Recently, the Dubai city authorities declared that they would transform the city into one of the most sustainable municipalities in the world by 2020. Strategies were laid out for increasing solar production, capturing energy from waste, and mandating more rigorous green buildings.
Dubai’s first photovoltaic plant went online in late October last year and the 13-megawatt facility will expand to 1,000 megawatts by 2030. A new version of the Dubai Green Building Code rolls out in early 2014. The government has started a 7-year-long project, as the city prepares to welcome a projected 25 million visitors to Expo 2020. The UAE has earmarked approximately $6.2 billion to fund a 1,082-acre fairground and surrounding networks. Sustainable development of this Expo 2020 infrastructure will contribute to Dubai’s greenest-city goal.