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Masdar Zero Carbon Zero Waste

The World’s First Zero Carbon, Zero Waste City

masdar city Masdar City – the world’s first carbon-neutral, zero-waste city. A vibrant and beautiful city, powered by renewable energy, innovative building practices and new standards in sustainable living currently under construction in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Masdar City, soon to become home to 40,000 residents and 50,000 daily commuters, is being built around pedestrians, where open public squares intersect with narrow shaded walkways and connect to homes, schools, restaurants, theatres and shops. A city powered by solar cells and wind turbines, where 80% of the water is recycled. A city planned to be green. An urban environment being built in the desert. The 2.48 square miles (4 square kilometers), of city using micro-climate to both extract energy and keep the streets at comfortable temperatures.The architecture of the city is inspired by the traditional medinas, souks and wind towers of the Arab world.

masdar city The City is a free zone clean-tech cluster. Academics, researchers, students, entrepreneurs and financers and more than 1,500 of the most innovative visionar y companies in the world will have offices, research centers and operations within city walls, benefiting from 100% foreign ownership, zero taxes, zero import tariffs, zero restrictions on capital movement and among the strongest intellectual property protection in the region.

Phase One of Masdar City has already begun – The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology is near completion and Masdar City will be home to 100 students and faculty this fall. Developed in cooperation with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology emulates MIT’s high standards and offers Master’s and Doctoral-level degree programs focused on the science and engineering of advanced energy and sustainable technologies. MIT is working with Masdar to establish a sustainable, homegrown academic and scientific research institute.

masdar city The Industries Unit invests globally and locally to establish a portfolio of production assets in renewable clean energy. The unit’s Solar Manufacturing High-Tech Cluster’s current flagship investment is Masdar PV, a $600 million phase-one investment that will fund the construction of plants in Germany and Abu Dhabi with a combined annual output of 210 megawatts. Further expansions are planned to allow the company to achieve 1 gigawatt of annual output. The unit is actively developing investments in other renewable and clean technologies, such as energy storage, efficiency, lighting, and wind.

Spanning four square kilometers, the cluster will house production facilities for th ree main PV technologies: crystalline-based PV; thin-film PV (including Masdar PV); and concentrated PV (CPV); as well as a supporting supplier base.

Masdar’s Carbon Management Unit develops greenhouse gas emissions reduction projects. It creates value by monetizing greenhouse gas emission reductions under the provisions of the Kyoto Protocol. The unit also develops sustainable technologies, including large-scale projects that generate sizeable carbon emission reductions, with a particular focus on CO2 Capture and Storage (CCS).

The research center will focus on critical technologies for sustainable cities of the future including solar energy, energy efficient buildings, water, and desalination technologies, cooling technologies, intelligent electricity supply concepts, electro-mobility and carbon footprint measurement and evaluation.

Masdar City – the world’s first carbon-neutral, zero-waste city powered entirely by renewable energy sources. Masdar will be completed in 2016. One day, all cities will be built like this.

…. as the green future unfolds!

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29 Responses to “Masdar Zero Carbon Zero Waste”

  1. Sugar Cribs Says:

    wow is it true zero carbon???
    .-= Sugar Cribs´s last blog ..Choosing Perfect Color For Small Bedroom =-.

  2. Linda Says:

    Hi Sugar Cribs …. yes! it is true!

  3. Barbara Says:

    Congrats to UAE. That’s awesome!

  4. Linda Says:

    Hi Barbara … They deserve it!

  5. Sam Says:

    nice info.
    .-= Sam´s last blog ..The Photo’s of OUr Hardwork =-.

  6. Linda Says:

    Hi Sam … Thanks a lot.

  7. Diane Scott Says:

    Absolutely gorgeous pictures! We (the U.S.) should be ashamed of ourselves not to be current with technology. We all the goings on from the nutcases out there isn’t doesn’t seem like we’re ever going to get any closer to being part of the solution. I wish everyone would stop and think – and act as a team. This new City is an inspiration to all!
    .-= Diane Scott´s last blog ..Boy What A Week =-.

