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SGI: steering Saudi Arabia towards a green future

SGI plays a key role in achieving global climate targets. Through whole-of-society action and investment, the Kingdom is paving the way towards a greener tomorrow.

Uniting the country to address the climate challenge

Following the launch of Vision 2030 in 2016, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has taken decisive steps towards a more sustainable future. Inaugurated in 2021 the Saudi Green Initiative unites environmental protection, energy transition and sustainability programs within the Kingdom, with the overarching aims of offsetting and reducing emissions, increasing the Kingdom’s use of clean energy and addressing climate change.

SGI roles and responsibilities: putting sustainability first

To deliver the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s sustainability goals, SGI strives to:

  • Saudi Arabia

    Oversee and unite all of Saudi Arabia’s work to combat climate change under one umbrella and with a defined and common goal.

  • environmental

    Combine efforts between the government and private sector identifying and supporting opportunities for collaboration and innovation.

  • climate action

    Grow the green economy - the first wave of more than 60 initiatives announced under SGI are considerable investment in this.

  • green economy

    Accelerate the green transition and be a global leader in the implementation of the Circular Carbon Economy.

  • quality of life and protect

    Improve quality of life and protect the environment for the benefit of future generations in Saudi Arabia.

SGI Targets

Clear objectives. Measurable impact.

SGI is steering the implementation of a sustainable long-term climate action plan. Three overarching targets guide SGI’s work - emissions reduction, afforestation, and land and sea protection - More than 60 initiatives have been activated over the past year, with further progress to be achieved in year two and beyond.

SGi Initiatives

Shaping tomorrow through today’s actions

Many initiatives have been launched to deliver on SGI targets and deepen the impact of Saudi Arabia’s climate action

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Saudi's climate initiatives history

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Launch of
King Salman Renewable Energy Initiative
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Announcement of
The National Renewable Energy program
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Launch of
The National Environment Strategy
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Creation of
The Special Forces For Environmental Security
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‘Let's Make It Green’
campaign to reduce desertification announced
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Inaugural
  • Saudi Green Initiative Forum
  • Middle East Green Summit
  • Youth Green Summit
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Aim to achieve
Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) of reducing carbon emissions by more than 278 MTPA
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Aim to achieve
Net Zero

SGI contributors

Actioning change together

As part of SGI, various entities and organizations across Saudi Arabia help to scale up national climate action and create new initiatives. SGI's efforts to engage stakeholders across the private and public sectors is crucial in order to meet climate goals. These stakeholders are carefully selected to ensure that their goals and ambitions align with the overall cause that SGI is championing.

Frequently asked questions

What is the Saudi Green Initiative (SGI)?

Launched in 2021 the Saudi Green Initiative (SGI) is an ambitious national initiative for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that aims to combat climate change, improve quality of life and protect the planet for future generations.

SGI activates all engines of society to deliver against three overarching targets - emissions reduction, afforestation, and land and sea protection. More than 60 corresponding initiatives are already being implemented, all representing a huge investment in the green economy.

Over the past twelve months, the Kingdom’s global commitments have been turned into tangible action and Saudi’s aim to achieve net zero by 2060 is on track.

Why was the Saudi Green Initiative (SGI) launched?

As a leading global energy producer, Saudi Arabia is committed to advancing the global fight against climate change. Since the launch of Vision 2030, tremendous progress has been made in addressing Saudi Arabia’s unique environmental challenges, but it is clear that there is much more to be done to address climate issues the world is facing.

Announced in 2021, the ambition of SGI is to catalyze and implement a sustainable long-term climate action plan for the Kingdom. With ambitious plans, three key targets and whole-of-society action, SGI is a leap forward within Saudi Arabia’s ambition to become a global leader in forging a greener future.

Who is behind the Saudi Green Initiative (SGI)?

The Saudi Green Initiative is a national initiative under the patronage of His Royal Highness Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister.

How does the Saudi Green initiative work?

The Saudi Green Initiative is a whole-of-society initiative. To support national climate ambitions and targets, the initiative draws on the expertise and resources of the Saudi government, the private sector and civil society.

How will the Saudi Green Initiative (SGI) deliver on Saudi Arabia’s climate ambitions and targets?

A roadmap for the delivery of the Saudi Green Initiative targets, consisting of over 60 initiatives, was unveiled at the inaugural Saudi Green Initiative Forum on 23 October 2021.

Two focused committees, The Energy and Climate Change Committee and The Environment Committee, oversee the implementation of initiatives against the targets. They also rally the public and private sector ecosystems to ensure coordination and that all efforts uphold the highest international standards.

This first wave of initiatives represents over SAR 700 billion of investments, contributing to the growth of the green economy. More initiatives will launch in the coming years, scaling up Saudi Arabia’s ambition to create a greener future.

How can I partner with or contribute to the Saudi Green Initiative?

The Saudi Green Initiative encourages individuals, entrepreneurs, NGOs who are working on sustainability initiatives in Saudi Arabia, to contact us through info@greeninitiatives.gov.sa

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