Saudi Arabia: Crown Prince launches plan to cut carbon emissions

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Saudi Arabia recently launched a $200bn sovereign wealth fund aimed at investing in clean technologies

Saudi Arabia says it aims to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2060, as part of the kingdom’s bid to become a world leader in clean energy.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz has launched a new government body aimed at tackling the country’s climate change issues.

The new National Centre for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology will promote the development of renewable energy and low-carbon technology.

Saudi Arabia is the world’s fifth-largest oil exporter.

The move comes after Saudi Arabia, the world’s top oil exporter, has introduced measures to allow the development of renewable energy in the country.

Last month it launched a $200bn sovereign wealth fund aimed at investing in clean technologies.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Saudi Arabia’s most famous landmark, the world’s tallest tower, is the world’s tallest building

Crown Prince bin Salman said: “I urge the financial and energy leaders of our country and the international community to help us accelerate Saudi Arabia’s leadership in the world by supporting its ambitious green transformation to a low-carbon economy.”

The new centre will have a focus on renewable energy projects. It will be led by Prince bin Salman and King Faisal bin Abdulaziz.

“Saudi Arabia is establishing a centre that supports the sustainable development of our nation by helping us become a global global leader in renewable energy and to end harmful carbon emissions,” King Faisal said.

In the past decade, the kingdom has pursued a strategy of diversifying its economy and become a global centre for oil and gas exploration.

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