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Zero carbon city created

Building has started on the first zero-waste and carbon-free city.

Masdar, in Abu Dhabi will set the standard for future eco-builds and utilise a number of green techniques, which could be applied to future UK developments.

These include water and waste conservation and renewable energy and green construction methods. The city’s energy will be provided by photovoltaic cells and solar power.

"Masdar city will become the world’s hub for future energy," said Sultan al-Jaber, chief executive officer of the Masdar Initiative, established to oversee the project.

"By taking sustainable development and living to a new level, it will lead the world in understanding how all future cities should be built."

By implementing environmentally friendly building techniques, the developers hope to save the equivalent of $2 billion (£1 billion) of oil over the next 25 years.

"We are creating a city where residents and commuters will live the highest quality of life with the lowest environmental footprint," added Sultan al-Jaber.

UK builders have already established sustainable building methods but are yet to fully harness renewable energy sources.

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