Masdar’s 2016 Engage Blogging Contest: The Transition to a Sustainable Economy by 2030


The Blogging Contest is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted and participated in this very important discussion.

Eligibility: The blogging contest is open to those 18 years of age or older.

Contest Period: Submissions must be entered by Monday, January 4, 2016 at the end of the day, Eastern Standard Time (EST, 11:59:59 p.m.). Voting on posts will be permitted until Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 12 Midnight EST.

Assignment: Write a 500 - 600 word story, in English, which answers the following question:

“In your view, what are the policies that governments should take to encourage public-private partnership and enable the private sector to develop the goods and services necessary for a global transition to a sustainable economy by 2030?”

Guidelines to writing the winning post: This year’s blogging contest is all about making the case for how business can cooperate with government on addressing climate change and help society transition to a sustainable economy within the next 15 years.

The scientific community in general believes that global temperatures must be limited to 2°C in order to mitigate the risks that could result from climate change. While governments and international organizations have long been at the vanguard of finding solutions for climate change, recent trends have shown that the global business community has become more vocal and proactive about the need to shift towards a sustainable economy by 2030. More than ever before, business leaders across many industries have called for national governments to implement policies such as a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade program that would reduce the amount of greenhouse gasses emitted into the atmosphere. Increasingly, global businesses, across a wide array of sectors, have invested in renewable power, clean technologies and energy efficiency in order to reduce costs and inefficiencies while acknowledging that such programs have a positive impact on environmental and social sustainability.

But businesses also look for governments to implement policies that can provide a framework and guarantee economic stability so that the private sector can plan for the long term. Should governments issue more regulations in order to secure a more sustainable future? Must financial incentives be available in order for next generation technologies to thrive? What kind of programs are needed to foster innovation and encourage more research and development, which, in the long run, can help solve future risks posed by climate change? Or should there be a more laissez-faire approach, as it is up to businesses to adapt to changing circumstances?

We encourage you to be creative—the aforementioned topics are just a few examples of ideas that could provide solutions for climate change over the next 15 years. There is not a “right answer,” but the best response to this year’s question is one that offer a well-reasoned and logical approach for what almost everyone agrees is one of this century’s most pressing challenges.

The winning entry will clearly describe how government and business can cooperate in order to allow current and future solutions for climate change to scale and succeed, and therefore, play a significant role in limiting the increase in global temperatures to 2°C by 2030.

To Enter:

1.Write a post and publish it at your blog with a link to this page, the 2016 Masdar Engage Blogging Contest page (if you don’t have a blog, you can send submissions, in MS Word, to

2.Leave a comment on this page, the 2016 Engage Contest Page, with a link to your post. We encourage you to post about your blog on all social media channels.

IMPORTANT:Leave a comment on this page with a link to your post AND do not forget to mention the 2016 Masdar Engage Blogging Contest;

3.Qualifying content will be posted on the Masdar web site. Limit one (1) entry per person.

4. Winning Selection: A judging panel will review qualifying entries and will weigh: a) the overall quality of the post, b) the number of votes for the post on the Masdar website; c) and the number of Tweets, Facebook “Likes” and “Shares” through social channels (on both Masdar and the writer’s websites). Voting will continue until January 6, 2016.

5. Prize: One winner will be selected for an all-expense paid trip to Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week during mid-January 2016, will be honored as Masdar’s VIP blogger throughout Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, and will post regular updates during the event. The winner must be able to arrive in Abu Dhabi in time for the opening ceremony on January 18, 2016.

6. Prize Restrictions: Winners are subject to verification, including verification of age. If the winner resides within a 100-mile radius of Abu Dhabi, ground transportation may be provided in lieu of air transportation. Winners are responsible for having valid travel documents, including a passport. Employees of Masdar, its partners and subsidiaries are not eligible for Masdar’s Engage blogging contest.

7. Entry Requirements: Submissions must be the original work of the entrant; may not have been used previously for public display; must be suitable for publication; may not be promotional endorsements for brands or companies; and may not contain any copyrighted works owned by other parties. Entries will be reviewed for compliance with these rules before being published and/or judged. Masdar makes the final determination as to what entries are eligible.

8. Commercial Use of Entries: Submission of an entry grants Masdar the unconditional, irrevocable, worldwide right to publish, use, edit and/or modify such entry in any way, in any and all media, without limitation, and without consideration to the entrant, winning or not.