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Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Aspiring to be one of the most sustainable cities in the world

Situated 17km from downtown Abu Dhabi, Masdar City is aspiring to be one of the most sustainable cities in the world.

Covering an area of approximately 6km2 Masdar City will integrate the full range of renewable energy and sustainability technologies, across a living and working community.

Arup supported Masdar in a number of areas at a masterplan and building design level. Developing the fire strategy for the masterplan was instrumental in the success of the testing and commissioning phase as well as in the final handover of the first building plots to Civil Defence.

Arup provided sustainability advice and management services, including a carbon assessment and also developed and facilitated a sustainability training workshop for Masdar staff based on the Arup Drivers of Change cards.

The transaction advice team looked at the business case for car parking facilities, leading to a fundamental change in parking procurement strategy and associated cost savings.

Additionally, the transport and logistics consultants conducted a peer review of site wide transport and logistics masterplans, resulting in a more proactive approach to consolidation and integration. The logistics team also supported Masdar as technical coordinator of a major logistics supplier competition.

In April 2006, Abu Dhabi took a bold and historic decision to embrace renewable and sustainable energy technologies. As one of the major hydrocarbon producing nations to take such a step, it has established its leadership position by launching Masdar, a global cooperative platform for open engagement in the search for solutions to some of mankind's most pressing issues: energy security, climate change and truly sustainable human development.

Arup provided concept design for the logistics solution of delivery Phase 1 for Masdar, developed the fire strategy for the masterplan, and provided sustainability advice and management services including a carbon assessment. The design of nine car parks as part of the Masdar masterplan transportation and parking strategies was also amongst Arup’s responsibilities. Amongst other factors, these were required to meet energy conservation measures and strive to become a net energy generator.

Sustainability training workshop

In February 2011, Masdar requested us to develop a sustainability training workshop based on the Drivers of Change cards. The training was intended to increase the level of sustainability awareness amongst all Masdar employees, to facilitate discussion and interaction on sustainability, and to assist employees in linking sustainability to their day-to-day jobs and responsibilities. Arup developed the training based on the client’s requirements, and conducted it over a period of three days. Starting off with a global overview of the Drivers of Change and the STEEP framework. The session then focused on UAE-specific drivers and their implications for Masdar through a number of interactive exercises.

Masdar is a highly-strategic initiative with four primary objectives. The first is to help drive the economic diversification of Abu Dhabi. The second is to maintain and later expand, Abu Dhabi’s position in evolving global energy markets. The third is to position the country as a developer of technology, not simply an importer. And the fourth is to make a meaningful contribution towards sustainable human development.