By Daniel Shane
Energy giant to ensure measures for greener embassies in cities including London
UAE renewable energy giant Masdar has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to enhance the environmental impact of 16 embassies around the world.
Under the deal, Masdar will implement measures at missions - including those in London, Paris, Berlin and Beijing – that reflect the Gulf state’s broader sustainability policies, as well as raise public awareness of the need to conserve water and energy.
The five-year agreement will see Masdar assess energy consumption at key UAE embassies, as well as apply ‘green’ building standards in areas such as insulation, windows, air conditioning and water fixtures.
“The UAE’s embassies are the gateways to our nation, and they should reflect the message of sustainability and environmental conservation that our wise leadership has placed at the forefront of our development initiatives,” said Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Butti Al Hamed, the under secretary for the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“With Masdar’s expertise and assistance we plan to integrate sustainability into all of our consulates, including new buildings as well as our existing portfolio of embassies.”
Masdar is developing numerous other renewable energy projects including a 15-megawatt solar photovoltaic power plant in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, a solar project in Afghanistan and a 500-kilowatt solar photovoltaic power plant on the island of Vava'u in the Kingdom of Tonga.