Saudi Arabia committed to tackling climate change, says Crown Prince

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman at a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan June 29, 2019. (Reuters/Handout)
Updated 01 July 2019

Saudi Arabia committed to tackling climate change, says Crown Prince

  • Prince Mohammed said that the Kingdom is working to develop a comprehensive and integrated energy-saving system
  • Added availability of and accessibility to energy is a priority for the Kingdom

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is committed to “reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the negative effects of climate change,” Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said at the G20 summit that ended on Saturday in Osaka, Japan.
Prince Mohammed said that the Kingdom is working to develop a comprehensive and integrated energy-saving system through energy efficiency programs.
He also said that the Kingdom has recently launched several projects aimed at increasing the production of renewable energy, and that integrating and exploiting all energy sources is a necessity.
The crown prince continued by saying that due to Saudi Arabia’s pivotal role in the world economy, the availability of and accessibility to energy is a priority for the Kingdom.
He added that due to more than a billion people not having a permanent source of energy around the world, the Kingdom stresses the need for cooperation on this issue and the support of less developed countries. He cited the 2008 Energy for the Poor Initiative as an example of this.
Prince Mohammed added that the Kingdom emphasizes the importance of the security and safety of energy supplies to ensure that the basic needs of the global economy are met.


Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco facilities act of terror: Japanese defense minister

Updated 16 September 2019

Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco facilities act of terror: Japanese defense minister

TOKYO: Taro Kono, the defense minister of Japan, said that threats to his country’s oil supply was the “most worrying scenario” he could imagine in international relations, in the wake of attacks on Saudi Arabian oil production facilities. 

“The most pessimistic scenario right now is that something happens in the Straits of Hormuz and the oil supply gets cut down, and that would send a shock wave through the global economy. I think the price of oil is already rising after this attack on Saudi facilities, so that’s the most worrying scenario right now,” he told a conference in Tokyo, Japan.

However, speaking on the sidelines to Arab News, he insisted that Saudi Arabia would remain a reliable partner of Japan - which imports around 40 per cent of its crude from the Kingdom - and downplayed concerns about long-term supply problems.

“Saudi has been and will be an important source of our energy supply. We have international co-ordination, and we have reserves, so we are not really worried about that,” he said. 

Kono, who was until recently Japan’s foreign minister, said that his country would be seeking to promote diplomatic solutions to the latest Middle East conflagration. "We definitely need to ease the tension between those countries. As Foreign Minister, the last thing I was doing was calling the Iranian Foreign Minister and the French Foreign Minister to ease the tension the region through diplomatic actions, and I think it's important to continue doing it.

“This Houthi attack on Saudi is a little different, because it's a terrorist attack. I think we may require some kind of military operation against those drone attacks, and that's something out of Japan's constitutional boundary. I think Japan will be focusing on diplomatic efforts in easing tension in the region.”

He raised concerns about the apparent lack of sophistication in the recent attacks. “If it is really drones, that is a lot cheaper than any form of conventional missile,” he said.