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⚡️2023 Wrapped: EYEN’s top solutions for youth in energy

⚡️2023 Wrapped: EYEN’s top solutions for youth in energy

Our 2023 milestones, the Energy Transition Careers Compass, EYEF2023, and new opportunities for 2024!

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Dear reader, welcome back to the European Youth Energy Network! In this special edition, our newsletter wishes you a happy new year with EYEN’s milestones of 2023 🎯

Learn about the Energy  Transition Careers Compass – empowering youth to discover careers in the energy transition, our year of research on young energy consumers, the European Youth Energy Forum of 2023 and EYEN’s other solutions for youth in energy 🎊🎊 Check out our plans for 2024 below👇 and join us in the new year in one of our open positions! 
 

 PS. Don’t forget to give us your feedback on EYEN’s newsletter with this short survey!  📝

Unwrapping EYEN’s 2023 🎁🎄

EYEN grows & establishes task forces 📈🚀

Our volunteers’ stories, competences and ambitions define how big of an impact we can make, and how far our voices can reach. 🚀 That’s why at the beginning of this year, we welcomed new volunteers & established new task forces, focusing on topics of pressing relevance for youth in the energy transition: the Young Energy Consumers task force, and the COP28 task force with its Energy Transition Careers Compass (ETCC) online tool. Plus, a dedicated team started preparing our flagship event, EYEF2023. 

Brussels hosts EYEN’s second gathering 🏙️

What can you do with 2.5. days and a young team passionate about the energy transition? A lot! ✨🎉 Last June, the Secretariat and the Board of our Federation hosted its second-ever gathering in Brussels for its teams & task forces, discussed and aligned on the future and the present of the organisation. Through team-building workshops, we shared and listened to old and new colleagues, visited and exchanged with the EU institutions, whose engagement in youth and the energy transition is so important. 🤝

EYEN powers youth engagement
at the European Sustainable Energy Week ♻️💡

Through 2023, EYEN continued its partnership with the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), the yearly event on renewables & efficient energy use organised by the EU Commission and energy stakeholders.

At EUSEW we connected with professionals & EU institutions and participated in the Commission’s European Youth Energy Day, which invited the first cohort of 30 Young Energy Ambassadors. Their own proposals to shape the clean energy transition were presented on the last day of EUSEW (rewatch here!) 📸 

🤝This year, EYEN is contributing to the European Sustainable Energy Week for the 3rd year in a row, to bring youth voices to the heart of one of the main yearly events defining the implementation of the energy transition. 

♻️ We’d really love to see you there! Join us at #EUSEW2024 from the 11th to the 13th of June and build knowledge & connections at the policy conference and at the Energy Fair. Reach out at secretariat@youthenergy.eu if you’d like to co-organise a policy session with youth speakers, and apply until 1st February for the 2024 EUSEW Awards! 

Discover more opportunities at #EUSEW2024 🌱

Making young energy consumers heard
at the 15th Citizens’ Energy Forum 🏛📊

👉 Did you know that youth is an often neglected vulnerable group when it comes to energy consumers’ policies? We have set out to change this. Since the creation of the Young Energy Consumers task force back in April, the team has been working with the clear objective of making young energy consumers more visible in energy consumer policies in the EU (check out their story for more!). 🚀

Their first focus of the task force was energy poverty, a topic that is particularly important for a just transition, and to ensure no one is left behind. After almost a year of research & cooperation with stakeholders, the team presented its findings and their solutions at the 15th Citizens Energy Forum in Dublin. Find out more on energy poverty’s impact on youth, government policies & good practices in their report! 📑

Read the report on young energy consumers 📑

#EYEF2023: presenting 6 solutions
for youth engagement in the energy sector 🦜

How do you create the space for youth to voice its opinion on the energy transition and collaborate with energy stakeholders towards concrete action? EYEN has been doing it since 2022 by organising its yearly European Youth Energy Forum (EYEF). Cause for the European energy transition to be just & inclusive, it needs to accommodate the needs and participatory rights of all. 

Last November, EYEF gathered 40 young energy professionals of 30 nationalities at📍Fraunhofer Energy & Climate in Berlin with one goal: reviewing 6 solutions for better youth engagement in the energy sector out of the 12 developed during #EYEF2022. 📝  Youth, who are key actors in shifting the current paradigm and conventional procedures – with engagement, knowledge, legitimacy and diversity.

During the online work preceding the event, and the 3-day conference in Berlin, stakeholders such as Statkraft, the European Commission, the German Federal Ministry for Economics and Climate Action, the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, the German Renewable Energy Agency and Elia took the stage with participants 🎤and helped them design concrete roadmaps stakeholders are called on to implement across the education, policy-making and private sectors. 

A sneak peek at (some) EYEF2023 proposals to boost youth in energy 🚀

🏛 The European Youth Energy Hub: a one stop shop for Youth Energy Engagement, is designed to deal with the need for skilled workers (a potential 270% increase compared to current jobs in energy) and the current fragmentation of the information on opportunities within the European clean energy sector. This labour and skills gap can be addressed by creating a comprehensive website for youth to discover civic engagement, educational and vocational, employment opportunities, and allow them to make an informed decision about future life choices.

🎓 EmpowerED – the University Module for Student-Led Energy Transition Workshops for high school pupils – codifies a syllabus for a module for third-level institutions and addresses the gap in knowledge about climate and energy related topics across youth. EmpowerED encourages intergenerational dialogue surrounding energy by having university students teach the module, and creates an inclusive space for orientation & education.

👉 Curious to know more? Find EYEF’s proposals for Youth NEETs Just Energy Transition Trainings, the European Youth Energy Council, the National Talent Pool for Blue Collar Workers within the Energy Sector and Work Study Programs in the Energy Sector in the position paper 📑

#EYEF2023: the position paper is out! 📝

Rewatch: 6 solutions for youth in energy 💻

Reach out at eyef@youthenergy.eu if you’re an organisation or individual (to join an EYEN  team) willing to contribute to the implementation of one of the six proposals. 

The Energy Transition Careers Compass
launches at COP28 🧭

EYEN brought solutions to the discussions at 2023’s climate conference – COP28 –  in Dubai 🌱At the summit’s side events, our COP28 Task Force launched the Energy Transition Careers Compass (ETCC), the comprehensive digital tool for energy careers. Discover what we brought to COP28 👇 & more on the ETCC through the project’s booklet!

🎯The COP28 task force launched the Energy Transition Careers Compass at an official UNESCO side event, in a panel with youth representatives and researchers from the Global South and the Global North 🌍

🎯EYEN hosted its side event at the COP28 Finnish Pavillon on the impact of global energy targets (between renewables  & energy efficiency) and how to empower youth to reach those targets 🌱 with speakers from the private and public sector, energy companies and operators, a network of local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development and many more! 🎤

🎯 EYEN co-organised its first  networking event with +40 youth from all over the world, and called for international cooperation among youth organisations for the deployment of solutions to bridge the skills gap in the energy transition 📊

🧭 The Energy Transition Careers Compass (ETCC) empowers youth to discover careers in the energy transition, and grows the energy transition workforce. 

🚀 The permanently growing online platform – developed by EYEN & Green Jobs Tree – addresses the need for more skilled workers in the energy transition (more than 30 million jobs could be created in clean energy by 2030!). It makes it easier for young people and professionals in transition to identify their career path by mapping a diversity of job roles across the green energy ecosystem, giving insights into the required skills.

👉 You work in the sustainable energy sector and care about solutions? Contribute to the project with this 5 minute survey on green energy jobs and reach out to careerscompass@youthenergy.eu if you’d like to know more!

Take me to the online platform 🧭

What would you love to see here? 📝

At EYEN, we’re a work in progress and we’re proud of it. 📈This is why this month we are opening a survey to improve our newsletter: what opportunities, events, news and content from the world of energy + youth would you like to see? 

Answer our short questions and help us get better! ✍️

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Unlock 200+ energy careers: Energy Transition Careers Compass launches at COP28 🚀

Unlock 200+ energy careers: Energy Transition Careers Compass launches at COP28 🚀

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Dear reader, welcome back to our network! This month, discover:
🌱 EYEN launches the Energy Transition Careers Compass at COP28
🦜 EYEF2023: presenting 6 solutions for meaningful youth engagement
🏛  Young Energy Consumers at the 15th Citizens’ Energy Forum
🚀 Bundesverband Junge Energie: call for young participants to E-World
📚 Read of the month: YES-Europe’s Women in Energy Transition series 
 

P.S. Don’t forget to give us your feedback on EYEN’s newsletter with this short survey!

 Stories from youth & energy 📑

EYEN presents the *new* Energy Transition
Careers Compass at COP28🌱🧭

This year’s climate conference – COP28 – is taking place in Dubai from November 30 to December 12 and EYEN is bringing solutions to the discussions 🧳 Over the last months, our COP28 Task Force has been working hard to ensure that energy transition careers are part of the annual conference that brings representatives (and youth!) from all over the world to discuss climate mitigation and adaptation. What is happening in these two intense weeks? 💭 

✅ The official launch of the Energy Transition Careers Compass (ETCC) 🧭, the online tool empowering youth and professionals to discover careers in the energy transition. By 2030, a total of more than 30 million jobs could be created in clean energy, efficiency and low-emissions technologies (according to IEA reports). But — growing demand is meeting with skilled labour shortages, and young people face uncertainty in identifying their role within this landscape. We are here to help 🤝. The permanently growing platform maps a diversity of job roles across the green energy ecosystem, giving insights into different careers available, required skills and a description with more info. Want to have a look? You can find our platform at Green Jobs Tree – our tech partner – just click on energy! 

