While it’s the U.S. Green Building Council that sets the standard for LEED certification, two cities in the Middle East are quickly emerging as the world leaders in sustainable cities, or cities with a goal of net zero energy and waste. That means they produce as much energy, resources and waste as they consume.
Population and economic growth due to the Middle East’s oil reserves are the primary drivers in its aggressive push toward sustainability. With population expected to grow exponentially in the next 25 years, sustainable cities can offset the gradual depletion of the natural resources and with them, the region’s primary export and profit center. Here’s a look at innovative projects currently evolving in the region.
The Bipartisan Policy Center, a non-profit organization created in 2007 by former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole, and George J. Mitchell, recently convened a group of industry professionals, environmentalists and law makers to evaluate the current energy boom and make recommendations for a balanced approach that secures a better future for America. Here is a brief list of those recommendations as reported in a recent article by CNNMoney.com:
Fracking should continue, but tighter regulations on the practice should be imposed, particularly at the federal level
Widespread growth in the oil and gas industry, particularly in the shale regions of the U.S. and the oil sands in Western Canada, has placed increased emphasis on keeping workers safe and costs at a minimum. Blast resistant modules, also known as BRMs, can do both.
BRMs are relocatable steel buildings designed to keep workers safe from a blast. Their ability to Continue reading →
U.S. energy production has taken a significant step forward in recent years, particularly through new technologies that have allowed the extraction of gas from shale formations in places such as North Dakota and Pennsylvania.
A recent report from the Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA), for instance, indicated that the surge in the U.S. will help the country surpass Russia as the largest producer of natural gas by 2015. A release from the agency also noted that Continue reading →
An article just published by the Associated Press cites two recent studies that found the Marcellus Shale natural gas field is much larger and more cost effective to drill than originally projected in government reports.
According to last week’s report from Standard & Poor’s, Marcellus Shale could contain “almost half of the current proven natural gas reserves in the U.S.”
In a separate report from ITG Investment Research, an analysis of the region’s well production data shows that production is Continue reading →