From: Laurie Balbo, Green Prophet
Published October 18, 2012 09:04 AM

10 Ways Abu Dhabi Leads The Arab Gulf's Green Revolution

Abu Dhabi's stellar efforts to raise green performance across industry sectors position that Gulf state as regional leader in both conceiving sustainable solutions, and more critically, setting them in action. There are some more famous projects like the multi-million dollar zero-energy city Masdar. But this is just the tip of the bucket.

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Top 10 emirati eco-actions include:

1. Masdar City, the world's first large-scale carbon-neutral development, was hatched in AD. This $18 billion investment in cleantech is creating a new city smack in the heart of Middle East oil country that boasts a research university and acts as incubator for newly emerging green collar industries.

2. Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) is world-renowned for responsibly managing large-scale planning and rapid growth. UPC drives AD's urban development strategy, with full focus on the UN-endorsed concept of triple bottom line payoff in social, economic and environmental aspects of any project.

3. Abu Dhabi 2030 Urban Structure Framework Plan offers a multi-decade vision for city evolution. As the first planning program of this kind in the region, the UPC sets a sustainable foundation for all Emirate development, and forms a best-practice benchmark for future urban design within the UAE and beyond.

4. Estidama (encompassing the Pearl Rating system) was established in 2009 by the Abu Dhabi UPC as the Arab world's first sustainability rating mechanism to assess eco-performance of buildings, communities, and villas.

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