✅ 3 high-level side events with key speakers across sectors 🎤 – because youth needs to be considered as a relevant stakeholder group in the roundtables, and the capacity of the youth workforce in the energy transition  boosted (featuring concrete data 📈, essential green skills and solutions!). Key event partner: YES-Europe (Young leaders in Energy and Sustainability), and more.

✅ Lots of international connections with global stakeholders for trust, long lasting collaborations & implementing solutions for a better energy transition (reach out to us at careerscompass@youthenergy.eu for info on the project, and at info@youthenergy.eu for general questions ✉️). 

Together, we can grow the energy transition workforce and empower youth. Contribute to the project with this 5 minute survey on green energy jobs, if you work in the sustainable energy sector. Find out more about the Energy Transition Careers Compass on our website and check out the project’s booklet below👇(for more on our partners, the ETCC task force, their goals, and the way they are are working to make a difference in the energy sector) ✅ 

Discover the ETCC booklet 📖

COP28 & the Energy Transition Careers Compass: in the words of representatives of the COP28 Task Force

Federica Matone, a Public Policy Master’s student at Sciences Po Paris, is an incoming intern at the UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa. After completing a UN Secretariat internship in climate communication, she joined the EYEN COP28 Task Force to enhance COP28 side events, and work in networking and youth engagement in the energy sector.

“From COP28, I expect a renewed emphasis on integrating youth perspectives at the forefront of climate action and the energy transition. By presenting the Energy Transition Careers Compass as an instrument to build energy transition careers, we hope to empower the next generation, enabling them to play a pivotal role in driving the energy transition and guiding us towards a sustainable and resilient future.”

Aretina Stefani earned her Law Degree from Queen Mary University of London and is currently pursuing an LLM in Energy and Climate Law at the University of Groningen. In 2021, she interned at the Centre for Environmental Law Education Research and Advocacy in India, and represented the European Law Students Association in the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development of 2021. She attended COY17 and EYEF2022. 

“From COP28, I expect a paradigm shift in the way we think about the energy transition. It is not enough to decarbonise existing systems, we must address how people access and consume energy, who has ownership and control over its production, and what makes people feel empowered towards generating energy in a fair and inclusive way. To truly achieve a net-zero future, we need a global response to the unjust divide in the policy mindset and to restructure our energy systems with hands-on solutions.”

Pedro is a European Funds Specialist at EDP, a global energy company. Supported by a background in Environmental Engineering and Public Policy, he oversees diverse global projects, managing various stakeholders, and closely monitoring different energy policies. He can often be found attending energy conferences, a passion that he now balances with his role as a Content Manager at the Energy Transition Careers Compass. 

“There is a growing emphasis on two themes in anticipation of COP28: the main review of the Paris Agreement since its creation back in 2015, the Global Stocktake, and the theme of Loss and Damage. We want the news to cover a third highlight post-COP: the Energy Transition Careers Compass.”

Take me to the Energy Transition Careers Compass 🧭

 #EYEF2023: presenting
6 solutions for meaningful youth engagement  🦜

Since 2022, EYEN organises the European Youth Energy Forum with the mission of creating the space for youth to voice its opinion and collaborate with energy stakeholders towards concrete action.

The first edition in Lisbon gathered 45 young participants and resulted in concrete proposals for meaningful youth engagement in the European energy transition, presented to EU and Portuguese officials. The second edition of EYEF has just happened in Berlin: find out everything about it below in our special report from behind the scenes! 🍿👇

How do you connect the voice of youth in the European energy transition? We did it with 40 young energy professionals at📍Fraunhofer Energy & Climate in Berlin and one goal: reviewing 6 solutions for better youth engagement in the energy sector.

👉 In the two months leading up to the in-person event, participants collaborated in 6 groups – one dedicated to each proposal – to create a step-by-step shareable roadmap for stakeholders to implement the solutions in their organisations, companies or institutions:

🎯 The creation of a Youth Energy Council 
🎯 Energy transition workshops for high school students
🎯 One-stop-shop for youth energy engagement
🎯 Just Energy Transition Trainings 
🎯 Work-study programmes
🎯 National Talent Pool for blue collar workers in the energy sector

🤝 In Berlin, they finalised their work with the help of experts from the private and public sector like Statkraft, the European Commission, the German Federal Ministry for Economics and Climate Action, the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI), the German Renewable Energy Agency (AEE) and Elia. In different formats, stakeholders from the energy sector joined our three-day discussions, from 31 October to 3 November, and took the stage 🎤 with the participants. 

But #EYEF2023 is not over yet: keep an eye on our social media, as this year’s position paper will be published soon 📝 In the meantime, you can rewatch the closing livestream with us to see the 6 proposal teams present our concrete solutions on stage 📺 👉 and reach out if you’d like to help us organise the next European Youth Energy Forum!

Rewatch: 6 concrete solutions for youth engagement 📑📺

Young Energy Consumers
at the 15th Citizens’ Energy Forum 📣

🏛 In April 2023, EYEN created the Young Energy Consumers (YEC) Task Force with an ambitious goal: making young energy consumers more visible in EU policy at a time when they are seriously underrepresented (see our story for more!)

📚Over the last months, the YEC Task Force has built knowledge on youth as an energy consumer group in Europe and the specific topic of energy poverty, collaborated & presented its findings to stakeholders such as the Energy Poverty Advisory Hub (EPAH) and the European Commission.

📝 On the 8th of November, the Task Force presented its statement to the 15th Citizens’ Energy Forum in Dublin, the yearly event organised by the European Commission and the Irish Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) to create a bridge between stakeholders involved in EU energy consumption. 

A sneak-peek into the YEC Task Force’s findings 👇 📑

📊 Young energy consumers (18-35 years old) earn an average monthly salary ranging from 1400 to 1600 euros a month. They predominantly live in rented homes, which have low energy efficiency ratings (classes C-E).

🌡They can be considered as extremely vulnerable to energy poverty because of their reduced disposable income and substandard housing, often with poor insulation, and lacking access to affordable energy services.

❌ No country has implemented specific energy policies tailored to address the unique needs of youth. Youth is not classified as a vulnerable group, and data on youth experiencing energy poverty remains scarce.

🚀 Read the Task Force’s statement to discover our concrete proposals to address energy poverty in youth: from landlord mandates and special incentives, to enhanced youth participation and increased research on youth as a fundamental stakeholder group in the energy sector 🤝 

Rewatch the live stream to find out more 💻

Check out the project’s dedicated page 📊

EYEN elects Governing Board 📣
& welcomes new member organisation 🏛

🚀 Our network is growing! EYEN’s latest General Assembly on the 15th of November reunited all our member organisations to connect on the network’s achievements for 2023 and think about the future of EYEN. 💭
 
👏👏 For starters, the organisation elected new officials in our Governing Board, which officially represents and manages the federation and is now composed by Federico Barbieri (President), Carlotta Ferri (Vice-President), Jonas Henke (Treasurer), and Marco Gervasi (EYEN Development). 🌱They will be supported by our incoming Advisory Board, which provides strategic advice on our activities and all aspects of the work of the organisation (nominees to be appointed soon, upon confirmation!)

With the last General Assembly, we also welcomed a new member organisation: the Young Energy Professionals Forum. 🎊🎊🎊

👉 The YEP Forum is a community of over 2000 members at Energy UK – from analysts to engineers and many more – that promotes and inspires the next generation of energy industry leaders, providing opportunities to connect, develop, and recognise success. The Forum runs events and initiatives that covers the whole spectrum of the energy sector, offers insights on pressing issues and career perspectives. Curious? Check out their website for more >

In the next year, they will work towards EYEN’s strategic objectives:
🎯Empower and create spaces for youth to act in the energy transition
🎯Connect youth with stakeholders and coordinate efforts 
🎯Advocate for youth in sustainable energy and reshape youth engagement

📈Want to know more about how we’re going to get there? Stay tuned to follow EYEN’s journey towards meaningful youth engagement in the European energy transition and in the meantime, check out our story and our objectives 📸

 News from the broader network 🌍

Bundersverband Junge Energie
invites  youth participants to E-World 🌊💡

Bundesverband Junge Energie e.V. (BJE) was established in 2018 as an organisation dedicated to fostering student initiatives in the energy industry and its sustainability based in Aachen, Germany, and became a member of EYEN in July 2022. Since its founding, the organisation has been growing steadily, and had very intense last year – packed with discussions with businesses, stakeholders, and a renewed board! 🌱

👉 BJE represents the voice of youth at Germany’s main energy sector conferences, and this December it is inviting young participants to participate to E-World, the leading European trade fair for the energy and water industries organised by Messe Essen and con|energy and taking place from the 20th to the 22nd of February in Essen, Germany.

The fair is the perfect place to get to know more about core topics such as energy generation, efficiency, trade, transport, storage and green technologies, connect & collaborate on innovative solutions for the energy transition and participate to the fair’s career day. ♻️📑 

📣 For more information and to express your interest, contact BJE at leonard.riemer@youthenergy.eu and discover the Conference’s Programme! 📝

📚 A sneak peek into our read of the month 📚

The latest interview series “Women in the Energy Transition” by our member organisation YES-Europe is dedicated to shining a spotlight on women and their invaluable contribution to the energy transition.

