Meetings & Convention News: Saudi Green Initiative Growth Continues
Envorem signed an MOU (memorandum of understanding) with Saudia Arabia-based Greenland Environmental Services to provide recycling technology for remediation of oil and sludge. The MOU lays out the foundation to manufacture recycling systems in Saudi Arabia to help the country achieve its Saudi 2030 vision also known as the Saudi Green Initiative. There are clearly outlined mandates in place under the Saudi Investment Recycling Company (SIRC) for the recycling of sludge and oil.
The technique used by Envorem uses much less energy for its remediation processing, in fact less than 10 percent of the standard treatment available. It involves recreating what the natural world already knows in which bubbles created from the vaporization of water cleans solids and recovers entrained oil without generating emissions.
Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s largest oil producers, so to commit to reducing its dependence on fossil fuels while at the same time setting efforts in motion to protect the environment through projects like the one outlined in the recycling MOU, shines a spotlight on what can and is being done to mitigate climate change issues.
What is the Saudi Green Initiative?
In March of 2021, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia set into motion the Saudi Green Initiative to address environmental and sustainable challenges. The goal is to move the nation towards a more sustainably diversified economy while reducing its carbon footprint.
The initiative also aims to increase green cover and vegetation throughout the Kingdom by planting 10 billion trees over time – that’s an area about the size of the country of Belgium.
Trees will help to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, enhance biodiversity, and fight against desertification. Saudi Arabia has also pledged to reduce its CO2 emissions and increase its share of renewable energy as well as water conservation and waste management. The marine and coastal areas will also receive efforts to reduce pollution, protect the coral reefs, and promote sustainable fishing.
Other Middle East Countries Get Involved
Expanding on the Saudi Green Initiative, the Middle East Green Initiative (MGI) came to life wherein countries in the region are working together to create a giant connected green belt of reforested areas. The MGI is a regional effort led by Saudi Arabia to create the infrastructure needed to reduce emissions and protect the environment.
On October 25, 2021, His Royal Highness (HRH) Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia. Hosted the very first MGI Summit where Middle East leaders came gathered to work on tackling climate change in the region. The following year, the Summit convened in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, in tandem with COP27.
The 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference or Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC, which became known as COP27, was the 27th United Nations Climate Change conference that took place for 15 days from November 6-20.
At this event, Saudi Arabia took its part as a G20 economy to take a stand as a major contributor to climate action (action versus reaction) to institute climate solutions regionally as well as on a global scale. At this time, HRH the Crown Prince announced the country would establish and host a dedicated MGI Secretariat and allocated US$2.5 billion in support of MGI projects.
COP 28 Opens Soon
The 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference or Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC – COP28 – is set to convene from November 30 through December 12, 2023, in Expo City in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The theme of the conference will follow the G20 presidency of India’s Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: “One Earth, One Family, One Future.”
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