Green wave in the desert of Abu Dhabi

When it comes to the environment, Abu Dhabi is always a supply. The capital and second largest city of the United Arab Emirates in recent years, a lot of times I tried to push the envelope on sustainable development. But the most successful project of all was Mesder City, multifaceted green "city within a city", which aims to be the world's first large-scale project with a neutral carbon footprint. However, the cost of such a project is almost unearthly — $ 18 billion
But there are other, less well-known ways in which Abu Dhabi pursues its "green" goals. In the Arabian Gulf, if you look good, there is a real "green" revolution. Among the first of these plant concentrated solar power Shams-1. Its construction began in 2010 and completion is scheduled for completion at the .2012-m. Shams 1 will 100megavatt produce electricity that can supply 20,000 homes. This is the first and only project of its kind in the North African region.

"Green" wave in the desert of Abu Dhabi

The second innovation is the construction ekostandart Estidama, which emerged in 2009 on the initiative of the Council of Urban Development in Abu Dhabi. Its development is needed for the certification and construction Mesder City and other similar projects in the future. New in this standard is that the sustainability of the project is determined by the number of "pearls", which he won in a system of sustainable development. Something like a certification system in the U.S. Net Zero Energy, which said the "petals".
Urban structure plan "Abu Dhabi 2030" is also noteworthy, because the larger the city, the more carefully it must be planned. So, the capital of the UAE already has the next development plan, taking into account all the environmental guidelines. The plan proposed by Sheikh country, seeing Abu Dhabi the capital of the global level. At a town like this should be all of the UAE.

"Green" wave in the desert of Abu Dhabi

Control Organization of nutrition in Abu Dhabi's mission the development of sustainable agriculture and food industry, which guarantees the safety of food and protect the health of animals and plants, building on green food practices. But to act, the organization started from a distance, replacing gasoline vehicles of its fleet to those that run on compressed natural gas and have a smaller carbon footprint. By the end of 2012 the fleet will have to be updated by 20% and its carbon footprint is 25% less. But on this modernization of the transport system is not finished. Because now in the green city of Masdar City will have new quick charging stations for electric vehicles. This center fills charge the battery to 80% in half an hour compared to the standard 6 hours.
Special lighting scheme also makes Abu Dhabi unique city seeking to sustainable development. To reduce the total amount of electricity in the city has installed more than 6000 units of public light performance. In addition, to the municipalities, the detailed rules which include allowing the types and sources of lighting, types of height and shape of the pillars, and the nature of the forms of lighting, appliances gradual darkening. These standards apply not only to municipal buildings, but also in the street lights, and other forms of public lighting. It is expected that such a comprehensive strategy for sustainable lighting will reduce the cost of public lighting by as much as 40% in the next 20 years.

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