It depend on what counts and what doesn’t count in calculating the carbon footprint.
The machinery used to build the city has given off emissions as have the planes that
the design team used to fly back and forth between Europe and the UAE. You could also consider fuel that was used to ship the building materials and solar panels there.
We won’t really be able to answer this question until it has been built and operating for a while. However, they appear to be putting thought into the whole process. NPR notes that carbon emissions produced construction and transportation to and from the site will have to be offset by adding more solar power into the national power grid or planting trees. I’m a bit confused about this though, because the article doesn’t really say that the developers will do this, just that they would have to for it to be zero emission. Also, I can’t find anything on the web site that specifically addresses the zero emission construction. But, like americalibre said, it really will depend on how it is measured, which is leading some sceptics to say that it will be impossible. At this point, we will just have to wait and see.
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