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  • Submitted by: United Arab Emirates
  • Topic: Green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication
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  • Location: Masdar, United Arab Emirates
  • Date of completion: 2006
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  • This voluntary initiative came from Green economy policies, practices and initiatives
Masdar City Special Economic Development Zone
Description/achievement of initiative

Established in 2006, Masdar City is an emerging global clean-technology cluster located in what aims to be one of the world's most sustainable urban development powered by renewable energy. The city plans to institute policies aimed at zero waste, sustainable transport, building energy efficiency standards, biodiversity strategy policies, and renewable energy requirements.
Source: World Resources Institute (2011) A Compilation of Green Economy Policies, Programs, and Initiatives from Around the World. The Green Economy in Practice: Interactive Workshop 1, February 11th, 2011


Masdar City is an emerging global clean-technology cluster located in what aims to be one of the world's most sustainable urban development powered by renewable energy. This special economic zone located about 17 km from downtown Abu Dhabi will eventually be home to companies, a research institute, and an investment arm, creating an international hub for companies and organizations focused on renewable energy and clean technologies. The city will implement policies aimed at zero waste, sustainable transport, building energy efficiency standards, biodiversity strategy policies, and renewable energy requirements. Masdar City is being built to obtain 100% of its energy from renewable sources, including photovoltaics, concentrating solar power, wind, and waste to energy. Businesses and homes will connect to green data centers which use energy-saving servers.


The benefits are as follows:


  • Expected improvements in indoor and outdoor air quality;


  • Expected green job creation;


  • Planned reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption, and landfill waste;


  • Creation of business opportunities for sustainable local businesses;


  • Creation of local Institute of Technology.


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