Etihad Energy Service Company (Etihad Esco) has signing an agreement with the Middle East Facility Management Association (Mefma) to increase collaboration between the two organisations in various fields including building market capabilities.

Under the terms of agreement, Etihad Esco and Taqati - the Dubai Energy Efficiency Program (set up under Etihad Esco) - will promote Mefma’s facility management courses such as Ta’seesy, Muhtarif and Mustadam among relevant stakeholders, said Etihad Esco CEO Ali Al Jassim, after signing the MoU with Mefma president Jamal Lootah.

Mefma, in turn, will support in promoting the Dubai Energy Efficiency Training Program to the association’s members.

Al Jassim said: "We are confident that our Energy Efficiency Training Program will prove to be of great value to Mefma members as the modules and courses will enable them with new sets of skills and capabilities."

"Such sharing of knowledge and expertise and collaborative efforts are very essential to accelerate the emirate’s journey to the forefront of global energy efficiency landscape, in order to meet the sustainable development targets we pursue. At the same time, our stakeholders will be able to benefit from training courses offered by Mefma to build their overall capabilities in the industry. Hence, we see this as an extremely productive partnership," he noted.

Lootah said Mefma’s new collaborative endeavour with Etihad Esco was another opportunity to fulfil its energy conservation targets.

"Given its influence and reach in the Middle East, the association will effectively spread awareness of the Dubai Energy Efficiency Training Program throughout the regional FM community with the objective of equipping our members with new competencies and fresh knowledge of the latest technologies that will help bring down power consumption in their respective projects," he noted.

"Similarly, Etihad Esco’s stakeholders will benefit from our FM courses as a form of continuous human capacity development programme that creates value for Dubai. Both sides are confident that this timely agreement will further empower and educate all stakeholders and, consequently, make a positive and lasting impact on our respective industries," he added.-TradeArabia News Service