For their first article, the YES-Europe team interviewed Helena Dalli, the European Commissioner for Equality. Her crucial role involves championing gender equality, and spearheading policies that emphasise non-discrimination, diversity, and inclusion throughout the European Union.

Find out more on gender imbalance in the energy sector, its negative impacts on society and economic growth, and Commission-led initiatives dedicated to reaching gender equality at YES-Europe. 🚀

What would you love to see here? 📝

At EYEN, we’re a work in progress and we’re proud of it. 📈This is why this month we are opening a survey to improve our newsletter: what opportunities, events, news and content from the world of energy + youth would you like to see? 

Answer our short questions and help us get better! ✍️

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It’s not too late: join #EYEF Day 1 now 🚀

It’s not too late: join #EYEF Day 1 now 🚀

Join our yearly event connecting the voice of youth in the European energy transition!

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#EYEF2023 is live! 💻🦜

Join the livestream now 🚀

#EYEF2023 is kicking off! 🎊🎊  What to expect today? 🚀

👉It’s not too late to join us! At 9:30, discover the INTEGER PROJECT presented by Fraunhofer, and AEE – the German Renewables Energy Agency. The project looks into different forms of participation processes in the energy transition and how to best engage people in different energy sectors like solar, wind and hydrogen, and includes youth by “future workshops” to determine how they see their role in the energy transition. ♻️

In 2022, EYEN organised the European Youth Energy Forum with the mission to create the space for youth to voice its opinion and collaborate with energy stakeholders towards better youth engagement. The event in Lisbon and the pre-event working sessions gathered 45 young participants to draft a position paper, which included 12 concrete proposals for meaningful youth engagement in the European energy transition, and was presented to EU and Portuguese officials. 

👉 This year, EYEF is moving to Berlin, hosted by Fraunhofer ENIQ from the 31st October to the 3rd November, in partnership with the European Energy Network, the German Energy Agency (DENA), Fraunhofer CINES (Cluster of Excellence Integrated Energy Systems) and sponsored by the electric utility company E-ON, the transmission system operator Elia Group and Statkraft, Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy.

🍿Behind the scenes, the 2-months online journey has started in September for our 50 participants, who have been busy reviewing last year’s youth engagement proposals and creating a step-by-step sharable roadmap for stakeholders to implement the proposals in their organisations, companies or institutions.

With an eye on feasibility and impact, participants have been improving and finalising six youth engagement proposals 📝 that are at the centre of this year’s event: 

🎯The creation of a Youth Energy Council
🎯Energy transition workshops for high school students
🎯One-stop-shop for youth energy engagement 
🎯Just Energy Transition Trainings
🎯Work-study programmes 
🎯National talent pool for blue collar workers in the energy sector  

Join us live from Berlin for keynote speeches from leading stakeholders – in education, the private energy sector, and policy – best practices & proposals for youth in energy, and concrete roadmaps for the implementation of the proposals 🤝

What would you love to see here? 📝

At EYEN, we’re a work in progress and we’re proud of it. 📈This is why this month we are opening a survey to improve our newsletter: what opportunities, events, news and content from the world of energy + youth would you like to see? 

Answer our short questions and help us get better! ✍️

Did you receive this newsletter from a friend? Feel free to subscribe yourself, spread it further and follow our network’s activities with our linktree!

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💻LIVE in 3 days: the European Youth Energy Forum 2023 🦜

💻LIVE in 3 days: the European Youth Energy Forum 2023 🦜

EYEF live from Berlin, follow the journey of the Young Energy Consumers Task Force & discover green jobs with #ReskillEU!

Connect. Advocate. Empower.
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Dear reader, welcome back to our network! This month, discover: 

🦜 EYEF2023: join live in just three days from Berlin!
🚉 Making young energy consumers visible: the YEC Task Force 
🤝Join us at #ReskillEU: the event on new jobs for energy in Europe
📣 Big thanks to EYEN’s first Advisory Board

P.S. Give us your feedback on EYEN’s newsletter with this short survey!

Stories from energy & youth engagement 🚀

EYEF2023: live in just three days! 💻🌍

Only a few days before our yearly event on youth in the energy transition kicks off! 🎊🎊 In 2022, EYEN organised the European Youth Energy Forum with the mission to create the space for youth to voice its opinion and collaborate with energy stakeholders towards better youth engagement. The event in Lisbon and the pre-event working sessions gathered 45 young participants to draft a position paper, which included 12 concrete proposals for meaningful youth engagement in the European energy transition, and was presented to EU and Portuguese officials. 

👉 This year, EYEF is moving to Berlin, where it will be hosted by Fraunhofer ENIQ from the 31st October to the 3rd November, in partnership with the European Energy Network, the German Energy Agency (DENA), Fraunhofer CINES (Cluster of Excellence Integrated Energy Systems) and sponsored by the electric utility company E-ON, the transmission system operator Elia Group and Statkraft, Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy.

🍿Behind the scenes, the 2-months online journey has started in September for our 50 participants, who have been busy reviewing last year’s youth engagement proposals and creating a step-by-step sharable roadmap for stakeholders to implement the proposals in their organisations, companies or institutions.

With an eye on feasibility and impact, participants have been improving and finalising six youth engagement proposals 📝 that will be at the centre of this year’s event: 

🎯The creation of a Youth Energy Council
🎯Energy transition workshops for high school students
🎯One-stop-shop for youth energy engagement 
🎯Just Energy Transition Trainings
🎯Work-study programmes 
🎯National talent pool for blue collar workers in the energy sector  

Join us live from Berlin for keynote speeches from leading stakeholders – in education, the private energy sector, and policy – best practices & proposals for youth in energy, and concrete roadmaps for the implementation of the proposals 🤝

Join the livestream on 31st October at 9:00 CET🚀

How to make young energy consumers visible? 
The journey of the YEC Task Force💡🚉

We have got news from one of our latest projects: the Young Energy Consumers Task Force is presenting its research results! 📣  Since the creation of the Task Force in April, they have been working with the clear objective of making young energy consumers more visible in EU policy, between shedding light on their challenges and providing success examples for their inclusion. 

Find out more about their story, their key findings and their upcoming presentation at the 15th Citizens’ Energy Forum in Dublin 👇 

🚉 Let’s travel back to November 2022, to the 14th Citizens’ Energy Forum, the yearly event organised by the European Commission and the Irish Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) to create a bridge between stakeholders involved in EU energy consumption. At the event, Carlotta Ferri – Vice President of EYEN – spoke about the lack of inclusion of youth in energy consumer policies and the neglected challenges & needs of young energy consumers. She raised awareness on how youth’s lack of education, financial resources and opportunities limit the impact that people can have as proactive consumers. 

👉 Carlotta’s speech was eye-opening to the audience of consumer organisations, which made EYEN realise that young energy consumers were seriously underrepresented at the EU level. 🌱 To create a background in knowledge on the topic of young energy consumers in Europe, in April 2023, EYEN established the Young Energy Consumers Task Force, which aims at becoming a recognised, legitimate and official advocacy body giving a voice to young energy consumers. 

In September 2023, the task force was represented by policy analyst Halina Jagielska at the Annual Conference of the Energy Poverty Advisory Hub (EPAH), the leading EU initiative to eradicate energy poverty at the local level. Her presentation highlighted that even though most countries are increasingly concerned by energy poverty in youth, very limited data on the topic is available and no country classifies youth as a vulnerable group. To create adequate policies, we need more information on young energy consumers and their specific situations. 📝

On the 23rd of October, EYEN’s President Federico Barbieri participated in the launch of the European Commission Recommendation & Staff Working document on energy poverty on behalf of our organisation. The meeting was opened by Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders and Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson, and participants signed the renewal of joint common principles for enhanced consumer protection during the winter. 📝

📊 And now, after almost a year of research & cooperations with stakeholders, the Young Energy Consumers Task Force is presenting its findings at the 15th Citizens’ Energy Forum on the 9th November 2023, 9:00 – 16:00 CET 🎊🎊 Check out the event’s agenda and join us live upon registration!

A sneak-peek into our research findings👇📚

🧐Lack of policies in the EU that address energy poverty & youth
📊Major lack of data on young energy consumers
🌱Young people can be considered as extremely vulnerable to energy poverty because of their reduced disposable income and substandard housing, poorly insulated and lacking access to affordable energy services. 

Our recommendations to policymakers range from landlord mandates and special incentives to enhanced youth participation and increased research on youth & energy poverty. 🤝

Register for the 15th Citizens Energy Forum 📺

And while November comes… get to know the people that make the task force a place of personal and professional growth, discovery, and (also) fun! 🎉 What are their most urgent issues as young energy consumers? Find out below 👇

Giulia Staffetti has a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering and has always been fascinated by energy topics. She is currently working for a major energy company in the hydrogen sector.

In April 2023, she joined EYEN and has since been working together with the YEC Task Force Team to ensure that young people are at the forefront of energy discussions and solutions.

“As a young energy consumer, one of the most pressing issues is increasing the access to affordable energy efficiency solutions. This can help in reducing utility bills and support the transition to cleaner energy. While costs for renewable energy tech like solar panels and efficient appliances are declining, they remain out of reach for many, and younger people especially may struggle with upfront costs, as most live in rented properties where homeowners are not incentivising to fund upgrades.”

