World’s greenest city to come up in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI — The Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) last week launched a Sustainability Action Plan to launch the world’s greenest city — Masdar City — to be completed by 2015.

By Haseeb Haider (Our staff reporter)

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Published: Sun 20 Jan 2008, 8:59 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 5:54 PM

Located near Abu Dhabi International Airport, Masdar City will be the world’s first zero-carbon, zero-waste, car-free city, aiming to exceed the 10 sustainability principles of “One Planet Living” — a global initiative launched by WWF and environmental consultancy BioRegional.

Masdar City’s electricity will be generated by photovoltaic panels, while cooling will be provided via concentrated solar power. Water will be provided through a solar-powered desalination plant.

Landscaping within the city and crops grown outside the city will be irrigated with grey water and treated waste water produced by the city’s water treatment plant.

The city is part of the Masdar Initiative, Abu Dhabi’s multi-faceted investment in the exploration,

development and commercialisation of future energy sources and clean technology solutions.

The six-square kilometre city, growing eventually to 1,500 businesses and 50,000 residents, will be home to international business and top minds in the field of sustainable and alternative energy. A model of the Masdar City will be unveiled on January 21, at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi.

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