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Saudi Arabia planning insulation scheme

The power minister of Saudi Arabia has announced a new proposal to enforce investment in thermal insulation in an effort to reduce its energy use.

Demand for energy in the emirate nation is rising by eight per cent per year, with estimations that $80 billion (£50 billion) of investment would be needed by 2018 in order to cope with such growth.

According to Reuters, there is concern that the number of barrels per day exported by the company would reduce to less than seven million if no measures are taken to control energy consumption.

Hussayen said: "Insulation in homes is expected to lower energy consumption by 40 percent. Now it will be mandatory and we are working on implementing it."

The European Industrial Insulation Foundation recently told Reuters that nuclear plants have missed an opportunity to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by not using technology such as thermal insulation.