Dr Zenan Ahmed is currently employed as a Senior Energy and Sustainability Engineer at WSP in the UK. Her professional interests revolve around the intersection of energy, sustainability, and data. She has previously held roles at Swansea University as a researcher and worked as an Energy Pricing, Forecasting and Trading Analyst at an energy company in the UK.

“We want to be in control of our choices by leveraging smart technologies and inclusive solutions that cater to our specific problems. This can only be achieved through youth engagement in regulatory and policy development discussions. To address energy poverty in youth – which is often overlooked – a comprehensive and multi-faceted approach is essential to empower the current generation in areas like education, employment and technology. This approach will have a direct bearing on mitigating energy poverty, recognising that these young individuals will play a pivotal role in shaping our future world.”

#Reskill EU: join the event for new jobs
in energy and transport in Europe 📈

Did you know that today the renewables energy sector needs over 1.2 million skilled workers? And that this number is set to increase annually until 2050? 🧐

👉This tells us that to move the energy transition forward, we need to understand which skills to develop and train professionals accordingly. As part of this effort, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and DG Research & Innovation are hosting the one-day conference #ReskillEU in Brussels & online on the 8th of November 2023. Policy-makers, researchers and stakeholders will discuss the need for new skills in the areas of clean energy, how to attract the best (young!) talent in the energy sector and ensure the development of necessary knowledge in green skills. ♻️

On the “Sustainable Energy” panel (14:30 – 16:00 CET), task force coordinator Marco Gervasi will present EYEN’s project to build energy transition careers – the Energy Transition Careers Compass (find out more below!)👇 

Register for the event to follow the livestream from Brussels and celebrate with us the  European Year of Skills (opportunities and free training here!) which supports skills-related activities across the EU 🚀

What’s the Energy Transition Careers Compass? 🧭

✅ a global questionnaire mapping job roles in the energy transition
✅ an online tool (coming soon!) – with a visual interface to click through categories, roles and skills to make informed decisions on your future sustainable energy career
✅ an ambitious goal of growing the energy transition workforce and ensuring youth representation.

If you are working in energy, we need your support to make the compass grow: contribute to a wide data collection on possible energy transition career paths, by completing the short questionnaire! 📝

Take me to the careers questionnaire 🚀

Big thanks to EYEN’s First Advisory Board 📣

EYEN’s Advisory Board supports EYEN by providing strategic advice on our activities and all aspects of the work of the organisation. Last year, after our official establishment as an organisation, we were proud to appoint our 1st Advisory Board ever, made up of people who greatly contributed to EYEN’s present and future: 

🔸Helen Watts, Executive Director at Student Energy
🔸Miguel Mosca, Ex-Vice President at EYEN & Global Private Sector Lead at BABLE 
🔸Riccardo Toxiri, Programme Officer & Governance Support Officer at International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
🔸Tammy Maier, Founder of One Climate Action
🔸Beniamin Strzelecki, Ex-Global Focal Point at SDG7 Youth Constituency 

Since their mandate will come to an end before New Year, we already want to thank them for their help, for supporting EYEN with their experience, networks and perspectives, and for their long-lasting friendship with our organisation. 🎊

Take a journey into energy & youth engagement with EYEN’s story 📸
Get to know our team of young energy changemakers 🤝

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Navigate energy careers with EYEN’s new Energy Transition Careers Compass 🚀

Navigate energy careers with EYEN’s new Energy Transition Careers Compass 🚀

Building careers in energy, discovering #EYEF2023 and the participant’s stories, WSED & SCEESD Calls for papers!

Connect. Advocate. Empower.
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Dear reader, welcome back to our network! This month, discover: 

🏛Task forces in action: the Energy Transition Careers Compass 
🚀Behind the scenes of the 2023 European Youth Energy Forum 
🏆CALL FOR PAPERS: Young Energy Researchers Conference & Awards
📣CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 11th SCEESD’s Annual Conference

Scroll for our monthly read: YES-Europe on the implications of the European Union’s Carbon Market Adjustment Mechanism for the Western Balkan Countries 📚 & don’t forget to give us your feedback on EYEN’s newsletter! 

Stories from energy & youth engagement 🚀

Task Force in action:
the Energy Transition Careers Compass 🧭

Back in April 2023, we announced some big news! 🎉🎉 The EYEN team was growing, with the establishment of the COP28 Task Force. After a few months, that Task Force turned into the Energy Transition Careers Compass Project. The project was born from the necessity of preparing for the next COP (and more!) by working on one of the most pressing topics for youth & energy: building careers in the energy transition.  

And why the Energy Transition Careers Compass? 🚀
✔️ Because change is more than engineering 🤝 and together with can address the skills gap in the sector that could grow by 30 million jobs by 2030.
✔️Because youth deserves to get a better insight into the different career paths available, to make informed decisions about education & career choices.
✔️Because as an international youth-led network, we want to ensure youth representation in all job roles for sustainable energy.

The Energy Transition Careers Compass 🧭 is a new project of the European Youth Energy Network, created to provide youth with the possibility of discovering careers in the energy transition. 

The online tool that our dedicated task force is developing includes career paths for different competences: we cared about making it accessible, comprehensive and inclusive, with sectors ranging from research and development to installation, operation and maintenance, policy and roles in civil society, youth advocacy and NGOs. 🌱

The Energy Transition Careers Compass is travelling the word! 🌍 On the 12th of August, the task force was invited by the youth-led association Young Energy Specialists and Development Co-Operation (YES-DC) to present its project in the context of the International Youth Day, themed “Green Skills for Youth: Towards A Sustainable World.” In the panel, Marco Gervasi, coordinator of the project, and Deogratias Mbaz – founder of Assure Uganda – affirmed the necessity for more clearness in describing to youth the different energy transition pathways and the competences needed to join the transition’s workforce. 

If you are working in the energy sector, we need your support to make the compass grow: contribute to a wide data collection on possible energy transition career paths, by completing this short questionnaire by the 15th of October! 📝

Take me to the Careers Compass Questionnaire 🚀

🍿 Behind the online scenes🍿
 of the 2023 European Youth Energy Forum!

In 2022, EYEN organised the European Youth Energy Forum with the mission to create the space for youth to voice its opinion and collaborate with energy stakeholders towards better youth engagement. The event in Lisbon and the pre-event working sessions gathered 45 young participants to draft a position paper, which included 12 concrete proposals for meaningful youth participation in the EU’s energy transition.

Since then, our dedicated Implementation Team has worked to broaden the reach of the position paper, which was presented, among others, to European and Portuguese authorities.🏛

👉 This year, EYEF is moving to Berlin, where it will be hosted by Fraunhofer ENIQ from the 30th October to the 3rd November 2023, in partnership with the European Energy Network, the German Energy Agency (DENA), Fraunhofer and sponsored by E-ON – electric utility company, and Elia Group, the Trasmission System Operator.

🍿Behind the scenes, the 2-months online journey has started for our 50 participants, who have been busy since the beginning of September, working on two main objectives:
🎯 Reviewing last year’s youth engagement proposals and updating them, taking into account the feedback from different relevant stakeholders in the European energy sector (present at the event!)
🎯 Creating a step-by-step sharable roadmap for stakeholders to implement the proposals themselves and move towards meaningful youth engagement in their organisations, companies, or institutions. 

But who are the participants of this year’s EYEF and what are their hopes for this edition? Find out below👇P.S. Want to stay updated on our participants’ journey? Don’t forget to subscribe to our Youtube Channel to follow EYEF’s live streaming in October! 📺 

“EYEF felt like a compass to direct me towards the energy change that the EU is going through. When I read last year’s position paper, I felt inspired by the fact that, as youth, we are at the centre of the energy transition. The platform EYEF provides is undoubtedly huge: by teaming up with the entire EYEF team, I expect to expand my horizon and become a part of the energy transition by connecting to like-minded people.”

Yusha Pradhan is an environmental enthusiast, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science, pursuing a Master’s in Water Resources and Environmental Management. 

“What I expect from this year’s EYEF is a comprehensive and clear roadmap that will help Europe harness the creativity and inventiveness of its youth, to power innovation in energy policies and technologies, as well as enhance its productivity for the transition towards a green, resilient and autonomous Europe.” 

Dimitris Symeonidis is the founder of the Decentralised Solutions Global Network, providing integrated services to local communities to transition to energy and agricultural autonomy through decentralised production. He is also an independent advisor in energy policy and geopolitical risk management, a policy leader for YES-Europe, as well as a researcher and Ph.D. Candidate in circular agrifood and energy supply chains at the University of York. 

“EYEF is a special occasion for us young professionals and students in the energy sector to contribute to the quest of increasing youth engagement in the energy transition. I am looking forward to exchange great ideas with my peers, to learn, be inspired, and produce something impactful.”

Jonathan Ngund was born and raised in Cameroon, but has lived in Germany for about 8 years now. He has obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University and is currently at the end of his Master’s Degree in Energy Engineering. Jonathan is working as a research assistant at the University’s energy research centre, and as a software developer for an IT-consulting company.

