Saudi Arabia aims to reduce emissions to ‘net zero’ by 2060, crown prince tells world’s top economic forum

Saudi Arabia hopes to achieve a net-zero emissions target by the year 2060, the nation’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, told a conference of the World Economic Forum (WEF), according to the WEF. “We…

Saudi Arabia aims to reduce emissions to 'net zero' by 2060, crown prince tells world's top economic forum

Saudi Arabia hopes to achieve a net-zero emissions target by the year 2060, the nation’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, told a conference of the World Economic Forum (WEF), according to the WEF.

“We also aim to meet our objectives through fuel diversification, deployment of solar and wind power, and clean fuels,” according to a statement from the WEF.

Mohammed, who is expected to stand for election as the country’s next king, gave a speech at the WEF in Davos, Switzerland, over the weekend that was heavy on climate change concerns. He stressed that humans must avoid using more fossil fuels to the point that the planet reaches a dangerous state.

The crown prince, who has sought to “diversify” the country’s economy away from oil, said in his speech at the WEF that more than 90 percent of the country’s energy is now coming from non-oil sources. The Crown Prince said by 2050, the strategy would see that trend remain steady.

The Crown Prince also said Saudi Arabia has been an early leader of the “green transformation,” leading the transformation of his nation by building some of the world’s largest solar projects and going half a century ahead of expectations in terms of installing renewable energy and renewable fuels.

“This is the collective commitment of all nations to create an integrated global platform that enhances and integrates environmental awareness and environmental sustainability,” the WEF statement read.

The event continues through Tuesday.

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