Masdar City: An Update on Achieving Urban Carbon Neutrality

Abdulla Balalaa
Director of Real Estate Investment & Design
Masdar, Abu Dhabi

Masdar City is one of the world’s most sustainable urban communities, a low-carbon development made up of a rapidly growing clean-tech cluster, business free zone and residential neighbourhood with restaurants, shops and public green spaces.

Masdar’s philosophy of urban development is based on the three pillars of economic, social and environmental sustainability. Masdar City is a ‘greenprint’ for the sustainable development of cities through the application of real-world solutions in water, energy efficiency and the reduction of waste.

Masdar City aims to be a commercially viable city offering the highest quality of life within the lowest environmental footprint.

The city is a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship through the free zone and an investment zone, enabling foreign ownership of property and companies, and attracting cleantech companies of all sizes and types to test, commercialise and deploy clean energy technologies. Masdar City’s walkable environment offers multiple cleantech transit options including the Personal Rapid Transit – an internal electronic driverless mode of movement.

It has made ambitious commitments under Abu Dhabi’s building rating system, Estidama, targeting a minimum rating of 3-Pearls for all buildings under the Estidama Pearl Building Rating System. The city is also targeting a minimum rating of 4-Pearls for its public areas, including parks, plazas and streets, in line with the Estidama Pearl Community Rating System.

The presentation will discuss the above clean technology and conservation measures the city has implemented to reduce its carbon footprint and become one of the most sustainable urban communities in the region.

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