Abu Dhabi seeks greener pasture

The oil-rich emirate Abu Dhabi is ready to spend more than $15bn in green energy, according to Reuters.


Some of the projects involve renewable energy infrastructure facilities that include solar, wind and hydrogen; carbon reduction, storage and management; research institutes and other investments towards developing renewable alternative energy.

The $15bn investments is also expected to kick-start the development of the ultimate green city under an initiative launched in 2006 called the Masdar Initiative (Masdar meaning “the source” in Arabic). The Jetsons will be green with envy when they see the city of Masdar, the world’s first zero-carbon, zero-waste, car-free city with a total population of 50,000 and home to international business and top brains in the field of sustainable and alternative energy.

Groundbreaking for the green city is set for February 9. Completion of the project is expected in 2016.

Masdar officials said the city will have electricity 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 walled city will be irrigated with treated waste water produced by the city’s water treatment plant.

And as the rest of the world uses oil, Abu Dhabi will be able to create its green oasis probably enclosed in an air-pollution preventing force-field.

Global conservation group WWF said it approves of the project, according to this AFP news.

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