First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement with French energy multinational ENGIE to advance their respective capabilities in financial decarbonization solutions.
The agreement, signed during the COP28 climate conference in the UAE, establishes a framework for collaboration between FAB and ENGIE in several areas related to energy transition and decarbonization.
The agreement builds on the capabilities of the dedicated FAB Carbon Desk, which provides carbon trading and financing options, facilitates strategic carbon-related transactions, and promotes the development of high-quality carbon credits and offsets for corporate and investment banking clients.
Mr. Varun Gujral, CEO of GEMS APAC at ENGIE, said that, “ENGIE is proud to partner with First Abu Dhabi Bank on advancing decarbonization solutions. This MoU marks a significant milestone as ENGIE GEMS (Global Energy Management and Sales) and FAB join forces to strengthen our capabilities in driving the energy transition across the Middle East and beyond. Through the synergy of our institutions, we are committed to supporting our clients on their decarbonization journey, exemplifying our shared dedication to a greener and more resilient future.”
The areas of cooperation within the MoU include derivatives or financing solutions related to energy, carbon, renewables, battery energy storage systems, and green products, and credit risk management in relevant derivative transactions and payment facilities.
According to the statement, it also opens the way to exploring new types of transactions in the future. Specific to carbon markets, FAB and ENGIE expect to enter into spot trading or long-term forward purchase agreements for carbon credits, renewable energy certificates, and other environmental products.
“Market-led solutions, such as trading in high-quality carbon credits, will play an essential role in the UAE, regional and global net-zero transition, providing industries with practical tools for achieving decarbonization targets. FAB is pioneering the use of innovative financial instruments to support decarbonization within our region, building on our leadership in green finance. Our partnership with ENGIE accelerates the growth of the FAB Carbon Desk as part of our Global Markets offering, contributing to our clients’ net zero ambitions,” commented Mr. Sameh Al Qubaisi, Group Head of Global Markets at FAB.