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Climate Action 2009-2010

BUILT ENVIRONMENT Masdar

BUILT ENVIRONMENT Masdar city at Sunset. For the first time in history, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities, with their traditional energy inefficiencies, waste and pollution. Sixty per cent of all global energy is consumed by buildings. This is precisely why Masdar city will literally re-engineer the way modern cities are built and how energy is used. Such a concerted effort reflects the UAE’s moral duty to honour the global partnership in confronting climate change as signatories to the convention, as well as doing so in a way that reflects the unique needs of an oildependent economy. We believe that Masdar city will be the first of many similar sustainable cities in the future. © Foster + Partners CITIES AND COUNTRIES 190 Author Dr. Rashid Ahmad Muhammad Bin-Fahad was appointed Minister of Environment & Water; United Arab Emirates. Previous roles have included Secretary-General, of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Standardization Organization (GSO), Riyadh Saudi Arabia, Board Vice-Chairman, Emirates Authority for Standardization & Metrology (ESMA), Deputy Director General, Emirates Authority for Standardization & Metrology (ESMA). UAE., and Head, Food & Environment Laboratory, Dubai Municipality, Dubai, U.A.E. Organisation. Organisation The Ministry of Environment and Water’s vision is to protect the Environment and the Natural resources for sustainable development. The goals of the Ministry are: the protection and development of ecosystems; development and sustainability of water resources; development and sustainability of agricultural and animal resources and fisheries; human resource development and upgrading their capabilities; access to the ranks of leadership in the application of international standards and best practices. Enquiries Dr. Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad Minister of the Ministry of Environment and Water P.O.Box 1509, Dubai United Arab Emirates Tel: +971 4 295 8161 | Fax: +971 4 295 7766 Email: binfahad@moew.gov.ae Website: www.moew.gov.ae One of the key drivers during the design of Masdar City has been the complete integration of the principles of sustainable development, ensuring that the social, economic and environmental goals are taken into account in every design decision. The same is true of the city planning as much as it is of the design of individual buildings. VISIT: WWW.CLIMATEACTIONPROGRAMME.ORG

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