  8. Linda Says:

    Hi Diane … You bet! Imagine them all over!

  9. Luc J Says:

    It’s an interesting thought and a very useful experience. Just wonder if it can be repeated anywhere else in the world. In Abu Dhabi, money is not an issue most of the time nor is return on investment.
    But we may learn something from the experiment.
    .-= Luc J´s last blog ..Alternative to an Air Conditioner or Swamp Cooler – Air Cooler Plus =-.

  10. Linda Says:

    Hi Luc J … I am sure it can be repeated and probably less money but we will have to wait to see who will step up for the challenge.

  11. Karen Says:

    It looks like a beautiful place. I wonder if those who live there will mind when it becomes a tourist attraction.

  12. Linda Says:

    Hi Karen …. No, I do not believe they will mind.

    Hi Discount solar … I am sure that it will be seen as one to follow.

  13. discount solar Says:

    Outstanding utilization of renewable energy technology. This should be the model for future community planning going forward.

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  15. Linda Says:

    Hi greenfession … I like your idea! Go for it!

  16. wilson Says:

    Wow, what a spectacular landscape here, Linda. Hopefully, US will follow UAE’s step very soon…
    .-= wilson´s last blog ..Taking Medicines with Milk is not a Wise Idea! =-.

  17. Linda Says:

    Hi Wilson … It would be great if other places followed their lead.

  18. Heath Says:

    That is very nice.

  19. Linda Says:

    Hi heath …. thanks !

    Hi v … Nope! it is good!

    Hi Maureen … Ain’t that the truth.

  20. [v] Says:

    I imagine the economic downturn has whalloped this plan?
    .-= [v]´s last blog ..Somerset Witch project =-.

  21. Maureen Says:

    I certainly hope more things are done faster; things that truly make a difference. Between the US and China…seems we do more “bad” faster than anyone else can do “good”. Truly shameful
    .-= Maureen´s last blog ..Multiple Streams of Income: Blessing or Curse? =-.

  22. Earth Friendly Goodies Says:

    Sounds amazing! It strikes me as a bit of poetic justice that this city is being built in the heart of “Big Oil” country funded predominantly by oil revenue I would imagine. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the oil giants in the US would take notice and create their own version in the US?
    .-= Earth Friendly Goodies´s last blog ..YummyEarth Organic Lollipops: A Boo-Licious Halloween Candy =-.

  23. Linda Says:

    Hi Earth Friendly … That would be amazing and shocking at the same time! However, it would certainly change their image should they do it.

  24. Mr_Grant Says:

    @1: Masdar City is more accurately described “carbon neutral” and ‘minimum waste’ as there are some required elements, such as fire trucks, that the project’s Economic Free Zone status doesn’t exempt them from. Eliminating automobiles will be a huge carbon benefit — Masdar is testing a podcar system similar to the one at Heathrow (see next Forced Green post)

    @13 and 17: Abu Dhabi’s strategy is for Masdar to become a worldwide ‘green brand’ associated with sustainable practices and technology. Thus the emphasis on research, development and commercialization — they are buying and partnering with startups (e.g. solar and waste to energy companies), building the Masdar Institute, and signing up major corporations as tenants. It will also be the headquarters of the new International Renewable Energy Agency.

    @19: Abu Dhabi is in fairly good financial shape as it didn’t go overboard on property development like neighboring Abu Dhabi. Still, the UAE as a whole has the world’s biggest per capital carbon footprint, so Masdar has huge symbolism.

  25. Linda Says:

    Hi Mr. Grant … Thank you for the additional information. You certainly have covered all of the points…

  26. Polprav Says:

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  27. ConnieFoggles Says:

    It’s amazing how beautiful this city is. I never imagined it looking this way – more space age I guess!
    .-= ConnieFoggles´s last blog ..Gearing Up For Action =-.

  28. Linda Says:

    Hi Connie … The imagination is a wonderful thing and to see a plan come to life is amazing.

  29. Sharon Says:

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