ECI and SkyPower will focus on projects such as renewable energy, sustainably powered data centres, water treatment and other projects of national interest

The UAE Federal export credit company, Etihad Credit Insurance (ECI), has entered into a Strategic Sustainability Partnership with SkyPower, one of the largest and most successful developers and owners of utility-scale solar (PV) energy projects in the world.

The agreement is a major bid to reinforce the country’s commitment to the United Nations’ (UN) sustainable development goals (SDGs).

The ECI-SkyPower Strategic Sustainability Partnership was signed at the Canadian Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai by the Chief Executive Officer of ECI, Massimo Falcioni, and the Managing Director of SkyPower Services MENA & Chief Executive Officer of the SkyPower Global Group of Companies, Kerry Adler.

Under the Strategic Development Partnership, ECI will provide trade credit insurance, export finance guarantees and investment protection solutions, and both parties will focus on strategic sectors projects such as renewable energy, sustainably powered data centres, water treatment and other projects of national interest.

ECI’s contribution to the growth of the energy and sustainability sector is in line with the UAE’s ambitious Energy Strategy 2050, which aims to allocate over $163.35bn (AED600bn) to achieve its goal of increasing the contribution of clean energy sources in the total capacity mix to 50% (including 44% renewable and 6% nuclear) by 2050. The strategy aims to reduce the carbon footprint of power generation by 70%, saving $190.5bn (AED700bn) by 2050.

On the collaboration with SkyPower, the Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Credit Insurance, Massimo Falcioni, commented: “In relation to UAE’s Energy Strategy 2050, ECI has actively involved in several projects to reinforce the country’s position as a global leader in creating sustainable cities and reducing carbon footprint.

“The collaboration with SkyPower is an important step in achieving sustainable development set by the United Nations and unwaveringly pursued by the UAE. By supporting one of the leading firms in renewable energy, we are delighted to be a part of building a world which is less polluted, more habitable and much healthier.”

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were established as part of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda, are a set of 17 life-changing goals that are crucial in order to improve the planet by 2030.

This comprehensive strategy addresses the areas which require immediate attention for generating a prosperous world – such as, eliminating poverty, promoting good health and well-being, standing up for gender equality and implementing access to affordable and clean energy.

The UAE is a significant supporter of the creation of Agenda 2030, placing a commitment to sustainable development at the heart of its long-term goal.The idea of sustainable development also permeates UAE’s national development plan – Vision 2021 – and the plans of its seven Emirates.

Discussing the significance of the agreement and present at the event on the signing of this historic partnership, Kerry Adler, Managing Director of SkyPower Services MENA and Chief Executive Officer, SkyPower Global Group of Companies, stated: “The most critical factor in achieving the quintessential energy transition to renewables, is the ability to access financing and financial instruments that provide the capacity to accelerate the speed in which deployment of renewables like solar can be made.

“SkyPower is proud to announce today that ECI and their forward thinking leadership, driven by the unwavering pursuit of a more sustainable world, have aligned with SkyPower, and embraced the UAE’S vision, to accelerate and sustain national economic diversification by deploying, innovative and focused export credit, financing and insurance solutions which shall serve as a critical catalyst for the necessary rapid implementation of renewables ensuring a brighter and more sustainable future for all.”

As the UAE’s Federal export credit company, ECI is dedicated to strengthening the position of the UAE as a global leader in sustainable development by assisting the UN in achieving it’s goals of developing resilient infrastructure, fostering inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and encouraging innovation and partnerships with visionary global companies like SkyPower.

ECI has been involved in multiple programs aimed to achieve sustainability goals over the years. In January this year, ECI partnered with Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s Future Energy Company, in order to support investment in renewable projects that aim to reduce carbon emissions.

This agreement entails the exploration for establishing political and commercial risk insurance solutions to improve bankability and attract cheaper capital to Masdar’s renewables projects locally and globally.

Another major project demonstrating ECI’s sustainability development vision is its collaboration with Emirates Waste to Energy Company – a joint venture between Bee’ah and Masdar, to develop the UAE’s first solar landfill project in Sharjah to promote the Emirate’s renewable energy generation capacity.

It incorporates technology to generate energy from waste, making it affordable and accessible for developing nations. Through various undertakings like these, ECI strives to support the UAE leaders’ vision of creating sustainable communities that will present a better and peaceful world for the future generation.