Masdar receives energy efficiency award
Abu Dhabi, April 1, 2012
Masdar City, Abu Dhabi’s sustainable development, has received the Global Energy Efficiency Visionaries award for the Africa-Middle East region at the Energy Efficiency (EE) Global Forum 2012 held in Orlando.
This year’s EE Global Forum was the fifth annual gathering of discussions on how to increase energy efficiency through technological breakthroughs and policy advances.
Masdar City was selected by the forum’s International Steering Committee, comprising of high-level energy efficiency professionals from across the world.
Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, chief executive officer of Masdar, said: “We are delighted to accept this award for the successes we have so far achieved in pushing the boundaries of energy efficiency and sustainable architecture.”
“Masdar will collaborate with various local and international like-minded partners to continue testing and implementing energy conservation technologies and concepts across all its integrated units.”
“This award will further raise international awareness and highlight the efforts Abu Dhabi’s leadership is making to implement sustainable development and move towards a knowledge-based economy, while focusing on energy efficiency and clean technology development. We hope Masdar’s efforts, recognised through this award, will inspire others to promote sustainable practices and enhance energy efficiency,” he added.
Masdar City has been planned as a test bed for innovation with every aspect of the urban planning and architecture designed with sustainability as a key criterion. Developed to be a hub for renewable energy and clean technology companies, Masdar City is partnering with Siemens to run a Smart Grid pilot across the first phase of its development.
Masdar is also co-developing smart building technologies, leveraging on the City’s on-going investment in buildings and infrastructure.
Dr Nawal Al Hosany, director of Sustainability at Masdar, attended the event and accepted the award on behalf of Masdar City. – TradeArabia News Service