We aim to be the voice of all energy-focused youth organizations in Europe, enabling youth to lead the European energy transition
Today, there is a lack of youth engagement in energy policy. As youth we have the outside view which is necessary to question the status quo and find solutions to tackle the climate crisis. Additionally, there is a lack of cooperation between youth-led energy organisations and also insufficient understanding of institutions and processes. We built the European Youth Energy Network (EYEN) to fix that.
EYEN is a European network of energy-focused youth organisations from across Europe, whose mission is to place youth at the heart of the European energy transition. How?
Connect energy-focused youth organizations with each other and to actors in the energy sector, both at international and local levels
Disseminate opportunities, share knowledge, develop skills with training programmes and improve the outreach of youth organizations
Empower young energy leaders, facilitating their engagement with national and European governments and their participation in high-level debates
We are passionate and experienced in the European energy sector and in youth engagement. After participating in the 10th Clean Energy Ministerial as youth delegates, we noticed something was missing. There was a lack of youth participation in high-level debates and ministerial meetings concerning the European energy transition. In order to change this, we decided to found EYEN.
EYEN has been working closely with DG ENER and the UN Major Group for Children and Youth (UNMGCY) via the SDG7 Youth Constituency (SDG7 YC) to establish and develop the network. In June 2020, we helped develop the first ever European Youth Energy Day. We’re taking it further, contributing to the following one within EUSEW2021. Following our Youth Shaping the Climate Pact event in December 2020, we wrote a policy paper on “Gaps and ideas for youth engagement”. Our proposals were received by DG CLIMA, who then invited us to contribute for the Climate Pact. In March 2021, EYEN won the SOLVE THE GAP Hackathon with the EU Policy Hub project.
Find out more about the volunteers behind EYEN: