Climate policy will hit tipping points but some Middle East countries intend to get ahead of the coming avalanche

SourceThe National
SectorOil & Gas
CountryMiddle east

“The falling of small stones that starts an avalanche in the mountains”, as the wizard Gandalf puts it in the Lord of the Rings. The small stones are the growing number of global environmental initiatives; the avalanche is the radical transformation of the Middle East’s energy system.

In December, the UAE filed its updated Nationally Determined Contribution under the Paris Agreement on climate change, with various commitments including a 23.5 per cent cut to greenhouse gas emissions versus “business-as-usual” by 2030. January saw the Adnoc-ADQ-Mubadala hydrogen alliance.

In early April, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman announced the Saudi Green Initiative, with goals more...