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This was the European Youth Energy Forum of 2022🦜
“The ongoing shift in the European energy sector involves a paradigm shift – conventional procedures and solutions are no longer enough to face the challenges. Youth are the ones who see their future put at risk, they have acknowledged the urgency of the energy transition, and are energised to create change. The future of the European energy transition has to capitalise from our young people’s engagement, knowledge, legitimacy and diversity.”
– EYEF’s position paper, November 2022 –
From the 19th to the 23rd of November, EYEN hosted the first ever European Youth Energy Forum in Lisbon, and the participants reached key milestones in bringing youth closer to the energy sector. The event provided a space to connect youth in the European energy transition, giving them a unified voice. With the event, EYEN managed to bring youth from all across Europe together for a week, to bridge them with different stakeholders of the energy sector – from academia to privates and policy-makers.
🎉🎉🎉BREAKING NEWS: The position paper resulting from the event contains 12 concrete proposals to improve youth engagement in the European energy transition. It was already presented to policy-makers at the Portuguese Parliament – more precisely the Environment and Energy Commission – to the CEO of the integrated energy operator Galp in its company headquarters, & more. On the occasion of the paper presentation in Lisbon, the President of EYEN Federico Barbieri and the President of ADENE – the Portuguese Agency for Energy – Nelson Lage, signed a Memorandum of Understanding for future cooperation.
For these achievements, we want to thank all our participants, the organising team, our partner EnR (European Energy Agency) and our sponsors ADENE (Agência para Energia, Portuguese Energy Agency), Pavilhão do Conhencimento and GALP! We look forward to seeing you at #EYEF2023 and, in the meantime, we wish you a Merry Christmas and happy holidays from the whole EYEN team! 🎊🎄
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EYEF’s position paper on the role of youth in the European energy transition:
a call for action 📝
At the first ever European Youth Energy Forum, we gathered 45 young participants from more than 20 countries, with diverse backgrounds but a common interest: placing youth at the heart of the European energy transition. Their exchanges with representatives from the energy sector present in Lisbon and their preparatory work produced a position paper titled “The Role of Youth in the future of the European energy transition” which identifies structural barriers across Europe preventing the success of youth action – such as ageism and youth washing – and 12 specific measures to improve youth engagement in the energy transition.
The measures focus on 3 fundamental areas: public policy making, knowledge transfer and education, and the private sector. Their rapid implementation is essential to the creation of an efficient framework for meaningful youth engagement. That is why, as EYEN, we are committed to presenting the paper to the broadest audience possible and supporting effective changes.
Curious to learn more? 🧐 Read EYEF’s paper for the measures, their implementation timeframes, and the methodologies involved > 💭
✨ EYEF’s 12 measures
for meaningful youth engagement✨
1. Youth Energy Councils (YECs): an advisory board at the national level to institutionalise youth representation and have significant impact on policy-making;
2. Energy Youth Standard: a framework of qualitative and quantitative metrics to avoid youth washing and tokenism in the energy sector;
3. Youth National Energy Survey: the collecting of youth opinions on the energy transition strategy – to be conducted every two years online;
4. Energy transition workshops for high school students: involving university students teaching to their younger peers as part of their curricula;
5. Green Skills for Educators: with the cooperation of local academic partner institutions, provide pre-university educators with thorough knowledge on the energy transition;
6. Compel universities to provide SDGs and ET courses: the curricula will be checked through national accreditation programs and cooperation between universities;
7. Youth NEETs Just Energy Transition Training: a free accessible program for youth Not in Employment, Education or Training, prioritising marginalised groups;
8. One-stop-shop for youth energy engagement: a platform to access opportunities of education and engagement in the European energy sector;
9. National Talent Pool for Blue Collar Workers within the Energy Sector: a website that aims at connecting job seekers to work opportunities in clean energy;
10. Label for youth friendly companies, associations and public organisations: an awards-based labelling system to recognise actors increasing youth participation;
11. Youth non-executive board programs and positions: to integrate youth in company boards through dedicated positions;
12. Work-study programs in the energy sector: in agreement with all stakeholders, enabling young workers to obtain university degrees while employed.
Dive into the 12 proposals & share in your network
Any plans for the new year?
Join us for the next edition of EYEF! 🦜
EYEF 2022 has just finished, but preparations are already ongoing for the next year’s event! Do you want to help us bring youth together? Dive behind-the-scenes of the next edition through one of the several volunteering positions now open. We’re looking for young professionals and students (below age 35, wherever you’re based in Europe) to join us on:
The position paper team;
Event communication – graphic designer;
Event communication – content writer.
Can’t find what you’re looking for? You can send us an open application!
And while you think about it… find out from three of our 45 participants – Thomas, Zorana and Lindsay – how they were involved in the event, and what it meant for them to be part of the first ever European Youth Energy Forum!
Three participants about #EYEF2022 🎤
Lindsay Bell-Etkin is Fundraising and Development Manager at Student Energy and Ambassador at FLIK – Female Laboratory of Innovative Knowledge.
“I feel so incredibly fortunate to have attended EYEF. There is something powerful about being in a space with so many young people driven to create meaningful change in the energy transition. I can’t wait for the next one!”
Zorana Antovska is a Master’s student in International Relations, European Integration and Diplomacy. She is working as an instructor at her faculty, and in several institutes on projects related to the energy transition and climate change.
“My experience in the first European Youth Energy Forum can be described in two words – encouraging and inspiring. The energy transition is a huge challenge globally, which requires a solution that comes from multiple sectors and levels. The act of gathering people with different backgrounds, coming from different generations, is a perfect first step towards finding the right solution. ”
Thomas Romano is a student in European and International Public Policy and Politics at Bocconi University and at the London School of Economics.
“EYEF was such an inspiring event where I had the ability to meet and exchange with amazing people from a diversity of backgrounds, united by a passion for the energy sector. Building the paper together and getting to present it to ADENE and Galp is an experience that I will always remember.”
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