H.R.H. Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman Al-Saud, Minister of Energy, Saudi Arabia, inaugurated the 16th Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) Forum, taking place this week from 6-8 December at the Hilton Riyadh Hotel & Residences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. “The GCC is the land of opportunity, the land of the ambitious, and the home of the determined,” he told delegates in his inaugural address today, emphasizing on the role of local talent in shaping a sustainable future. The forum was also attended by H.E. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, Minister of Energy, Qatar, and Bader Al Mulla, Oil Minister, Kuwait.
The Arabian Gulf region is well positioned to take the lead in the energy transition through clean hydrogen development and strong policy support, said industry leaders at the forum. The region is well placed to capitalize on the opportunities afforded by its vast material resources, its modern infrastructure, and technological know-how in order to lead the way on our path to a more sustainable future, they added.
As a key enabler of this transition, the chemical industry must embrace opportunities for integration with the upstream oil and gas industry and collaborate across the value chain to drive a new type of economy – the Circular Economy. This will require new solutions and concerted action to “circularize” value chains and develop regulations and standards that support recycling.
Eng. Abdulrahman Al-Fageeh, Chairman, GPCA, and CEO (A), SABIC, delivered the welcome remarks. He commented, “The chemical industry has always managed to overcome the challenges it faced. The key to our success is by seizing every opportunity that challenges bring. Through such action, the GCC can shape a sustainable future.”
Delivering the keynote address, Amin Nasser, President & CEO, of Saudi Aramco, added, “The chemical industry needs to strengthen and accelerate its innovation efforts to develop more durable and more sustainable materials, at scale, while reducing their cost. Establishing an advanced materials center, here in the Kingdom, could strengthen and complement existing programs and push the boundaries of innovation through global collaboration.”
In the second keynote, Dr. Martin Brudermuller, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, BASF, and President, CEFIC, addressed BASF’s transformation journey to a carbon-neutral and circular future.
Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, Secretary General, GPCA, commented: “The chemical industry has set itself an ambitious target to achieve net zero by 2050, while still delivering everything the modern world needs. This will not be an easy task, but the Arabian Gulf chemical industry is well placed to capitalize on the clean energy transition and grow its investment in the circular economy and hydrogen development. To get on track with the Net Zero Scenario, both the private and public sectors will need to achieve technological innovation, efficiency gains, and higher recycling rates.