Saudi Aramco launches $1.5bn Sustainability Fund to invest in net-zero tech

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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Aramco, the Saudi National Oil Company, has launched a $1.5 billion Sustainability Fund to invest in technology that can support a stable and inclusive energy transition. 

It was unveiled at the sixth edition of the Future Investment Initiative (FII) and is among the largest sustainability-focused venture capital funds globally.

Managed by Aramco Ventures, the venture capital arm of Aramco, the fund is an extension of the company’s efforts to meet the world’s growing energy demand, with lower greenhouse gas emissions.

It supports the company’s net-zero 2050 ambition in its wholly-owned operational assets, as well as the development of new lower-carbon fuels. Initial focus areas will include carbon capture and storage, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, energy efficiency, nature-based climate solutions, digital sustainability, hydrogen, ammonia and synthetic fuels. The fund will target investments globally.

In addition, Aramco’s wholly-owned subsidiary Aramco Trading Company has participated in the first voluntary carbon credits auction organized by the Public Investment Fund (PIF).

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Yasir Al-Rumayyan
Chairman – Aramco

Climate change is a critical issue, which is why sustainability is well-integrated into Aramco’s strategy and investment decisions. The Company is harnessing innovation and collaboration as it seeks long-term solutions to global energy challenges. By driving large-scale investments and building key domestic, regional and international partnerships, Aramco aims to enable a stable and inclusive energy transition that meets the world’s need for energy with lower emissions.”

Aramco President and CEO, Mr. Amin H. Nasser, said that “The Sustainability Fund reinforces our commitment to leverage innovative technologies that will make a difference in addressing the dual challenge of achieving greater energy security and sustainability, and show how these two great imperatives can and must co-exist. Our participation in the MENA region’s first voluntary carbon market in Saudi Arabia represents another pathway towards our long-term net-zero ambition and demonstrates how we can deliver a multi-pronged approach in addressing the climate challenges we face.”

In June, the company also announced a set of interim targets that it aims to achieve by 2035, which are intended to reduce or mitigate net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions across its wholly-owned operating assets by more than 50 million metric tons of CO2 annually, when compared to the business-as-usual forecast.

In addition, Aramco is developing its blue ammonia and hydrogen business, to produce up to 11 million metric tons of blue ammonia per year by 2030, with the potential to support significant emissions reductions in hard-to-decarbonize sectors such as heavy-duty transport, heating and industrial applications.

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