abu dhabi

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Sprouting Sustainable Buildings Across the Emirates: Green Construction and Building Regulations

September 26, 2014 by Tanya Malik

Green Buildings

Sustainable construction was first embraced in the UAE by Abu Dhabi, with the creation of a building and design methodology platform in 2010 known as Estidama, to promote the core sustainability principles of the Abu Dhabi 2030 master plan.[read more]

A New Call for Carbon Pricing

May 12, 2014 by David Hone

Carbon Pricing


In the lead up to the United Nations Climate Summit coming in September of this year, the Abu Dhabi Ascent was held on May 4th and 5th as the only preparatory event. Former Vice President Al Gore was one of the keynote speakers of the Ascent.[read more]

Scotland, Abu Dhabi Team Up On Clean Energy

January 22, 2012 by Nino Marchetti

The company responsible for the “city in the desert” is partnering with the most renewable-energy focused country in Europe: Scotland. Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond traveled to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) last week to sign an agreement with the Abu Dhabi-based Masdar corporation to formally collaborate on developing “green...[read more]

Renewable Energy – What Is The IPCC Telling Us?

May 13, 2011 by David Hone

Later this month the IPCC will launch a very substantial report on Renewable Energy and Climate Change. In advance of that, a “Summary for Policy Makers” was released early this week following the 11th Session of Working Group III of the IPCC, held in Abu Dhabi on 5-8th May. In tandem with the Summary document was a press release, which starts out with the words - "Close to 80 percent of the world’s energy supply could be met by renewables by mid-century if backed by the right enabling public policies a new report shows." Not surprisingly, this key phrase was repeated in headlines the world over, with much media enthusiasm for the report. But it isn’t what the Summary is actually about, nor does the Summary give any details into how this may come about.[read more]

UAE picks site to build four reactors

May 13, 2010 by Dan Yurman

Transmission distance to the country’s oil industry and the Saudi border were key factors A remote beach at Braka in Abu Dhabi on the Persian gulf about 50 km (31 miles) from the center of Abu Dhabi’s oil industry at Rawis will be home to four new nuclear reactors to be built by a South Korean consortium. The site is also just 160 km (...[read more]

Masdar missteps, but still matters

January 21, 2010 by Dallas Kachan

Cleantech Group's Dallas Kachan, in the Gulf for the World Future Energy Summit, finds turbulence in Abu Dhabi's cleantech ascendancy, but reason for optimism. Consider, for a moment, the United Arab Emirates as microcosm and metaphor for the human condition. The story goes like this: Early settlers eking out a hardscrabble existence...[read more]

3rd World Future Energy Summit opens in Abu Dhabi

January 18, 2010 by Mildred Fernandes

Tough talk as 98 government delegations, diverse stakeholders debate renewables in the heart of the hydrocarbon world Three years in, the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi is starting to live up to its name, bringing together heads of state, academics, researchers, financiers and consumers from South and East Asia, Europe, Africa...[read more]

From the sands of the desert . . .

October 21, 2009 by David Hone

One of the most important moments at the recent Bangkok UNFCCC meeting was the release by the IEA of its Climate Change Excerpt to the World Energy Outlook 2009. The full World Energy Outlook will be released in November as usual, but the pre-release was done to coordinate with the talks in Bangkok. The excerpt lays out a possible 450...[read more]

UAE could top US, Europe in solar power

July 9, 2009 by ToddWallace

The United Arab Emirates could surpass the United States and Europe by generating 20-30% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. The Middle East’s first 10-megawatt solar park at Masdar City in Abu Dhabi was connected to Abu Dhabi’s electrical grid at the end of May this year, and is using power to finish the zero-waste, zero-...[read more]

The View from Abu Dhabi

January 21, 2009 by Arno Harris

I've spent the last couple of days in Abu Dhabi at the World Future Energy Summit. The show is impressive for its size and for the high number of senior level executives and government officials in attendance. I came to spend time with investors and to explore opportunities here for Recurrent Energy's international expansion.As...[read more]

Live-Blogging the World Future Energy Summit

January 21, 2009 by Evan Cook

Live Blogging the World Future Energy Summit:[read more]

Abu Dhabi’s amazing clean energy bet

January 18, 2009 by Marc Gunther

Strange, isn’t it, that the biggest, most ambitious, most expensive clean energy project in the world, a zero-carbon, zero-waste new city called Masdar City, is going up in the oil-rich Abu Dhabi? Then again, maybe it’s not so strange.There are good reasons why the royal family than runs Abu Dhabi, the largest of the seven emirates that...[read more]

Have you seen the green desert?

February 19, 2008 by Jesse Jenkins

Norman Foster's utopia is designed for the Masdar Initiative in Abu Dhabi to be the "world's first zero-carbon and zero-waste city." The project has a 6 million square meter sustainable development plan mixing planning used for walled cities with technology to achieve zero carbon and zero waste. Foster + Partners, master-planners of the...[read more]

Abu Dhabi’s Green Dreams

February 7, 2008 by Marc Gunther

Ever wonder what happens to the $3 or more per gallon we pay at the pump these days? Or the checks we write for high-priced home heating oil to stay warm this winter? Some of it winds up in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, which is so awash in oil money that is spending $15 billion on solar, wind and hydrogen power,...[read more]