Analyzing the challenging growth of energy consumption in saudi arabia

Ramzi Alahmadi, Mario Beruvides

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Abstract

The continuous growth of energy consumption is a global concern. Because energy is mainly generated by burning fossil fuel resources in processes that involve greenhouse gas emissions, controlling that growth is especially important. In Saudi Arabia, currently world's top oil exporter, the growth of domestic energy consumption is exceptionally alarming. The domestic energy consumption, which is subsidized by the government, curbs Saudi Arabia's petroleum export capability, which accounts for about 90% of the country's export earnings. If the prevailing structure and policies of the current energy system remains unchanged, Saudi Arabia is expected to be an oil importer within the next two decades. Thus, it is critical for the country's economy to efficiently manage and control its domestic energy consumption and maintain its petroleum exporting strength. This paper provides a systematic and comprehensive review of the impact of Saudi Arabia's energy policies on motivating the fast growth of energy consumption and its subsequent issues. In addition, it presents a comprehensive review of some of the discussion in the literature about the effectiveness of various managerial and strategic solutions to lower the domestic energy consumption.

Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - 2017
Event2017 International Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Management, ASEM 2017 - Huntsville, United States
Duration: Oct 18 2017Oct 21 2017

Conference

Conference2017 International Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Management, ASEM 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityHuntsville
Period10/18/1710/21/17

Keywords

  • Energy consumption
  • Energy systems
  • Systems engineering

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