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About Carboun

Carboun is an advocacy initiative promoting sustainable cities in the Middle East. Focusing on the built environment and urban systems, Carboun advocates a sustainable approach for the development of the region’s cities, balancing economic development, quality of urban life, future resilience, and reduced impact on energy, water, resources, and urban environment.

Carboun’s geographical scope focuses on the economic, environmental, and developmental conditions predominant in the Arab countries of the wider Middle East, including The Gulf, The Levant, and North Africa. The initiative’s name, Carboun, is a transliteration of the Arabic pronunciation of the element Carbon, the most elemental constituent of life, the source of our energy, and more recently, the main driving factor behind our planet’s climate change.

Carboun’s website provides an online journal for sharing information relating to sustainability in the Middle East cities covering energy use, water use, sustainable design and urbanism, transportation, emissions, climate change resilience, material resources, waste, and urban environment.

The Carboun initiative is engaged in a number of regional projects relating to sustainability in Middle Eastern cities. The initiative’s current projects cover energy use in buildings, carbon emissions, and impact of climate change on the region. Carboun is also engaged  in a number of national-level projects.

Carboun is a member organization in Climate Action Network International (CAN International).

Carboun Founder

Karim Elgendy, Founder and General Coordinator

Karim Elgendy is a sustainability consultant based in London, with experience practicing design and sustainability in the United Kingdom, the United States and the Middle East. Over the past fourteen years he has helped create sustainable buildings and urban environments across four continents, and has provided sustainability advice for design firms, management consultancies, think tanks, and mainstream media.

Karim’s research interests include developing sustainable, resilient, and smart cities, and assessing the role of policy, urban planning, building design, and urban mobility in reducing the impact of cities on resources and the environment. His research work focuses on Middle East cities, addressing the regional challenges facing sustainable development and potential solutions.

Karim is a public advocate for sustainability and a regular writer and commentator. H is the recipient of the 2013 Global Green Building Entrepreneurship Award by the World Green Building Council. He can be reached at Karim [ a t ] Carboun [ d o t ] com.

Stay in touch with Carboun on Social Media

Carboun’s networking group on Linkedin is a forum for professionals researchers to network and share common interests relating to sustainability and the environment. Carboun’s group is the largest Linkedin group focusing on sustainability in the Middle East.

Carboun’s Page on Facebook at, contains regular updates on news and developments relating to Middle East Sustainability, energy, and environment. All content is in english.

Carboun Feed on Twitter contains a feed of news and developments in Arabic and English (@CarbounCities)