Empower’s Employee Development Initiatives Accelerate Professional Growth in District Cooling Industry

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Published August 15th, 2018 - 11:12 GMT
hmad Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower
hmad Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower

Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower), the world’s largest district cooling services provider, stressed its commitment to enhance the role of employees in the district cooling, enriching their knowledge in the industry and the technology, by increasing their communication with the rest of the world. Empower strives to promote district cooling services to the highest level by training and developing the skills of its staff, especially Emiratis, through an annual agenda of training programmes offered to the employees. This reflects positively on their performance levels and productivity, and supports the UAE’s process of development.

Empower has organised 36 training courses for its employees, with the participation of more than 400 staff members in 2018. Empower’s staff also takes part in various global events, mainly the International District Energy Association (IDEA) Annual Conferences & Tradeshows, the latest being held in the USA. The conference allows employees to gain experience, learn about the best practices in the district cooling industry and exchange expertise with their counterparts in other countries.

“Empower is committed to achieving progress through its Emirati staff as they are the key in developing the district cooling industry. We constantly urge them to continue to acquire more knowledge and skills by organising programmes and training courses to raise their performance levels and equip them with the necessary skills according to the highest international standards. We believe that human resources are the real capital, and investing in minds is the investment of the future,” said Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower.

“We work in line with the Government's efforts to implement the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to mobilize energies and intensify work to achieve the objectives of the UAE Vision 2021. Empower is committed to hire young Emiratis, as part of its efforts to support Emiratisation in different job positions,” added Bin Shafar.

Bin Shafar highlighted the scarcity of sufficient information and knowledge available on district cooling. He explained that Empower is working to spread awareness about district cooling in local and international forums, to shed light on Dubai’s achievements in this field and review the UAE's successful experience in adopting district cooling systems.

Empower previously organised a course on Basic Fire Safety, a course on Legal Aspects of Administratives Investigations and Sanctions, a Sustainable Cooling Technique workshop, a course on Effective Negotiation – Advanced, a Stress Management workshop, the 7th annual Innovation and the Future conference, in addition to a training for internal auditors, a training on the maintenance of training devices and other workshops and programmes.

 Empower currently operates over 1.34 Million RT, providing environmentally responsible district cooling services to large-scale real estate developments, such as Jumeirah Group, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai International Financial Centre, Business Bay, Dubai Healthcare City, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Palm Jumeirah, Discovery Gardens, Ibn Battuta Mall, Dubai Design District and International Media Production Zone, among others.

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Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower)

Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (EMPOWER) was established in 2003 with an objective to enable the real estate sector to efficiently utilize energy resources through District Cooling Services (DCS).  Empower was set up as a joint venture between Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and TECOM Investments a member of Dubai Holding through a Royal Decree issued by the Ruler of Dubai.

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