Supporting skills related to the green construction industry in Gozo
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Malta Intelligent Energy Management Agency (MIEMA) together with the Gozo Business Chamber (GBC) recently hosted a dissemination event in connection with the European projects, BuS.Trainers and STEPPING.
The event focused on the topic of boosting skills related to energy efficiency and green energy in the local construction industry.
Maltese and Gozitan public entities and local stakeholders had the opportunity to exchange experience about sustainable projects in Malta and Europe and get to know about activities linked to building up skills in the construction sector.
The Gozo Business Chamber is partner in the Erasmus + project, BuS.Trainers together with other 10 partners from Europe.
The President of GBC, Mr Joseph Borg in his welcome speech, stressed the importance of adopting a more sustainable and holistic approach in construction, especially with the hectic scenario in which the Maltese construction industry is at the moment.
Other speakers included Architect Edward Scerri of the Gozo Business Chamber, who gave highlights on the Maltese construction industry challenges and Architect Martin Debono of BICC (Building Industry Consultative Council) who presented the benefits of the Skill Card, an initiative promoted by the BICC intended to improve the professional skill’s standards in the construction industry and solve the current climate of skills shortages.
In line with this mission, Jobplus’s representative Jean Pierre Meilaq, gave an introduction on the training initiatives related to the construction sector.
A presentation of Architect Erika Massa from MIEMA about the Interreg MED project, STEPPING, concluded the event.
The STEPPING project involves six European countries and seeks to promote the adoption of a new tendering scheme for the energy retrofit of public buildings, called Energy Performance Contracting (EPC).
The architect highlighted the opportunities for the Maltese energy and construction sectors resulting from the uptake of the EPC contracts, as the creation of new sector companies specialised in the energy retrofitting of buildings (so called ESCOs).
MIEMA and the GBC said that they will be organising more events along the same theme, as well as specific training seminars.