The environment services sector is one of the Kingdom's fastest growing sectors, driven by an increasing population, rising standards of living, and growing industrial output. Saudi Arabia has an ambitious agenda committed to upgrading and unlocking the environment services sector. The Kingdom’s regulatory framework provides exciting business opportunities along the sectors’ value chains, while ensuring that investors' and customers' rights are fully safeguarded. In addition, water and waste management are two key segments for the Kingdom's ambition towards sustainability and a circular economy, in accordance with Vision 2030.
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Environment Services Sector
Water is considered one of the most important strategic sectors in the Kingdom, as is highlighted by the inclusion of sustainable water resource management as a key objective of the Kingdom's Vision 2030. Saudi Arabia is already one of the most advanced nations in the water sector. The Kingdom is a global leader in desalination, has the largest market for water reuse in the GCC, and is a pioneer in water technology innovation, up-scaling, and research.
The Kingdom's water sector offers significant, lucrative investment opportunities, linked to a clear water sector strategy, with ambitious targets backed by a committed government. Many opportunities are emerging for domestic and foreign investors along the entire water value chain and across multiple investment dimensions, from infrastructure, through local manufacturing to sector digitalization
estimated capital investments in water and sanitation projects by 2025
per day of additional desalination capacity estimated by 2026
Large and growing market demand for water
Global leader in desalination
Strong commitment to develop infrastructure beyond desalination
Ambitions to further anchor water capabilities and expertise locally
Saudi Arabia has set ambitious sustainability targets as part of the Kingdom's Vision 2030, aiming to significantly increase the country's resource conservation and circular economy efforts. The Kingdom is aiming to develop a world-class, robust, and financially sustainable waste management ecosystem able to handle the sizeable, fast-growing, and diverse volumes of waste with the clear ambition to minimize landfilling and maximize recycling.
With the sector having set ambitious targets, many opportunities are emerging for domestic and foreign investors alike to develop waste (pre-)collection, treatment, recycling and disposal services and infrastructure.
of total waste estimated to be diverted from landfill by 2035, with higher targets for specific regions and waste streams
of municipal solid waste recycled, with the remainder for waste-to-energy by 2035
Large and growing need for a robust, nation-wide waste management system
Clear government commitment to unlock the sector’s full potential
Ambitious sustainability targets to address consumer-driven waste
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Success Stories from
Environment Services Sector
‘’there are a lot of efforts going on to make it easier for people to come and invest in Saudi Arabia, , which we saw recently recognized in the Kingdom’s position in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business rankings.’’ – Stephen McCalion, COO, GE Saudi Arabia and Bahrain
Company Name : GE Saudi Arabia and Bahrain
Name : Stephen McCalion
Position : COO
Sector name : Energy and Water
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