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#youthenergy in Brussels: what we learned from our first big EYEN gathering

“After many months of online working, our biggest wish for 2022 is to organise an EYEN Gathering and to finally meet all our volunteer staff!” Do you still remember the special New Year newsletter of the European Youth Energy Network, in which we looked back at our highlights from 2021 and planned for offline team-power and more in 2022? Well, we did it! We set up a small organising team and then finally…between 31 March and 3 April, close to 20 young energy changemakers from the Secretariat and a part of our Member Organisations came together in Brussels for a… Read More »#youthenergy in Brussels: what we learned from our first big EYEN gathering

The European Year of Youth 2022: EYEN will contribute to long-lasting activities in Europe and its member states

This is big! The EU has designated 2022 the European Year of Youth (EYY), as announced by President von der Leyen in her 2021 State of the Union Address and following the political agreement between the European Parliament and the Council. The Commission will coordinate throughout 2022 a range of activities in close contact with the European Parliament, the Member States, regional and local authorities, youth organisations and young people themselves. The initiatives being developed under the European Year of Youth will be supported by €8 million from Erasmus+ and the European Solidarity Corps. The promise of new opportunities for… Read More »The European Year of Youth 2022: EYEN will contribute to long-lasting activities in Europe and its member states

How EYEN hacked energy and communication challenges at the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2021

Turning the EU Green Deal into reality is a tricky task. Organising a European hackathon in your free time in a pandemic also is, but EYEN did it and spoke in Brussels at the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW)! So how did we get there?   The European Youth Energy Network (EYEN) co-organised the – online – European Youth Energy Communication Hackathon – on 25-27 October to work on solutions to enhance consumer engagement with renewables and energy efficiency.  Effective communication is a lead character towards the energy transition in a constantly changing landscape of energy, and it could play a much bigger role, if its potential… Read More »How EYEN hacked energy and communication challenges at the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2021

The European Youth Energy Network goes COP26: youth engagement and aha-moments between urban energy transition, zombie carbon credits & human community

Impressive! Just one year after the construction start of EYEN, we joined the much-awaited UN climate conference COP26 in Glasgow and we are here today to tell you a special story.  (hint: want to find out more about COPs, the official youth constituency & how to get engaged? Then jump to the end of the article!)  On 13 November, one day later than scheduled, the conference finally ended with a deal, though a very weak one. The conference was a huge failure for keeping the 1.5C temperature limit alive, as the leading Italian news agency reported after an interview with… Read More »The European Youth Energy Network goes COP26: youth engagement and aha-moments between urban energy transition, zombie carbon credits & human community

Citizen’s Perspective On The Urban Energy Transition: Youth-Led Event On The Road Towards COP26

Driven by climate change and public pressure, the engagement of city governments has continued to grow in the past few years. EYEN, the umbrella organisation and European network of energy-focused youth organisations placing youth at the heart of the European energy transition partnered up with REN21, Young leaders in Energy and Sustainability Europe, Young Energy Specialists and Development Co-operation (YES-DC), BRICS Youth Energy Agency and Student Energy to launch the event to accelerate this transformation process. The ambition behind it: incentivise collaboration between cities of different regions and increase the awareness of citizens. Lea Ranalder (Project Manager, REN21 – Renewable… Read More »Citizen’s Perspective On The Urban Energy Transition: Youth-Led Event On The Road Towards COP26