The region seems to have jumped on the climate bandwagon, but its expanding ambitions also suggest it is trying to take control of the steering wheel.
For Gulf countries, 2021 was the year of ambition and new climate targets, and 2022 will be the year of implementation.
As the EU tries to overcome its strategic confusion, the transition to a greener economy could provide opportunities for EU-GCC relations.
AGSIW's seventh annual Petro Diplomacy conference examined the energy transition and ways in which the Gulf petrostates are positioning themselves for a net-zero environment.
Saudi Arabia’s commitments to achieve net-zero emissions by 2060 and the new Saudi Green Initiative will drive more investments toward renewables and increasingly greater incorporation of geothermal energy.
Energy transitions are by their nature disruptive, but the pandemic has introduced a risk factor that might play out for years to come.
Iran’s Khuzestan province has experienced an unprecedented water shortage; yet climate change alone cannot explain how an area endowed with such exceptional natural resources could fail its people so catastrophically.
Iraq’s new government will have its work cut out for it in addressing the water crisis. But time will not be on its side.
This report is based on the presentations and discussions during the UAE Security Forum 2020, “Resilient Economies, Resilient Societies,” held December 15-17, 2020 virtually.
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