Saudi Arabia to reach net zero carbon by 2060: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

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23rd Oct, 2021. 01:19 pm
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Saudi Arabia to reach net zero carbon by 2060: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Image: File

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said the kingdom is aiming to achieve net carbon neutrality by 2060, during a speech to the Saudi Green Initiative forum in Riyadh on Saturday, Arab News reported.

The Crown Prince said Saudi Arabia’s adoption of the Carbon Circular Economy, based on zero waste, will help reach the target.

The kingdom will also join the global methane pledge to contribute to cutting global methane emissions by 30 per cent by 2030, as part of its commitment to deliver a cleaner, greener future.

The Crown Prince said the kingdom will plant 450 million trees and rehabilitate eight million hectares of degraded lands by 2030, reducing 200 million tonnes of carbon emissions with the additional initiatives to be announced in the years to come.

To further amplify its protection of terrestrial, marine and coastal environments, the Crown Prince announced that Saudi Arabia is joining the Global Ocean Alliance, establishing the Ocean Exploration Foundation and announcing a number of initiatives, including a Global Center for Tourism Sustainability.

He said this first set of initiatives represents over 700 billion Saudi riyals, contributing to the growth of the green economy.

The Crown Prince said: “The Saudi Green Initiative will provide huge investment opportunities for the private sector, quality job opportunities for the next generation of leaders in the kingdom and enhanced international relationships that will have a positive impact on the region and the world.”