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Nature Middle East. A newly unveiled project to build a sustainable, low-carbon city in Algeria—Boughzoul—may serve as a prototype for urban development in other cities of the developing world without adding to greenhouse gas emissions.

The new city of Boughzoul will be located inland, 200km south of the capital Algiers. The project is being spearheaded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), which will provide 8.5 million USD, along with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The city is designed to have low-carbon emissions from the early stages of construction to the everyday running of the city.

“Urbanization is a fact of life happening today in developing countries. Today roughly half of the world's population lives in urban areas. This share is projected to reach 60% by 2030,” said Monique Barbut, chief of the GEF. “This means that cities of the developing world will welcome in the next 20 years more people than those living today in Europe and the US,” she added.

The planners hope Boughzoul will be a city of 400,000 residents after it is completed in 2025. Besides Boughzoul, there are several other initiatives to develop low-carbon cities in other countries, such as Masdar in the United Arab Emirates. The first phase of Masdar will be habitable by 2015. Masdar is also home to Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, which opened in 2009 and focuses on research on clean energy.

Comments

HarveyD

Such cities should not be allowed. They are anti-democratic.

Henry Gibson

Right now the best fastest use of money intended to reduce CO2 releases is to implement co-generation in all buildings by law. Efficient heat exchangers are possible to allow building heating or cooling whilst generating all or even some of the power required by such buildings.

If insulation can be required by law, so can efficient co-generation. Honda and others even make units for homes. ..HG..

ai_vin

Such cities should not be allowed. They are anti-democratic.

WTF?
Was that suppose to be a joke or will the government of Algeria be forcing people to live in this city?

HarveyD

That was supposed to be funny.

Abu-Dhabi built a linear city alone the Abu-Dhabi-Dubai Highway together with a large palace for their King with heliports and golf courses some 10+ years ago. The houses are very large for extended native families and enough ground for gardens etc. Years latter they were 90+% empty and even the King did not want to live in his new palace.

The solution was to rent the 10,000 house to about 100,000 immigrant workers. This one is not funny.

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