Saudi presidency drives ‘ambitious approach to CCE’

Saudi presidency  drives ‘ambitious  approach to CCE’
Media watches Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz's virtual speech live at the media centre during an opening session of the 15th annual G20 Leaders' Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia November 21, 2020. (REUTERS)
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Updated 23 November 2020

Saudi presidency drives ‘ambitious approach to CCE’

Saudi presidency  drives ‘ambitious  approach to CCE’
  • Leaders express their support at Safeguarding the Planet event

RIYADH: The Saudi G20 presidency is driving an ambitious approach to circular carbon economy (CCE), to manage greenhouse emissions across the world and industries to protect the planet, King Salman said.
He was addressing Safeguarding the Planet, a side event on the second day of the leaders’ summit.
“As we recover from the repercussions of the pandemic, we must create the conditions conducive of robust, inclusive, balanced, and sustainable economies by means of enabling people, safeguarding the planet, and shaping new frontiers to seize the opportunities of the 21st century for all,” the Saudi leader said.
“With the increase in emissions due to economic and population growth, we must pioneer sustainable, pragmatic and cost-effective approaches for achieving ambitious climate goals.
“In this spirit, the Saudi presidency has promoted the circular carbon economy (CCE), which allows the holistic management of emissions to mitigate the challenges of climate impact and advance cleaner and more sustainable energy systems, as well as advancing stable and secure energy markets and energy access,” he told the participants.
Through this initiative, said King Salman, the world’s countries will be able to adopt and promote technologies that match their transition paths through the 4Rs of CCE (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Remove).

With the increase in emissions due to economic and population growth, we must pioneer sustainable, pragmatic and cost-effective approaches for achieving ambitious climate goals.

King Salman

“Together, the ‘4Rs’ comprise a holistic, integrated, and pragmatic approach that values all options to managing emissions in all sectors.”
He said that Saudi Arabia will formally launch a dedicated CCE National Program that will consolidate and accelerate the current momentum toward sustainability in a holistic manner.
In terms of renewables, Saudi Arabia has “great plans” that include wind and solar which will generate 50 percent of the Kingdom’s electricity by 2030.
World leaders participating in the event included the Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte; Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi; Chinese President Xi Jinping, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga; Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and US President Donald Trump.
“The existential threat posed by climate change, land degradation and the decline of global biodiversity has already brought us to a crossroads, one that will determine whether we are able to safeguard our planet and build a sustainable future,” said Italian leader Giuseppe Conte. “I am convinced the G20 can lead the world in the right direction.”
The Japanese prime minister said that global environmental issues are urgent challenges that the international community should address. “We, the G20 leaders, need to take the lead and work together as a team … for this great mission of ‘Safeguarding the Planet,’ Japan will take the initiative while continuing further collaboration with other countries.”


Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking

Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking
Education Minister Hamad Al-Sheikh. (SPA)
Updated 25 January 2021

Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking

Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking
  • Saudi Arabia continues to be ranked first in the Arab World and 12th among the G20 member states

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has been ranked 14th internationally for its COVID-19 university research, rising from its previous 17th ranking, according to the database of the Web of Science.

The Kingdom continues to be ranked first in the Arab World and 12th among the G20 member states.

Education Minister Hamad Al-Sheikh thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their support for education, for attaching great importance to research and innovation, and for supporting scientists and researchers in Saudi universities to become globally competitive.

He said that this achievement was a continuation of the efforts of the Kingdom in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. This reflected the Kingdom’s capabilities when it came to managing crises.

Al-Sheikh said that Saudi universities had published 84 percent of the Kingdom’s COVID-19 research, and that the Kingdom had published 915 scientific papers by local scientists since the outbreak of the pandemic.

He thanked Saudi universities that contributed to publishing the research papers as well as the faculty members and researchers who were serving their community.

Al-Sheikh said that this achievement reflected the Ministry of Education’s keenness to organize events that enhanced the participation of Saudi universities, research centers, researchers and academics in supporting scientific research during the pandemic.

This was in addition to coordinating the efforts of universities through specialized workshops to improve the efficiency of research and its contribution to fighting COVID-19, discussing ways to prevent and treat the disease, and investing in the research capabilities of the staff of universities and research centers by finding scientific solutions that contributed to addressing the pandemic.