Member Participation

Saudi Arabia


Saudi Arabia believes that Technology provides the most viable solution to address climate challenge. This is why we joined Mission Innovation at its launch during the 21st Conference Of the Parties (COP21) in November 2015. Technology has done so for mankind throughout history and it requires greater innovation, collaboration and investments to address climate change. We trust that Mission Innovation provides the right platform to advance international collaboration on science and technologies that could enable significant emissions reduction in all residential and industrial sectors.

Saudi Arabia clean energy innovation focuses on greenhouse gas management, energy efficiency and renewable energy. The Kingdom’s Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) research portfolio encompass the following five areas: (i) carbon dioxide capture from fixed sources, (ii) carbon dioxide reduction from mobile sources such as cars, marine, trains, (iii) industrial use of carbon dioxide for polymers, carbon fiber, construction materials, and chemicals, (iv) carbon dioxide use for enhanced oil-recovery, (v) carbon dioxide sequestration in geological formation. In addition, the Kingdom is investing in developing and implementing a renewable energy program as well as energy efficiency technologies in residential and industrial applications.

The Kingdom, through its leading companies, universities, and science cities as well as the private sector, has been playing a leadership role in basic research, clean energy deployment at scale, venturing, and international collaborations to advance innovation in clean energy technology.

Baseline and Doubling Plans

  • Country-Determined Baseline Year(s): 2015
  • Baseline Funding Amount: SR 281.3 million (USD $75 million)
  • Doubling Target-Year: 2021
  • Doubling Target Amount: SR 562.5 million (USD $150 million)
  • First-Year of Mission Innovation Funding Increment: 2017
  • First-Year Mission Innovation Funding Amount: SR 337.5 million (USD $90 million)
  • First-Year Mission Innovation Funding Increment: SR 56.3 million (USD $15 million)
  • First-Year Funding Percent Increase: 20%

Methodology for Determining Baseline

Saudi Arabia baseline is based on contributions from academia and state-owned companies for the fiscal year of 2015.

Country-Definition of Clean Energy R&D Investment

Our efforts will focus on research, development and demonstration (R&DD) of technologies such as greenhouse management, energy efficiency (buildings, transport, and industry), renewable energy, and carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS).

Overview of Clean Energy R&D Focus Areas Emphasized in Mission Innovation Portfolio

Industry & buildings


Vehicles & other transportation


Bio-based fuels & energy
Solar, wind & other renewables


Nuclear energy
Hydrogen & fuel cells


Cleaner fossil energy


CO2 capture, utilization & storage


Electricity grid
Energy storage


Basic energy research


Indicators are for key areas of Mission Innovation R&D investment but do not imply a comprehensive representation of a country’s full R&D portfolio.