Saudi Arabia develops 13 new renewable energy projects to achieve carbon neutrality
A long row of solar collectors soak up the midday sun at the solar power generation system in the high desert near the Four Corners junction of the Barstow-Bakersfield Freeway and Highway 395 in California.
The Saudi kingdom is currently developing thirteen new renewable energy projects, with the goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2060.
The thirteen Saudi-funded projects have an estimated capacity of 11.3 gigawatts. They aim to reduce the country’s annual carbon emissions by around 20 million tonnes.
The project seems to be on the right track, as in the last year alone Saudi Arabia managed to reduce its emissions by around one million tonnes of carbon.
These initiatives are part of the country’s commitment to produce 50% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030.
Become carbon neutral
In its drive to achieve carbon neutrality, the Saudi government has partnered with Aramco to create a carbon capture and storage center.
The new facility will be located on the east coast of Saudi Arabia in Jubail and will be able to safely store up to 9 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year by 2027. The storage facility will benefit Aramco, which plans to store around six million tonnes. of its own CO2 emissions in the capture and storage unit, but also of other companies since three million tonnes can be hosted by other companies.