Saudi Arabia to reach net-zero emission by 2060

15:22, 23 October 2021
Saudi Arabia to reach net-zero emission by 2060 Photo: Vladimir Melnikov/Russian Look/Global Look Press

The Saudi Arabia Crown Prince and the Head of the Higher Committee for the Saudi Green Initiative (SGI) Mohammed bin Salman said on Saturday that the Kingdom is planning to reach net-zero emission by 2060.

Bin Salman reported at the environmental conference that Saudi Arabia will cut carbon emissions by 279 million tons per year within the framework of the Saudi Green Initiative. The Crown Prince added that the government will allocate more than 700 billion riyals ($186,6 billion) for the initiative.  

Saudi Arabia also announced that the country will join the Global Methane Pledge to cut methane emissions by 30% by 2030.

Earlier, the Environmental Agency warned of massive climate change in their report due to global warming. According to the report, the high level of carbon emission could trigger global warming and lead to regular devastating floods, droughts, and wildfires.

On September 23 the World Health Organisation (WHO) launched its new air quality guidelines. WHO reduced the level of maximum allowable pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide. The PM2.5 measure has been halved which means that particulate matter in the air has to be smaller than 2.5 micrometers – or less than one-thirtieth the width of a human hair.

Annually 7 million people die of air polluted diseases including coronary heart disease and stroke. The polluted air badly impacts children’s health. The children might suffer from respiratory infections, exacerbation of asthma, diabetes, and neurodegenerative diseases.