Marrakesh– Saudi Energy Minister Khaled al-Falih said that OPEC’s biggest producer was “committed to meeting the world’s energy needs via the gradual transition towards a more environmentally sustainable future.”
Addressing almost 200 nations meeting in Morocco at the 22nd U.N. Climate Change Conference, Al-Falih reiterated the Kingdom’s commitment to the issue of climate change after complete ratification of the procedures of the Paris Convention.
“I am pleased to announce that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has completed ratification of the procedures of Paris Convention which underlines the firm commitment of the Saudi role in addressing the problem of climate change,” the Saudi energy minister said.
“In this regard, we stress importance of increasing investment in research and development to reduce the environmental impacts from fossil fuel production and consumption which is, therefore, very necessary to achieve the environmental objectives that have been agreed at the Paris Conference,” he added.
He noted that Saudi Arabia remains committed to meet the world’s energy needs through the gradual shift towards a more sustainable environmental future, while taking into account that this transformation must remain economically and sustainably viable from an environmental perspective.
Al-Falih, who is leading the Kingdom’s delegation to the Marrakech conference, said that Saudi Arabia shares the international community’s efforts and endeavors to address the challenges posed by climate change and its impacts.
It is worth mentioning that www.ksa-cop.com highlights the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s activities and efforts within COP22.