BASF and Masdar form partnership for world’s first waste-free
Masdar and BASF announced a strategic partnership agreement
for collaboration on the construction of Masdar City,
the world’s first carbon-neutral and zero-waste city.
BASF is named as a “preferred supplier” of construction
materials and system solutions for the city’s construction.
The chemical company will also open an office in Masdar
City once it is completed.
In order to reduce the energy demand in Masdar City,
BASF will play a role in the city’s construction by offering
its solutions for sustainable and energy-efficient construction.
Masdar City, currently in its first phase of construction,
is approximately 30 kilometers from downtown Abu Dhabi,
the capital of the United Arab Emirates. As a cleantech
cluster and hub for technology innovation, research and
development, the city is attracting industry leaders
and researchers. Masdar is partnering with the world’s
most prominent companies, investment firms and educational
institutions to develop and deploy leading technologies,
systems and sustainable solutions in Masdar City and
in the wider Abu Dhabi and Gulf region. One such example
is the International Renewable Agency (IRENA) which recently
decided to locate its new global headquarters in Masdar
BASF develops and markets numerous products that help
to save energy and resources as well as avoid greenhouse
gas emissions. These include products made from polystyrene
and polyurethane which will be used for the manufacture
of insulating foams for thermal insulation of buildings.
Phase-change materials that are integrated into plaster
or gypsum wall boards can be used as an alternative to
air conditioning, in this way saving electricity and
maintenance costs. In addition, black pigments in roof
coatings which absorb very little infrared solar radiation
prevent dark surfaces from heating up. The use of special
concrete admixtures in the concrete manufacturing process
can lower carbon emissions by up to 60 percent.