The Saudi Crown Prince, Prince Muhammad bin Salman Al Saud, announced today the launch of the “Saudi Arabia Green Initiative” and the “Green Middle East Initiative”, which draw the Kingdom and the region’s direction in protecting the land and nature and contribute to achieving global goals.
The Saudi Crown Prince said: “As a leading global producer of oil, we are fully aware of our share of the responsibility in advancing the fight against the climate crisis, and that, as represented by our pioneering role in stabilizing energy markets during the oil and gas era, we will work to lead the next green era.”
He added that the Kingdom and the region are facing many environmental challenges, such as desertification, which poses an economic threat to the region (as it is estimated that $ 13 billion drains from sandstorms in the region every year), and that air pollution from greenhouse gases is estimated to have reduced the average life span of citizens. An average of one and a half years, and through the Saudi Green Initiative, we will work to raise vegetation cover, reduce carbon emissions, combat pollution and land degradation, and preserve marine life.
The Saudi Crown Prince indicated that it will include a number of ambitious initiatives, the most prominent of which is planting 10 billion trees within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the coming decades, equivalent to rehabilitating about 40 million hectares of degraded land, which means an increase in the area covered by the current trees to 12 times, representing The Kingdom’s contribution of more than 4% to achieving the goals of the global initiative to reduce the degradation of lands and fungal habitats, and 1% of the global target to plant a trillion trees.
It will also work to raise the percentage of protected areas to more than 30% of its land area, which is estimated at 600,000 square kilometers, to exceed the current global target of protecting 17% of the lands of each country, in addition to a number of initiatives to protect the marine and coastal environment.
He added: “The Saudi Green Initiative will also reduce carbon emissions by more than 4% of global contributions, through renewable energy projects that will provide 50% of electricity production in the Kingdom by 2030, and projects in the field of clean hydrocarbon technologies that will eliminate more than 130 million tons of carbon emissions, in addition to raising the rate of waste diversion from landfills to 94%.
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