Oman’s Pledge to Achieve Carbon Neutrality Aligns with Global Climate Goals
In a recent gathering at the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik of Oman communicated his greetings to US President Joe Biden through His Excellency Oman’s Foreign Minister. This gesture reaffirms the Sultanate’s commitment to maintaining cordial relations with the United States and other international partners.
Oman’s Stand on Regional and International Issues
In the same meeting, His Excellency Sayyed Badr bin Hamad Al Busaidi, Oman’s Foreign Minister, participated in a dialogue session at the Middle East Summit, hosted by the Al-Monitor Media Foundation. The Minister underlined Oman’s position on a variety of regional and global issues, particularly the Palestinian issue. He stressed the importance of a comprehensive and fair peace based on the two-state solution, indicating Oman’s commitment to fostering peace and stability in the region.
Oman’s Dedication to Carbon Neutrality
Significantly, the Foreign Minister also emphasized Oman’s commitment to achieving carbon neutrality. This commitment aligns with the global urgency to combat climate change and limit global warming in line with the Paris Agreement’s objectives. Oman’s pledge to reach net zero emissions by 2050 is a significant step in this direction, making it the third Middle East oil and gas producer to make such a pledge, following the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.
Oman’s Energy Ministry also unveiled a Green Hydrogen Strategy and announced the formation of Hydrogen Oman Hydrom, a subsidiary of state-owned Energy Development Oman. The Sultanate is aiming for $140 billion of investment in the green hydrogen industry, hoping to achieve production of 1 million tons a year by 2030. This strategy stands as a testament to Oman’s commitment to leverage its abundant solar and wind resources to reduce the country’s carbon footprint and achieve its decarbonization targets.
“Oman 2040” Vision and Investment Opportunities
On the economic front, the Foreign Minister discussed the key objectives of the “Oman 2040” vision. The vision encapsulates the Sultanate’s openness to various investment and partnership opportunities in industries such as tourism, the blue economy, and the mining sector to diversify its economy. The vision aims to increase the contribution of non-oil sectors from 61% to 91.6% of Oman’s economic output and double their share of the public budget to 18%.
This openness to investment and the commitment to economic diversification present significant opportunities for investors and partners worldwide. The Sultanate’s strategic approach towards its energy sector and the wider economy is geared towards limiting current spending while creating mid-term prospects in promising areas. This approach, complemented by Oman’s abundant renewable energy resources, makes it one of the most attractive locations to produce green hydrogen competitively and at a large scale.
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