What two things come to mind when you hear the name United Arab Emirates? Oil and Money. It’s well known that the UAE, a country smaller than the state of Virginia, have both of these commodities in spades. The UAE is also one of the biggest producers of green house gas emissions in the world, so its rather surprising that they may soon become the world’s leader in clean, green living on a massive scale.
“Welcome to Masdar City – the world’s first carbon-neutral, zero-waste city.” It’s a helluva tagline for one of the most ambitious projects (right up there with Branson’s Virgin Galactic) that I’ve ever heard of. The planned metropolis, which is currently in phase 1 construction and headed by the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, will cover 2.3 square miles within the capital city of Abu Dhabi, include a state-of-the-art university (Masdar Institute of Science and Technology), and house around 40,000 individuals.
Major highlights of the city are: 100% utilization of renewable energy, i.e. wind and solar power, recycled water (a must in this desert region), dew-catchers and rainwater harvesting, designated green spaces, zero-waste (all trash will be either composted or recycled in some fashion) and some very cool mass transit. No cars will be allowed. Instead, there will be “personal rapid transit”–electric “pods” that take individuals to and fro– and a Maglev train connected to the city of Abu Dhabi.
No cars, no waste, zero carbon emissions… Essentially every component of the city is aimed at being entirely green, renewable and sustainable.
If you’re intrigued, check out this video via Planet Green: