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RIYAD: As part of Riyadh’s sustainability strategy, the government is working to ensure that 30% of all vehicles in the capital will be powered by electricity by 2030, Fahd Al-Rasheed said.
The CEO of the Royal Commission for the City of Riyadh said the sustainable strategy is a $ 92 billion program to secure a sustainable future for the city.
Speaking at a session at the Saudi Green Initiative Forum on Saturday, Al-Rasheed said, “We must be a global steward of environmental conservation and a global economic powerhouse driven by resource conservation. “
Highlighting the Kingdom’s green economy plan, he said the private sector has a key role to play in achieving these goals. “It will create 360,000 green jobs and consider a $ 40 billion investment by the private sector.”
He said more than 50 percent of this investment (from the private sector) has already been committed. “This very ambitious vision has been transformed or translated into a comprehensive sustainability strategy with 68 initiatives focused on climate, action, energy production and efficiency, air quality, water management, waste management, biodiversity and ecological preservation, ”Al-Rasheed added.
He said the plan aims to reduce emissions and increase the share of renewable energy (energy) to 50% by 2030.
The CEO of the Royal Commission for the City of Riyadh said: “We will increase the share of public transport in the city from 5% to 20%.
The plan also aims to improve waste management in the city by ensuring that “100% of our waste is used, recycled, recovered and of course reused”.
Al-Rasheed said that we are taking action for water conservation. He said that by 2030, Riyadh’s carbon emissions will decrease by 50% by 2030, making it one of the most livable cities in the world. “We are also aiming to plant 15 million trees in Riyadh.”
The $ 8 billion project will increase the share of green space per capita from 1.7 to 28 square meters and “will offer more than 3,300 neighborhood parks and 43 urban parks, all irrigated, of course with treated water. “.
He said the strategy also aims to protect and promote biodiversity. “More than 200 species, many of which are now threatened, will be protected under these plans,” Al-Rasheed said.