Masdar City to test pilot WWF sustainability plan

Energy company unveils sustainable action plan for Abu Dhabi city project.

Abu Dhabi-based energy company Masdar has launched a sustainability action plan for its carbon-neutral, waste-free, car-free city project currently under development in Abu Dhabi.

The city is to follow a set of sustainability principles from ‘One Planet Living', a program developed by the WWF and environmental consultancy BioRegional, the firm said.

The 10 principles include zero carbon, zero waste, sustainable transport, sustainable food and water, and culture and heritage.

The zero carbon principle, for example, specifies that 100% of energy must be supplied by renewable energy sources, such as concentrated solar power.

"We hope that Masdar City will prove that sustainable living can be affordable and attractive in all aspects of human living," said Jean-Paul Jeanrenaud, director of WWF International's One Planet Living initiative.

Construction on Masdar City is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2008.

Masdar 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 city is expected to be complete in 2015.


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