With a 300% increase in installed renewables capacity in the last year

Saudi Arabia accelerates progress on clean energy

PHOTO/AFP/GUISEPPE CACACE – Varios delegados hacen cola para entrar en el recinto de Expo City durante las conversaciones sobre el clima de las Naciones Unidas COP28 en Dubái el 4 de diciembre de 2023
photo_camera PHOTO/AFP/GUISEPPE CACACE - Delegates queue to enter the Expo City venue during the United Nations COP28 climate talks in Dubai on December 4, 2023

Saudi Arabia has connected 2,100 MW of renewable energy to the grid this year, bringing the total capacity of installed renewable energy to 2,800 MW (2.8 GW) 鈥 up 300% from 700MW last year 鈥 generating energy equivalent to powering over 520,000 homes.

During the third edition of the Saudi Green Initiative (SGI) Forum today at COP28 in United Arab Emirates, Saudi officials and CEOs took to the stage to discuss accelerating clean energy investments to achieve energy security, affordability, and climate action.

Amin Nasser, CEO of Saudi Aramco, emphasized the need to keep energy markets in balance while staying on the net-zero pathway. 鈥淓ven with all the renewables coming to the market, it is still not enough to handle the additional demand we are seeing,鈥 said Nasser. 鈥淲hat we need is affordable, sustainable, and secure energy. We need to take care of the whole world,鈥 he added.

PHOTO/REUTERS/MAXIM SHEMTOV - Instalaci贸n de Aramco en Abqaiq, Arabia Saud铆
PHOTO/REUTERS/MAXIM SHEMTOV - Aramco's Abqaiq facility, Saudi Arabia

Patrick Pouyann茅, CEO of TotalEnergies, highlighted the need to scale-up renewable electricity. 鈥淭his is where we need to focus. Even when we speak about green hydrogen, you need electricity; e-fuels, you need electricity. The whole transition is a matter of electricity. We can鈥檛 go everywhere at the same time, but fundamentally my view is that renewable electricity is much more than needed.鈥

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