News from the network 🚀

🏆 [CALL FOR PAPERS] 🏆 
 Young Energy Researchers Conference & Awards 

Are you a young researcher in the fields of energy efficiency or biomass? This year, EYEN is an official promotion partner for the next Young Energy Researchers Conference and Awards, held on 5 March 2024 in Wels – Austria – in the context of the World Sustainable Energy Days (WSED). WSED is the leading annual conference on renewable energy and climate neutrality. It will show how to realise the high policy ambitions of the upcoming EU legislation, and how to strengthen the clean energy markets, by focusing on practical solutions. 🚀

If you work in the conference’s areas, we encourage you to send your paper by the 10th of October 2023, to have the opportunity to interact with other researchers and industry experts from all over the work, be peer-reviewed and receive feedback from a high-level scientific committee, and finally, be considered for the Best Young Energy Researcher Awards with 1000 euros each as prize money. The opportunity is fully funded, as organisers cover the cost of accommodation, meals, participation and local transport for up to 60 selected young researchers.

Discover the Conference’s Programme> 🎉🎉
 Complete call for papers> 
Apply through this form> 📝

📑 [CALL FOR ABSTRACTS] 📑
 11th Annual Student Conference
Energy Efficiency & Sustainable Development ♻️

What are the latest trends in research on power engineering, renewable energy sources, energy efficient materials, zero energy buildings or energy automation? 🧐 

👉 Find out at the Student Conference on Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Development (SCEESD), the annual student conference on energy efficiency and sustainable development that enables the exchange of ideas between students, professors and companies involved in the field. Connect with peers at the 11th edition of the Conference, which will take place at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies in Skopje – North Macedonia – from the 4th to the 6th of December 2023!

And if you are a researcher, professor or a stakeholder in the power industry and want to share your work in these areas, SCEESD has opened its call for papers to be presented at the conference and published in its proceedings. Send your abstract by the 30th of September and your full paper by the 31st of October and take advantage of a unique opportunity to connect with lasting contacts that can lead to future cooperation & professional and personal development. 

Apply to participate to the Conference >  🏛
Find out more on SCEESD>💭
Check out the complete call for papers>📑

📚 A SNEAK-PEEK INTO OUR READING OF THE MONTH: YES-EUROPE 📚

In its latest Policy Brief, titled “Implications of the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism for the Western Balkan Countries” YES-Europe’s Team describes one of the mechanisms at the forefront of the European Green Deal’s implementation: the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism, or CBAM.

What is CBAM and why is it important to know more about it? 🧐
CBAM is a measure to prevent carbon leakage, meaning the situation where, for reasons of costs related to climate policies, businesses may transfer production to other countries with laxer emission constraints. The measure particularly affects companies that import to the EU in high-polluting sectors such as energy and industry (in particular, cement, iron & steel, aluminum, fertilisers, electricity & hydrogen), which will have to pay a price for the emissions connected to their imports.  

How does CBAM affect Western Balkan Countries?
Western Balkan Countries or WB-6 (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia) are not member states of the European Union, and would therefore be affected as importers through CBAM. Taking into account that the WB-6 exports around 6.3 terawatts-hour (TW/h) of electric power to the EU, is it possible to mitigate the effect of CBAM and through which instruments? 

Find out at YES-Europe Policy Brief – August 2023 🗞

What would you love to see here? 📝

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Summer read: news from youth in energy☀️

Summer read: news from youth in energy☀️

Apply as our new Director of Secretariat, meet the partners of the European Youth Energy Forum & discover BJE and Reboot’s work!

Connect. Advocate. Empower.
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Dear reader, welcome back to our network! This month, discover: 

🚀Open call: will you be EYEN’s next Director of Secretariat?
📍EYEN’s gathering in Brussels: 3 facts on EU institutions
♻️ Powering youth inclusion at #EUSEW2023
🦜Meet the partners of the European Youth Energy Forum 
🏛 BJE’s Young Energy Professionals at  the 2023 Congress of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries! 
💡Reboot hosts its Youth Academy on climate change and energy

Scroll for our monthly read: YES-Europe on AI & the energy transition📚

Stories from energy & youth engagement 🚀

We’re looking for our next Director of Secretariat 📑

Are you a passionate student or a young professional, and want to contribute with your skills and curiosity towards a strong youth voice in energy? Then the European Youth Energy Network is the right place for you to thrive! We’re looking for our next Director of Secretariat, a young changemaker ready to lead EYEN’s operational team and work towards fulfilling the network’s mission, by supporting the operations of our teams and task-forces, and representing the network with stakeholders 🤝

The experience is 100% worth it. And this is why 👇
🎯 Lead a dynamic (and fun!) group of international young professionals and students, co-creating the development of an impactful organisation; 
🎯 Learn about the youth involvement in the energy sector and benefit from our network with contacts to a wide range of organisations and institutions; 
🎯 Be part of a project that can fulfil you as a key player in the integration of youth in the energy transition.

👉 Discover more on the Director’s figure and tasks, find out if you could be the person we’re looking for, and apply by sending your motivation and CV to careers@youthenergy.eu 🚀

EYEN’s second gathering in Brussels:
3 facts on EU institutions for your next trip🏙

What can you do with 2.5. days and a young team passionate about the energy transition? A lot! ✨🎉 From the 22nd to the 25th of June, the Secretariat and the Board of our Federation hosted its second-ever gathering in Brussels, discussed the future and the present of EYEN, aligned across teams and task forces, by sharing and listening to old & new colleagues, and finally connecting in person 🤝 

Together, we visited the EU institutions, whose engagement in the youth+energy transition is so important. And, in our travelling, our team collected 3 facts on the EU (we did not know about) for your next Brussels trip! 🏙🧳 PS. Want to be part of the team and join us next year? Check out our open positions>

💭 The European Parliament has more than 20 Committees, with topics that range from industry, research & energy to disinformation. Are you interested in any of their discussions? Their sessions are live-streamed here!

🏛 The Council sets the EU’s overall political direction and it works in 10 configurations, depending on the topic of discussion. The Presidency of the Council changes every six months, and is handed over to one EU member state to another. Instead, the staff of the Council is permanent, and helps member states to prioritise and plan which legislation moves forward.

📝 The European Social and Economic Committee (EESC) is the voice of the European civil society, and its three groups – workers, employers and civil society organisations – adopt opinions on legislation in their plenary sessions. Among the current priorities of the Committee, we find a broader and more significant youth engagement through, for instance, the EU Youth Test. 

EYEN powers youth inclusion
at the European Sustainable Energy Week 💡

From the 20th to the 22nd of June, we brought youth & energy to the European Sustainable Energy Week in Brussels! But how to meaningfully include youth in the biggest annual event dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use in Europe? 

🎯 EYEN advised organisers on youth inclusion at the Conference! The European Youth Energy Day invited the first cohort of 30 Young Energy Ambassadors, whose own proposals to shape the clean energy transition were presented at EUSEW’s closing session. Among the Ambassadors, Livia Kalossaka, VP of YES-Europe, received the first ever Young Energy Champion Award 🏆 from Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson for her trailblazing efforts to advance clean energy technologies and inspire other young changemakers (see her in the 📸 taken at our stand)! 

🎯 YES-Europe (Young Leaders in Energy and Sustainability), a founding member of EYEN, successfully hosted a workshop on how youth-driven energy communities shape the clean energy transition. The session with Cleanwatts, OÖe Energiesparverband, and REScoop.eu analysed the main issues afflicting the energy system today – ageing infrastructure, energy poverty, and increasing demand – and the role of youth as part of collectives in energy.
Rewatch it with us! 📺🍿

🎯 Connecting with all of you was a pleasure! Our members & organisations, youth organisations such as Youth and Environment Europe, and Generation Climate Europe visited our stand at the Energy Fair. The Fair hosted 35 stands between international organisations, universities, national and local authorities, professionals,  NGOs, consumer associations, research institutes, EU-projects and institutions, and more. 🚀

Explore the highlights of EUSEW2023> ✨
Find out more about the Young Energy Ambassadors> 💡
Receive updates on #EUSEW2024> 💻

Meet the partners 🤝 of the second European Youth Energy Forum #EYEF2023!

🎉🎉 The European Youth Energy Forum of 2023 is taking 50 young energy changemakers to Berlin, for a five-day live event from October 30th to November 3rd! Our recently-selected participants are already at work on improving last year’s 12 proposals on how to achieve meaningful youth engagement in the energy transition at the European and local levels. 

To reach our goal of creating space for youth to discuss the energy transition with stakeholders, we have partnered with organisations and agencies that make this event possible. 🎤 But what are their stories and why do we believe they can help moving the energy transition forward? 🧐

👉 EnR is a voluntary network of 25 national energy agencies from the EU member states. It acts as a bridge between  the EU and national, regional and local activities through information exchange, benchmarking, best practice, knowledge-transfer and collaborative projects. The topics of its eight thematic working groups range from transport, to renewables, energy efficiency, behaviour change, and water-energy nexus. 

👉 DENA is the German Energy Agency, and it is one of the many national energy agencies that are part of EnR. For this year, they took over the presidency of the network. It studies solutions for climate neutrality, and connects stakeholders to make impactful programmes such as Start Up Energy Transition (SET), which helps start-ups in finding financial support. 

👉Fraunhofer’s Cluster of Excellence “Integrated Energy Systems” is a trailblazing innovator, and it is going to be hosting this year’s event in its Berlin hub: Fraunhofer ENIQ. It combines the competence of several research institutes to address the system and market integration of high shares of variable renewables into the energy system.

