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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN, Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Wasel, on Monday stressed the importance of “adopting sustainable and cost-effective methods to achieve ambitious climate goals.”

Al-Wasel’s comments came during a speech at the ambassadorial meeting of the Group of 77 + China at the UN headquarters in New York, titled “Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage: Technology to Ensure a Fair Path for energy”.

“The Kingdom believes that it is essential to activate technology to address important environmental concerns such as climate change, biodiversity loss, security and access to energy for all, and the protection of the environment,” he said.

The world’s major challenges require unprecedented levels of open, inclusive and coherent cooperation to ensure sustainable economic growth, address environmental concerns and ensure security and access to energy, he added.

In addition, he emphasized the Kingdom’s commitment to international action and collaboration to address climate change.

In light of the Saudi Green and Middle East Green initiatives, the Kingdom has launched programs in the areas of environmental protection and energy transformation to contribute to a sustainable future, he explained.

“The Kingdom has proposed the circular carbon economy framework, adopted by the G20 during the Kingdom’s chairmanship of the group, which is an integrated framework to address the challenges of greenhouse gas emissions and represents a sustainable way of manage emissions through strategies such as [reduction, reuse, recycling and removal],” he said.

By implementing the concept of a circular carbon economy, he explained, the Kingdom aims to achieve sustainable economic growth while promoting integrated solutions to climate change.

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During his speech at the Saudi Green Initiative Forum in Riyadh in October 2021, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said that the Kingdom aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060.

The crown prince added that Saudi Arabia also aims to reduce its carbon emissions by 278 million tons per year by 2030 and that the adoption of the circular carbon economy, based on zero waste, will help achieve the goal.

Dr. Sattam Al-Mojil, Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering at King Saud University, confirmed that adopting an international approach to managing harmful emissions, agreed upon by industrialized countries, will help tackle climate change and achieve resource sustainability. and energy.

Al-Mojil, who is also head of the technical team for green buildings and sustainability at the Saudi Arabian Organization for Standards, Metrology and Quality, told Arab News: “These ambitious goals can be achieved by adopting local and international initiatives, such as trees, planting and the use of advanced technologies that reduce the gases emitted or convert them into less harmful gases.

“We believe that current and future measures to reduce emissions will have a positive impact on protecting the Earth.”