Note from editor-in-chief:
As my first editorial piece in the launch of ECOSpectra Spectator, I would like to showcase to readers the advanced and unparalleled success of Masdar, a small city in the Abu Dhabi region of the United Arab Emirates. Masdar represents a model for urban sustainability that should inform urban policy making the world over. It is the brainchild of Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Development Company and has proven its success by hosting major international events that bring together leaders in the solar industry and green energy more generally.
The model of Masdar as a “smart city” does hold considerable merit. However, the socio-economic and political linkages specific to the region and Abu Dhabi more specifically, have allowed this project to get underway. It is important for policy makers to investigate why that is and institute mechanisms that give incentive and promote smart urban planning. Europe seems to be on the cutting edge, specifically Germany, Denmark, Norway just to name a few. Nevertheless, transplanting such a model of urban sustainability full-on is dubious at best. Instead, urban centres that are growing and which need to be equipped with the tools to manage (sustainable) growth would be well-advised to look at Masdar for inspiration.
Thank You For Reading.
Jan 13, 2013
The Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week will commence with the 3rd session of the International Renewable Energy Agency’s (IRENA) General Assembly*, on the 13th & 14th of January 2013, It will be followed by events that will take place throughout the week.
The International Renewable Energy Agency General Assembly is an intergovernmental organisation dedicated to renewable energy. IRENA’s objective is to promote the widespread and increased adoption and the sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy. This concerns energy that is produced from renewable sources, including bioenergy, geothermal energy, hydropower, ocean, solar, and wind energy. IRENA was founded on 26 January 2009 in Bonn, Germany by 75 states which signed its Statute. It became a fully established international organisation headquartered in Abu Dhabi at its inaugural Assembly on 4-5 April 2011. To date, the membership of IRENA comprises 158 states and the European Union.
*IRENA’s General Assembly coincides with the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week