Climate change awareness campaign
German Gulf Engineering Consultants, UAE University, join hands to offer young Emiratis save energy training
Energy Voices 2023, in cooperation with the United Arab Emirates University, for young nationals combines `Save Energy’ campaign, energy management and audit internship and training for a sustainable tomorrow
Abu Dhabi, January 13, 2023: In the backdrop of the UAE Government’s `Net Zero by 2050’ energy strategy and the hosting of COP28 in Abu Dhabi in 2023, the UAE University, and German Gulf Engineering Consultants (GGEC), Abu Dhabi, have joined hands to offer an energy management and audit training programme and internship to young Emirati nationals.
As part of the programme – Energy Voices 2023 – a campaign to promote the use of refillable water bottles will also be rolled outsimultaneously to instill the responsibility of sustainability among young nationals for a carbon-neutral future. Under this initiative, students across five universities in Abu Dhabi will be provided with re-fillable water bottles to support the UAE Government’s endeavor to ban single-use plastics.
Elaborating on Energy Voices 2023, Dr. Saud Muhammad AlMarzooqi, acting Associate Professor for Students Affairs, UAE University, said: “Winning the hosting rights for the global climate summit, COP28, in 2023, adds yet another positive angle to the strategic goal of the internship and energy training program for Emirati nationals. The program perfectly fits into the UAE’s youth participation in climate change, energy saving measures, andfocus on renewables.”
Under the programme, paid internship will be provided to 50 selected Emirati students from five universities of both genders along with the training in energy management and audit. Certificates of accomplishment will be issued to students at a grand award ceremony at the completion of the programme.
The CSR initiative by GGEC – Energy Voices 2023 – also fits into the context of the next 2023 UN Climate Change Conference (COP28) which will be hosted by the UAE at the Dubai Expo City.Energy Voices 2023 is also supported by the Abu Dhabi University, Zayed University, ADNOC and key private partners.
“All participants in the training, our partners and those who are associated with the Energy Voices will commit to use refillable water bottles and stop using single-use plastics,” Mr. Sunilan Menothuparambil, Managing Director of GGEC said, adding that specially designed reusable bottles have been procured and will be distributed to all stakeholders in the training and climate change awareness campaign.
“Ourprogramme will also include promoting a ten-point action on saving energy across themes such as – save energy at home, walk, bike or take public transport, eat more vegetables, control travel urge, stop food wastage, reduce, reuse, repair & recycle, shift from conventional to renewable energy, support eco-friendly products, go electric and promote planet-friendliness,” he said, adding that this will also promote the UN SDG 3 – Good Health and Wellbeing – and contributing in its own way to the UAE’s Net Zero by 2050 goal.
“Probably, this is the first time an integrated and comprehensive climate change and energy management programme and internship has been offered in the UAE. Energy Voice 2023 is also unique with state entities joining hands with private sector to advance the cause of sustainability. This shows the wider adoption of UAE’s Net Zero strategy commitment and how private sector players are keen to advance this cause,” said Mr. Sunilan Menothuparambil.
According to Mr. Sunilan, the initiative was driven by German Gulf’scorporate responsibility mission of giving back to the community, themed, `In Harmony with the Community and the Environment,’ which aims to support and contribute to the UAE’s climate change initiatives. The training programme will equip the participating students to further take up higher level courses and avail job opportunities in sustainable energy management.
The focus of the training will include effective energy audit, energy management practices in the real estate sector, energy conservation in buildings, tools and techniques to be energy efficient, as well as on efficient operations and management.
Apart from current students, all national and expatriatecan also enroll for the programme.
A number of activities are also planned around the cause of energy efficiency in Abu Dhabi, to bring the general population from all walks of life to appreciate and contribute to national endeavors. These activities include, webinars, essay competitions, painting activities for kids, short film competition, and a Greenathon cycle marathon, to name a few.
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About Energy Voices 2023
Energy Voice 2023 is the brainchild of Abu Dhabi-based German Gulf Engineering Consultants. The core aim of the initiative is to create a learning and skill development platform for young Emiratis in the energy sustainability and efficiency sphere, and create actionable awareness on energy conservation, broad environmental challenges the world is currently facing , and encourage them to contribute to mitigating the climate risks due to global warming, The Energy Voices 2023 platform is a great opportunity for young national graduates to be part of the Net Zero by 2050 strategy of Abu Dhabi Government in association with United Arab Emirates University. The exclusive training programme will be followed by a high-profile ceremony post-completion of the training where the programme participants will be given merit certificates and special awards to trainees who stood out in the course. On a larger format, the Energy Voices 2023 will also seek to involve the Abu Dhabi community in the initiative through energy saving competitions and inviting creative contributions that will highlight and endorse sustainability. The programme will provide compensation to participants and equip and empower them to take up careers in the energy management sector. The training programme also complements the UAE’s win to hold the COP 28 conference in Abu Dhabi, which is a huge acknowledgement of the country’s endeavors in climate risk mitigation activities. The training modules will span the following:
- Effective energy management
- Energy conservation in buildings
- Work study – tools and techniques
- Efficient operations & maintenance
About German Gulf Engineering Consultants
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