in the Development Plans for the Kingdom.
One of the major targets of the basic environmental strategy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the conservation of biodiversity and the protection of wildlife in order to maintain ecological equilibrium, particularly with respect to rare, vulnerable and endangered animal and plant species. This key aspect of the national environmental policy has been further reinforced through the signing by Saudi Arabia of the international Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). more
Saudi Arabia hosts the world’s largest reserves of oil and has emerged as a global energy superpower. However, while past human development gains in Saudimore
Through comprehensive use of energy efficiency standards and labels, Saudi Arabia aims to reduce demand for energy consumption over the next 20 years. The Saudi Energy Efficiency Center (SEEC), the entity responsible for the development of energy efficiency and conservation policies targeting all sectors, has formulated energy efficiency labels for air conditioners that have been in enforcement since last September on imported and locally manufactured and beginning of 2014 on units available in showrooms and outlets in the Saudi market.more
Projects and Initiatives
This is the second phase of a capacity development programme for the King Abdul-Aziz City for Science and Technology aimed at supporting the recently established Saudi Energy Efficiency Centre to achieve the Kingdom’s increasingly important goals for energy conservation. more