Environment Saudi to hold green forum during Cop28 in Dubai By Pramod Kumar August 23, 2023 Unsplash.com Saudi Arabia plans to plant 10 billion trees across the country in the coming decades Saudi Arabia will hold its third green initiatives forum during the Cop28 summit in Dubai on December 4. The Saudi Green Initiative (SGI) forum will build on the 2021 inaugural event in Riyadh, which unveiled the kingdom’s 2060 net zero commitment and last year’s conference held in Egypt during Cop27, the state-run Saudi Press Agency reported. Sharm El Sheikh: Good cop, bad cop ‘A long way to go’ to reduce the Gulf’s carbon emissions Saudi firm agrees deal for 10GW wind farm in Egypt Under the Saudi Green Initiative the kingdom will plant 10 billion trees in the coming decades and designate 30 percent of the country’s land and sea territories as protected areas by 2030. In addition, Riyadh has committed to reducing carbon emissions by 278 million tonnes annually by 2030. The national goals will help to achieve regional targets set out under the Middle East Green Initiative of eliminating 670 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent and planting 50 billion trees across the region.