Want to join the stakeholders at #EYEF2023 and help shape the energy transition? 
Subscribe to our Youtube Channel for the live stream of the event> 📺 
Rewind the highlights of #EYEF2022 with us>✨

News from the network 🚀

BJE: young energy professionals 
at the 2023 Congress of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries 🌊

Bundesverband Junge Energie e.V. (BJE) is one of EYEN’s members and the umbrella organisation in the field of youth energy associations in Germany. They support and promote the independent networking of student associations and initiatives in the energy industry to enable them and their members to engage in an interdisciplinary, research-oriented, and open-ended dialogue on energy industry issues. 💡

This month, Bundesverband Junge Energie and its member organisations been given the opportunity by YES Consulting to participate in the BDEW Congress of 2023. The Congress – organised by the German Association of Energy and Water Industries – takes place yearly, and it is an unmissable event to focus on this year’s energy-related developments.

Our members participated in the Young Professionals Initiative, and had the opportunity to meet peers as well as stakeholders from the energy and water sectors to discuss hot topics such as crisis management and the transformation of the gas industry, the green traffic transition and the sustainable heat transition.

Discover more on BDEW>  🧐
Why hire young professionals in energy? BDEW’s latest article> 📝

Reboot’s Youth Academy on climate change
& energy in pictures 📸

How can youth organisations share accurate information on the energy transition with the next generation of changemakers? 💭 In June, Reboot, one of EYEN’s founding member organisations, has started a spark in this direction and reached a milestone in its goal of dismantling stigmas and misconceptions surrounding sustainability, by fostering clear and accessible information. 📝

In close partnership with E-REDES – one of the main Distribution System Operators in Portugal – Reboot has co-organised its first Youth Academy for high school students in Portugal. During the four full days of workshops and activities, Reboot’s young energy professionals met students with diverse hopes and expectations for the Academy, and exchanged insights on climate change, its relationship with the energy transition, but also renewable energies, electrification, and the role of the younger generation as future consumers, electricians, and key players in the greening of the energy sector. 🌱

Read more on the “Incluir para iluminar” project (Portuguese speakers!)> 
Discover Reboot and its efforts towards communicating sustainability>

📚 A SNEAK-PEEK INTO OUR READING OF THE MONTH: YES-EUROPE 📚

Is AI contributing to the energy transition? 

“Over the past years, the cryptocurrency hype, followed by the Artificial Intelligence bots one, has sparked the conversation over whether applications like ChatGPT can truly power the energy transition, what steps has the EU taken towards that direction policy-wise, and if these practices are truly implementable everywhere.”

Read more at YES-Europe Policy Brief – June 2023

What would you love to see here? 📝

At EYEN, we’re a work in progress and we’re proud of it. 📈This is why this month we are opening a survey to improve our newsletter: what opportunities, events, news and content from the world of energy + youth would you like to see? 

Answer our short questions and help us get better! ✍️

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From Berlin to Athens: energy transition journeys you don’t want to miss! 🌍

From Berlin to Athens: energy transition journeys you don’t want to miss! 🌍

#2023 European Youth Energy Forum, EYEN is recruiting, YES-Europe’s Annual Conference in Athens, BJE in Berlin and much more news!

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Welcome back to our network! This month, in our newsletter: 
🔸Our flagship event, the European Youth Energy Forum of 2023;
🔸EYEN at the European Economic and Social Committee;
🔸From our members, a follow up on YES-Europe’s Annual Conference in Athens, and BJE’s trip to Berlin to work on the energy transition in Germany!

[LAST CHANCE TO APPLY] EYEN is recruiting until May 28th! In this newsletter, don’t miss our volunteers’ stories, their experience as energy changemakers in EYEN and their biggest satisfactions and hopes for the organisation. 💭

Our upcoming events for you 📣

Mark your calendars for the 
European Youth Energy Forum of 2023!  🦜

Youth is still in need of a better energy transition. And it’s still time for the stakeholders of the energy sector to rethink and redesign our energy systems. To address the lack of youth engagement in decision-making at the EU level, the European Youth Energy Forum returns in its second edition. Berlin, 30th of October to 3rd of November 2023, we’re coming! 🎉

The European Youth Energy Forum is the yearly flagship event of EYEN. Its aim is to create a space for youth to voice its opinion on the energy transition and collaborate with stakeholders towards a meaningful youth engagement in the energy sector. 💡

Do you remember EYEF’s first edition? 🧐 Since then, a lot of work has been done by our EYEF Implementation Task Force, to ensure that the 12 concrete proposals found in #EYEF2022’s s position paper reach as many stakeholders as possible. This year, the work will get even more hands-on, as the Forum will gather 50 young people based in Europe and between 18 and 35 years old, to work on the improvement & implementation of the proposals. 

Participants will take part in weekly online sessions for the 2 months prior to the event, to prepare for a live 5-days event in Berlin to have discussions and workshops with organisations that are already implementing or interested in implementing the proposals. 📝

We will be opening the call for participants at the beginning of June! 
In the meantime, you can throwback with us to EYEF’s first edition> 📸
Discover more at our event page on #EYEF2023> 🦜

Our latest stories in youth + energy 🚀

A new agenda for democracy and youth engagement at the European Economic and Social Committee 🏛

Since 1957, the EESC has acted as a consultative body of the European Union, providing advice to the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council in their activities. It is composed of independent members representing economic and social interests. 📝 These members come from three different Groups: (I) employers, (II) workers, and (III) civil society.

“38% of the countries of the world are not free and do not have a democracy.” 🧐 What does that have to do with EYEN, youth, the energy transition and the EU? At the end of April, Carlotta Ferri – Vice President of EYEN – was invited at the European Parliament for the election of the new President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC): Oliver Röpke.

In his nomination speech, Röpke highlighted the crucial role that the EESC has in strengthening the EU’s democratic legitimacy and effectiveness, and in responding to the lack of involvement of civil society around the world. Röpke reaffirmed that youth participation is fundamental and recalled successful examples of youth inclusion, such as the EESC’s section dedicated to climate change, which works closely with schools and finances youth delegates participating to the UNFCCC’s yearly Conference Of the Parties (COP). 

What next then for youth in the EESC? The measures proposed include: 
1. The creation of participatory EESC citizens’ panels 💭
2. Increased digitalisation of the proceedings 💻
3. A more representative and inclusive EESC 📈
4. Including youth delegates in the EESC Groups 🌱
5. Involving youth in the EESC’s substantial work through the establishment of an ad-hoc advisory council. 🏛

As EYEN, we share the EESC’s renewed commitment: a meaningful youth inclusion at the EU level. 🎯 And that’s why we are already in communication with the EESC’s section dedicated to energy to discuss the involvement of youth delegates on the topic, to create another successful example of engagement. 

Stay tuned! We’re also building our Young Energy Consumers Task Force and other exciting activities, in collaboration with institutions and partners! Check them out in our latest newsletter > ✍️

In pictures: YES-Europe’s Annual Conference 📸

What does sustainability really look like? What systemic changes are needed to sustain the energy transition? Which type of energy changemaker are you – an organiser, a knowledge builder, a conversation starter, or more? 💭 These questions (and many possible answers!) were at the centre of YES-Europe’s Annual Conference in Athens, organised in collaboration with Resilient Planet at the end of April and gathering young energy and sustainability enthusiasts from all around Europe.

The three-day event kicked off with a presentation on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy – to then move into several projects that, in their capacity, contribute to the achievement of SDG7: from Pianeta Energy and their work on how to calculate the environmental impact of a conference, to the Greek Centre of Research and Technology’s work in research & innovation for sustainability, and the WWF’s workshop on Eat4Change, the international project co-funded by the EU to create an enabling environment for healthy and sustainable diets. And as EYEN, we could not miss the event! Tiago Vicente, Board Member of EYEN and Energy Engineer at ADENE, presented our main flagship event, the European Youth Energy Forum (EYEF), as a powerful tool to reshape youth engagement in the European energy transition. 

And among all the discussions on the energy transition, the importance of renewables in accelerating it, the climate crisis and the inequalities it exacerbates, the Conference highlighted the key role of youth and women in making a change. A change that starts small, as participants observed at their visit to Symbeeosis – creating sustainable products from their  fields and beehives – and Helios Eco Lab – an off grid multi-functional environment that provides a home, workshop & farm for its creator David Davis and up to 5 volunteers, demonstrating that zero-waste is possible.

Find out more about Resilient Planet & YES-Europe, founding member of EYEN > ♻️
More on EYEN at YES-Europe’s Annual Conference >🚀

BJE in Berlin: working on the state of the energy transition in Germany 🏙

Bundesverband Junge Energie e.V. (BJE) is one of EYEN’s members, and the biggest and most important umbrella organisation in the field of youth energy associations in Germany. They support and promote the independent networking of student associations and initiatives in the energy industry to enable them and their members to engage in an interdisciplinary, research-oriented, and open-ended dialogue on energy industry issues. 💡

What is there to do in Berlin for youth organisations in the energy sector? 🧐 At the beginning of May, BJE and its member associations Energie Forum Aachen e.V., Essener Energie Club, Akademischer Energieverein Leipzig e.V., Kine, RE Con e.V., met in the German capital to intensify the contact among the associations.

