Rome - The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia participates in the meeting of the Energy Ministers of the Group of Eight (G8) and the Energy Ministers of China, India, Brazil, Egypt and South Africa.
The Kingdom's delegation to the meeting which started yesterday in Rome, Italy, was led by Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Naimi.
During the meeting, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Naimi delivered a speech in first ministerial session in which he pointed out Saudi Arabia shares the global concern regarding potential climate change and will do its part in mitigating and adapting to it.
"As you all know, we are party to the Climate Change Convention and we are faithfully engaging in the current negotiations leading to a successful outcome in Copenhagen by the end of this year, 2009", Al-Naimi said.
He considered that the Climate Change Convention which was adopted in 1992 is the most comprehensive international agreement that addresses all greenhouse gases -not only Carbon Dioxide(CO2)- sources and sinks, in all economic sectors.
It is also true that we should always talk about low emission economy and not low carbon one in order to be consistent with the Convention.
Al-Naimi clarified that the scientific facts have demonstrated that other greenhouse gases have greater global warming potential (GWP) than CO2, even though their contribution to the total GHGs are not high .
He added that any new agreement, for post 2012, adopted in Copenhagen should be based on the whole principles listed in the UNFCCC, and should not be subject for renegotiation.