Saudi Arabia wants a ‘green future’, but they forgot one thing

Saudi Arabia produces 10.84 million barrels of oil per day, accounting for 11 percent of the world’s total exports.

So it was a bit of a surprise at last week’s United Nations climate conference, COP27, in Sharm el-Egypt, when the Saudi government announced a plan for “a greener future and better quality of life.” , but did not mention the reduction of oil. production.

The ambitious plan calls for forestry and biodiversity, emission reductions, investments in alternative energy, the establishment of new protected areas and plans for a new carbon capture and storage facility.

But some climate experts were not impressed.

“Saudi Arabia would be in a better position to focus on reducing emissions rather than relying on carbon capture and storage and questionable reductions in tree planting, the offsets of which would simply allow them to continue increasing emissions from burning fuels. fossils,” said Mia Moisio, an energy policy expert at the think tank New Climate Institute.

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