At the heart of the city, they discussed on the state of the energy transition in Germany with Katharina Hartz, former BJE and now Project Officer Power at Agora Energiewende – an evidence-based think thank that informs policy-makers, economists, researchers and civil society on strategies to advance climate neutrality (if you’re curious to know more, you can find their most important findings here!).

The organisations also met with TransnetBW GmbH to discover more on grid planning and the energy transition, and with AFRY Management Consulting to work on a practical case study on PV storage. To conclude your trip in Berlin, the team also advises a trip to the city’s Energy Museum, where you can find over 5000 exhibits from all aspects of power generation, and even control the start-up process of a combined cycle power plant! 🔌

What next for BJE and its members? You can find them and get in touch at the E-World Energy and Water Conference from May 23rd to May 25h, one of the leading trade fairs in the energy sector in Essen, Germany.
Registrations are still open! Check out the Conference’s programme >  📑

What are your big plans? Join EYEN and reshape the energy transition👇

We are a team of young energy engineers, environmental scientists, creatives & comms professionals, heat transition and hydrogen enthusiast, energy operations managers, sustainability consultants, activists, lawyers by day, and so much more, and we have big plans for a better energy transition. 🚀 

This month, we are expanding our team, but only for until the 28th of May!  
👉🌿Is there something you can offer #youth + #energy? If you’re aged between 18 and 35 & are based in Europe, you can join our teams to work on #EYEF2023, #Communications, #Governance, #HR, or the upcoming #COP28. 

Have an impact: apply to our open positions 🚀

Why join the Federation advocating for the meaningful engagement of young people in the energy transition and creating spaces that allow them to have an impact? 🌱 To find out, we asked our teams for you: of your time at EYEN, what are you most proud of?👇

“Creating the European Youth Energy Forum: we gathered 45 young people from 20 different countries to write a position paper and provided them with a space to discuss the energy transition with stakeholders of the energy sector. We also got to present the paper to the Portuguese Parliament and Presidency, and we now have a date to present it to the European Commission.”
 

 Tiago Vicente 
 Board Member at EYEN and Energy Engineer at ADENE  

“There were many achievements I am proud of, but seeing the organisation start, being officially established and running is everyday my biggest pride for EYEN. 

At the European Sustainable Energy Week of 2022, while on stage talking about youth in energy communities, we got to see the full potential of our organisation. We received many questions and the interest of people in the audience showed. Sparking that interest is something that we are proud of.”

 

 Jacopo Sala 
 Director of Secretariat at EYEN and Ph.D. Researcher 

What would you love to see here? 📝

At EYEN, we’re a work in progress and we’re proud of it. 📈This is why this month we are opening a survey to improve our newsletter: what opportunities, events, news and content from the world of energy + youth would you like to see? 

Answer our short questions and help us get better! ✍️

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EYEN Task forces are here: meet their changemakers! 🚀

EYEN Task forces are here: meet their changemakers! 🚀

Our action plans for EYEF Implementation, COP28, Citizens Energy Forum, and much more in our latest newsletter!

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We have got news from the world of youth + energy transition!💡This month, we’re celebrating: we have welcomed new volunteers at our teams in EYEN! 🎊 🎊 In this newsletter, you find insights into their stories, the new task forces that have welcomed them, EYEN’s plans for this 2023, and news from our broader network such as YES-Europe’s call for participants for its Annual Conference in Athens. 

Our latest news: energy + youth engagement 

What would you love to see here? 📝

In EYEN, we’re a work in progress and we’re proud of it. 📈This is why this month we are opening a survey to improve our newsletter: what opportunities, events, news and content from the world of energy + youth would you like to see? 

Answer our short questions and help us get better! 💭

The team grows: 3 new task forces & volunteer stories! 🚀

At EYEN, our volunteer’s stories, backgrounds, competences and ambitions for the energy transition define how big of an impact we can make, and how far our voices can reach. 🚀 And this month, we have welcomed new volunteers, who have joined through our last call for applications in February! 

The team’s growth does not only mean more engagement and good news for the energy transition, it also means new projects. To achieve meaningful youth representation in energy decision-making, our new volunteers have joined task forces dedicated to some of the most important events in youth + energy taking place this year. What’s in store for EYEN? Read more about our three new task forces and their members below and find out! 💭

Discover EYEN’s plans and resolutions for 2023 > 📝
What was 2022 like in EYEN? Throwback with us > 📸

1. Implementation Task Force – #EYEF2022🦜

The European Youth Energy Forum is the yearly flagship event of EYEN. It’s aim: to create the space for youth to voice its opinion on the energy transition and collaborate with energy stakeholders towards concrete actions for a more inclusive transition. 💡

Do you remember EYEF’s first edition? 🧐 After three months of preparatory work in identifying the barriers and the opportunities of youth engagement, the first EYEF took place in 2022. The event brought together 45 young energy changemakers from all across Europe, to create a position paper on the role of youth in the future of the European energy transition. The Forum included sessions for participants to discuss the main hot topics related to the energy transition at a 5-day live event in Lisbon. At the end of the event, participants presented in their position paper 12 concrete measures for meaningful youth engagement in the energy transition in the policy, education and the private sectors. 

This year, it’s time to put these proposals into action. To do so, EYEN has created the Implementation Task Force for #EYEF2022! 🎊 The team has been busy defining priority proposals to be implemented – based on their impact, scope of implementation (regional, national or European) – and creating connections with stakeholders to effectively put these proposals into action. 

Curious about the task force’s next steps, on both the European and the Portuguese level?🧐 The two sub-teams of the task force focus on one big ambition each:

1. In a pilot phase, selected proposals will be implemented in Portugal with the relevant partners. This phase will provide valuable insights on the implementation, feasibility and the real impact of the proposals. 🚀

The “Portuguese” Team is taking the proposals that can be applied at a regional/national level, with the aim of collecting data on their output & involved stakeholders in a monitoring report. 📝

2.  The “European” Team is setting up contacts with European stakeholders and is aiming at receiving commitments towards implementing the proposals from relevant partners. 

Want to remain updated on all the next developments on the implementation team and #EYEF2023? Keep an eye on our social media, as more details are coming soon! And in the meantime… hear from Vanessa Faia, coordinator of the newly established EYEF Implementation Team.🦜 

“Today’s youth are among the most active in civic participation, but we don’t feel heard by decision-makers. As a result, young people are increasingly interested in programs that give them a voice and enable them to participate in decisions that will impact their future. And that’s exactly what EYEN is doing!”
 

Vanessa Faia holds a Master in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Lisbon. She is a technical expert at ADENE, the Portuguese Energy Agency, in the Mobility Team. She was previously a member of the New System’s Team working on water efficiency in buildings (AQUA+ rating) and fleet on energy efficiency (MOVE+ rating) and Innovation Team, where she was engaged in water efficiency and the water-energy nexus project development. At EYEN, she is Team Leader of the #EYEF2022 Implementation Team.

2. Young Energy Consumers Task Force 💡

The newly formed Young Energy Consumer Task Force aims at creating a background in knowledge on the topic of young energy consumers in Europe, a topic which is not often taken into consideration by many energy policies in member states.  📝

The main short term objectives for the Task Force are: knowledge-building on youth and its role as energy consumer group, and an effective and meaningful EYEN participation, based on the knowledge accumulated, to the 15th Citizens Energy Forum (CEF) in November 2023. CEF is the yearly forum creating a bridge between different stakeholders involved in energy consumption and paving the way for more inclusive regulations and solutions. 💬

Stay tuned, because we’ve got plans for the future! In the long term, the Task Force aims at cooperating more strongly with the regulators and the already established consumer bodies in the EU. The aim? A recognised, legitimate and official advocacy for young energy consumers. ♻️ 

“I joined EYEN as a Young Energy Consumers Task Force member, because I think it is extremely important that we, as youth, do have a say in this particular topic and the ability to shape our future. I also believe that organisations like EYEN are very much useful for the young researchers and activists to evolve and internationally network in the fields that are especially interesting for them.”
 

Halina Jagielska is a law student from Cracow, Poland. Halina is professionally and academically involved in the development of photovoltaic farms and offshore wind farms in Poland. Halina is also an energy efficiency analyst and anti-war and anti-fossil fuels activist in Young Friends of the Earth Europe and in a Polish grass-roots group called Wschód. In EYEN, she is Policy Analyst of the Youth Energy Consumers Task Force. 

3. COP28 Task Force 🌿

This year, the United Arab Emirates will host one of the most important international yearly events on climate change policy: the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The event will take place from the 30th of November to the 12th of December 2023 in Dubai, and it will gather world leaders, NGOs and industries to discuss measures for improved climate change mitigation and adaptation. 📑  

This year, EYEN has created the COP28 Task Force to ensure participation of the network to the Conference through a meaningful contribution, in order to bring to the event the voices of the youth organisations it represents. 🚀

“A crucial aspect of environmental and energy justice is equal participation in decision-making processes. The voice of young people is far too often not (sufficiently) taken into account. I joined EYEN because it is driving change towards greater youth inclusion, and thus more participatory justice for the younger generations.”
 

Yanika Meyer-Oldenburg is now starting her new position as Sustainable Finance Policy Officer at the NGO Germanwatch. Previously, she has worked as a trainee for UNDP’s Nature, Climate and Energy Team in Jordan and at the EU Commission in the Directorate General for Energy. She holds a Master’s in Environmental Policy and Regulation from LSE. Her interests lie in challenges connected to environmental and energy justice. In EYEN, she is part of the COP28 Task Force.

