Masdar in UAE goes all green

Published: Friday 15 February 2008

United Arab Emirates's Masdar city will soon be the world's first zero-carbon, zero-waste and car-free city. Designed in accordance with wwf's 'One Planet Living' sustainability standards, the government of Abu Dhabi has planned specific targets for the city's ecological footprints. Spread over 600 hectares, 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 treated wastewater from the city's water treatment plant. The city will eventually house 50,000 residents and have 1,500 business houses.

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