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Do you see dolphins? We also see a challenge to find solutions which guarantee good quality water. Veolia Water purifies and supplies more than 17 billion litres of drinking water every day in the world, for more than 80 million people every year. As the world’s leading water services company, we also implement innovative solutions to recycle wastewater for business and industry, and try to balance the needs of people whilst caring for our environment. The environment is our universal challenge.

BUILT GOVERNANCE ENVIRONMENT The world’s first carbon neutral, zero waste city: THE TALE OF MASDAR CITY Masdar City, the world’s first carbon-neutral, zero-waste city. Dr. rashiD ahmaD Bin-FahaD Minister of environMent and Water, United arab eMirates Over the last couple of decades, anthropogenic emissions have resulted in the gradual increase in global temperature. Without the concerted efforts of governments and civil society worldwide, we would approach a point of no return. Moreover, and as per Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, habitat is the most basic human need. Consequently, humanity needs urgent and environmentally-friendly urban solutions to the growing world population. This paper addresses the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Government’s initiative in establishing Masdar, a breakthrough solution to the world’s urban development challenges. Skeptics may argue that the costs of establishing Masdar city far outweigh what governments around the world can muster. We counter this argument by saying that Masdar city is first of its kind, and therefore costs are naturally high, but that, one day, and due to the severity of the challenges ahead of us, more cities would be built like this. MASDAR CITY AND SUSTAINABILITY Masdar city is a unique integrated Green Community in the heart of Abu Dhabi. It is currently under construction and is expected to be complete in 2016. The city will be entirely powered by renewable energy, is situated on seven square kilometres of land, and will host the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, the Masdar Research Network, light industry, development units and laboratories, and local and international tenants. Masdar city will strive towards a zero waste objective and will contain pioneering public transportation systems – there will be no cars or internal combustion engines of any sort inside Masdar; rather, an innovative personal rapid transport system will move people within the city. Realising that the amount of power available will be significantly less than can be obtained using conventional hydrocarbon technologies, integration within the city would therefore be utilised. This would allow for benefits which, added together, can make a significant difference. One example is the use of carefully designed and shaded streets and buildings in Masdar city, which will reduce the need for air conditioning, and cut electricity demand. Moreover, Masdar city’s power infrastructure will feature a range of renewable energy technologies, including photovoltaic plants; a concentrating solar thermal power plant; evacuated thermal tube collectors; and a waste-to-energy plant. Intelligent design and pioneering urban planning will allow energy consumption to be reduced by about 70 per cent from that needed for a conventional city of the same size, under Abu Dhabi’s current conditions. Underground PRT System. CITIES AND COUNTRIES 187 VISIT: WWW.CLIMATEACTIONPROGRAMME.ORG