News from the network 📝

Join YES-Europe’s Annual Conference in Athens! 🏙 

LAST CHANCE: register for YES-Europe’s Annual Conference of 2023! The Conference, organised by YES-Europe and Resilient Planet, will be held in presence in Athens from the 21st to the 23rd of April. Join the conference for panel discussions and networking sessions among young energy changemakers! ✍️

The themes of the panels include: energy and sustainability, youth voices, sustainability and industry, inclusiveness and empowerment and finally, solutions on how to make an impact in climate action, how to defeat climate anxiety, how to design sustainable cities & much more. Participants to the Conference also get the opportunity of visiting Symbeeosis’ and Helios Eco Lab’s headquarters in Athens, practical examples of local sustainable business practices. ♻️

Discover the Conference’s Agenda > 📑
Book your ticket to the Annual Conference > 🎟
Find out more on YES-Europe > 🤔

Young leaders in Energy and Sustainability Europe (YES-Europe) is one of the founding members of EYEN. It was created through an initiative of the EPFL University of Lausanne in Switzerland, and it initially brought together 50 students from 9 European countries for its first annual conference in May 2016, to find meaningful ways to make a difference as youth in the energy field. 

Since then, it has grown internationally to have an impact at the EU level. Its projects include policy reactions, policy trainings and knowledge-sharing addressed to the younger generations of energy change-makers. 

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3 resolutions for 2023 & a best of 2022 👉 join the team now!

3 resolutions for 2023 & a best of 2022 👉 join the team now!

Apply by the 5th of February to our teams and task forces and look back to 2022 with us! 🚀

***Apply to join the EYEN team till 5 FEB***
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EYEN’s three resolutions for 2023 📑🌟

1) Providing a space for youth to develop its stand on the energy transition📝

In 2023, we will keep creating spaces that allow youth to express their voice and have an impact. That’s why we’re coming back with our flagship event – the European Youth Energy Forum (EYEF). The second edition of the Forum will give young energy changemakers the opportunity to attend debates with experts of the energy sector and to keep improving the 12 proposals towards meaningful youth engagement in the energy transition developed in November 2022 at the first EYEF ever.

Have you got a passion for communications, logistics or sponsorship? Would you like to contribute to the event’s position paper? Reach out with an application by the 5th of February for #EYEF2023 or for one of our open positions at EYEN to work in a dynamic team of young professionals and be part of a project that makes participants key players in energy + youth engagement! Apply for one of our new open positions and join the team.

2) Expanding the federation to represent youth from all over Europe🌿

EYEN is the federation uniting energy-focused youth organisations in Europe. By 2022, 11 member organisations joined our network of networks to connect, exchange information as well as be empowered also in campaigns and high-level discussions! 🎉🎉 Over the coming months and years, we will be working hard on advocating for the meaningful engagement of young people in the energy transition, bringing members together in task forces to work on topics of interest to them. To kick off 2023, we are calling on non-profits in the youth + energy field to join us as members of EYEN. 

Don’t want to miss opportunities for your organisation, while connecting with other young energy changemakers? Learn how to become a member of our federation or drop us an email at membership@youthenergy.eu for any information!

3) Ensuring youth’s voice is heard at major energy conferences and forums💭

EYEN’s was born to address to the lack of youth access to high-level policy decision-making in the energy sector. Still today, one of the main missions that we have is to work directly with the industry, the policy makers and our member organisations to create meaningful connections and be able to participate in key decision-making processes at the European and international level.

In 2023, we are doing that by having young representatives participating in and presenting at the major energy conferences and forums in Europe and beyond – among which the European Sustainable Energy Week of 2023, the IRENA Youth Forum of 2023, the next Citizens’ Energy Forum and COP28. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn to stay updated on all of the key takeaways, brought from our representatives to you. 💻

Our best memories of 2022:
snaps from a year in youth engagement📸

Establishment and our first EYEN gathering 🏙

In early 2022, the European Youth Energy Network was officially established as an international non-profit organisation, opening up more possibilities for our members and the youth we want to represent. 📜

To celebrate and co-work on the plans for 2022, our team also met in Brussels for the first time in person (after many months of online work!) at the first EYEN Gathering and engaged with representatives of DG ENER from the EU Commission, exploring the EU’s strategy for the incoming year. 

Building the first European Youth Energy Forum 📝

Where to start with engaging youth in the energy sector? We started with the first ever European Youth Energy Forum. In the spring of 2022, recruitment, logistics and sponsorship started working in full force on the event and regular meetings of the position paper team began at the end of summer. The team defined a concrete methodology for the position paper that would later become the highlight of #EYEF2022 and, together with participants, explored the challenges, possibilities and barriers to youth engagement in the European energy sector. 

Partnering with policy-makers at #EUSEW2022 🌱

In 2022, we wanted to make sure that when the future of the energy transition in Europe was discussed, youth representatives were going to be there. That is why we partnered with the European Commission at the European Sustainable Energy Week – the main yearly high policy level event to exchange experiences, best practices and sustainable energy ideas between policy-makers and stakeholders of the energy sector. Rewatch with us the streaming of the Youth Energy Day with our former Vice-President Miguel Mósca, and “Repowering Europe” and “Towards energy aware behaviours” with our Director of Secretariat Jacopo Sala! 📺

EIT Awards: EYEN wins 3rd place for inspiring change 🚀

Big news for our federation in 2022: on the 11th of October, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) awarded EYEN’s President Federico Barbieri and the federation with the 3rd place for innovations that inspire change for a sustainable future (CHANGE Award) and the 3rd place at the public choice award! 🎉✨ The prize of 10 000 euros will enable us to continue our work  supporting young stakeholders in the energy sector in 2023. 

Youth, educators, policy-makers and industries come together at #EYEF2022  for a better energy transition🦜

From the 19th to the 23rd of November, the work of many months came to an end: the first European Youth Energy Forum was finally here! In Lisbon, 45 young Europeans from 23 countries came together and finalised their position paper containing 12 concrete proposals for meaningful youth engagement in the energy transition. The paper was presented to public and private stakeholders – from the Portuguese Parliament to the energy corporation Galp, and many more in progress – and a special team is already coming together to work on its implementation! So watch out for updates on this and #EYEF2023.

Representing youth as energy consumers 
at the 14th Citizens’ Energy Forum ♻️

At the end of 2022, EYEN was invited as a panelist to spread awareness on challenges and initiatives of youth in their role as energy consumers at the annual European Citizens’ Energy Forum. At the 14th edition of the event, EYEN’s Vice-President Carlotta Ferri, presented to an audience of consumers, regulators and industry representatives. She explained how youth’s lack of education, financial resources and opportunities limit the impact that young people can have as responsible and proactive consumers. 

To address these challenges and propose actions at the next Forum, EYEN is opening positions for a Young Energy Consumers Task Force: have a look and apply here!

If 2022 was an important year for EYEN, we have even more ambitious plans for 2023. To achieve them, we’re building a strong team of courageous creatives & communicators, clever engineers and lawyers, visionary policy freaks and cheerful team leaders. Is there something you can offer #youth + #energy? In 4+ hours a week in an international team of young professionals and students, with the chance to try out different roles, get all the training you need and co-create the inner architecture 🏛️⚡of a youth-led federation unlike any other.

You can…do coordination, policy, logistics, sponsorship or communications for #EYEF2023. In short, everything that it takes to enable a great forum. You can…coordinate or join the Young Energy Consumers Task Force to create knowledge on young energy consumers in Europe and prepare EYEN’s participation in the Citizens’ Energy Forum. Did you know that the outcomes of the forum feed directly into the work of the European Commission in the energy and consumer policy areas? You can…prepare EYEN’s contributions to COP, the supreme decision-making body of the UN Convention for Climate Change in the COP Task Force. Or you can…help us build power in the communications, membership, partnership and governance team of the federation. Have an impact – Apply till 5 February. 
 

Make 2023 count: apply to our open positions 🚀

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EYEN’s first General Assembly: behind the scenes of a youth-led energy transition

Big transformation requires representation, especially in the just (energy) transition. Not only in Brussels, but in all European capitals. In a Europe-wide network.  One month ago, the European Youth Energy Network came together for our first General Assembly, the highest decision-making body of the Federation. The General Assembly reunited all our member organisations to elect officials and welcome new member organisations in our network. After setting up the foundations of it all over the last 1.5 years, the European Youth Energy Network got officially established as an international non-profit organisation (“Association internationale sans but lucratif”, AISBL) and we could celberate this… Read More »EYEN’s first General Assembly: behind the scenes of a youth-led energy transition

#EUSEW2022 Blog: Uniting the voice of youth towards the European just transition

We just wrote an article for the blog of the EU Sustainable Energy Week #EUSEW2022! These are our key messages on “Uniting the voice of youth towards the European just transition: best practices from youth-led networks”: 📣 The ambitious youth organisations unifying the voice of young people in different sectors of the sustainability transition share some key characteristics: they are independent, represent their members towards a strong and coordinated voice of youth in EU decision-making, and maintain a strong connection with national and local realities. 📣 Youth-led networks represent, communicate, and build solutions. In a world where young people consistently fail… Read More »#EUSEW2022 Blog: Uniting the voice of youth towards the European just transition

#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, 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, 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