Qiu et al. (2024): The role and deployment timing of direct air capture in Saudi Arabia’s net-zero transition

Yang Qiu, Gokul C Iyer, Jay Fuhrman, Mohamad I. Hejazi, Puneet Kamboj, Page Kyle IN: Environmental Research Letters, DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/ad4a8f

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has pledged to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2060. Direct air carbon capture and storage (DACCS) is critical for the country to meet its net-zero target given its reliance on fossil fuels and limited options for carbon dioxide removal (CDR). However, the role of DACCS in KSA’s national climate change mitigation has not been studied in the literature. In this study, we aim to understand the potential role of DACCS and the effect of its deployment timing in KSA’s transition toward its net-zero target using GCAM-KSA, which is a version of Global Change Analysis Model (GCAM) with KSA split out as an individual region.