As a pioneer in sustainability solutions and a leader in sustainable urban development, Masdar is fully committed to supporting World Environment Day, which is being celebrated across the globe today, June 5.
First held in 1974, World Environment Day is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of our environment. World Environment Day urges us to rethink how our economic systems have evolved and the impact they have on the environment – objectives aligned with Masdar’s pioneering mission to make viable sustainability solutions a reality.
“Since Masdar was established in 2006, the number of people living in urban communities has overtaken rural dwellers for the first time in history – and another 2.5 billion people will be added to our towns and cities by 2050,” said Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Masdar’s Chief Executive Officer. “In order to cope with this expansion while conserving natural resources, cities must adapt to support sustainable living and meet increasing demand for food, energy and water, and growing waste production.
“City planners will need to reconnect and rethink the relationship between cities and the natural environment. As the world’s most sustainable community, Masdar City provides a road map for sustainable urban development to accommodate population growth, based on the principles of economic, social, cultural and environmental sustainability.”
Masdar and its partners have continued to ensure business continuity and the supply of vital clean energy to the communities that depend on it, throughout the current COVID-19 pandemic.
“This year, we have all learned an invaluable lesson: our natural world has its limits and we must use the gifts it gives us wisely,” Al Ramahi said. “By creatively harnessing the abundant resources of solar and wind power, we can deliver a more sustainable future for all of us, while remaining in harmony with our environment.
“By deploying innovative technologies that are relevant to the region, such as solar power plants, onshore wind farms and waste-to-energy projects, Masdar is supporting the UAE’s sustainable development. We are also active in more than 30 countries around the world, helping to expand energy access in emerging markets and reducing reliance on fossil fuels for electricity generation.”