Water is sprayed over Muslim pilgrims to cool them down during the afternoon heat as they walk outside the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. With a climate that is already among the hottest on earth, Saudi Arabia has reason to fight global heating. Photo: AP
Water is sprayed over Muslim pilgrims to cool them down during the afternoon heat as they walk outside the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. With a climate that is already among the hottest on earth, Saudi Arabia has reason to fight global heating. Photo: AP

COP26 Climate Change Conference: is Saudi Arabia’s net zero pledge a breakthrough, or just a mirage?

  • A kingdom built on oil, whose emissions are three times the global average, has made one of the most eye-catching pledges of the summit, matching the 2060 commitments of China and Russia
  • Can it deliver? Sceptics say Riyadh’s promise relies on untested carbon capture technology and a ‘major caveat’ regarding its exports. And yet, in a land with no shortage of sunshine, there remains a ray of hope for renewables

Water is sprayed over Muslim pilgrims to cool them down during the afternoon heat as they walk outside the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. With a climate that is already among the hottest on earth, Saudi Arabia has reason to fight global heating. Photo: AP
Water is sprayed over Muslim pilgrims to cool them down during the afternoon heat as they walk outside the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. With a climate that is already among the hottest on earth, Saudi Arabia has reason to fight global heating. Photo: AP
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