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
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
Where #circulareconomy and #energytransition meet: have a say on the sustainability of European products till the 22nd of June!
Have you ever wondered if the products you use every day are really sustainable? Or ever thought of what you would want to change to make the whole life cycle of products more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly? Then we have news for you: on the 30th of March 2022, the Commission published its latest legislative proposal to enforce sustainability standards for products that are sold and bought in Europe. Find out more on the initiative, on what’s in it for the EU’s energy policy and youth, and how you can get involved in the quest towards a circular economy, to… Read More »Where #circulareconomy and #energytransition meet: have a say on the sustainability of European products till the 22nd of June!
“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
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
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
The IPCC’s Sixth Assessment report is a brutal reminder to everyone – from citizens to politicians, passing by business people – that a shift towards a carbon-negative global economy is urgent and the only solution to limit the damage we have already done to our planet. The report’s statement that, “it is unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, ocean and land.” is eye-opening. As a result of this human influence, widespread and rapid changes in the atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere and biosphere have occurred. The record heat waves and massive wildfires in some parts of the northern hemisphere (e.g.,… Read More »IPCC Report: no time to waste, youth willing to be part of the solution more than ever
On the 29th of June, 4:30 to 6:15 pm CEST, the European Youth Energy Network (EYEN), an European network of youth energy-focused organisation will be launched with the mission of placing youth at the heart of the European energy transition. Federico Barbieri (IT), President of EYEN and former SDG7 European youth focal point, is glad with this accomplishment: “When I started my work as Focal Point for the SDG7 Youth Constituency in Europe, there were already several motivated organisations doing a fantastic job. Now we finally have set the framework to harmonise their actions and unleash their potential for the… Read More »Official launch of the European Youth Energy Network (EYEN)
EYEN has won the “SOLVE THE GAP – 48h EU Youth Digital Hackathon”, proposing an innovative idea to improve youth engagement in policymaking and was awarded the Hackathon’s grand prize of 10.000 € by a panel of experts including Mariya Gabriel, the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth. In the framework of the EU Youth Conference in Portugal (12th-15th March) and the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, a 48 hours digital hackathon was organised by the Portuguese Conselho Nacional de Juventude and under the auspices of the European Commission. The goal of the… Read More »EYEN wins the “SOLVE THE GAP – 48h EU Youth Digital Hackathon”
In the framework of the official launch of the European Climate Pact by the European Commission on the 16th of December, the SDG7 Youth Constituency and the European Youth Energy Network organised the “Youth Shaping the Climate Pact” event, attracting 100 participants from more than 30 countries. Recording is available on the UN MGCY Facebook page. The event was enriched by the interventions of different speakers including Michal Nekvasil (DG CLIMA), Benjamin Strzelecki (SDG7 YC), Luciana Miu (EYEN) and panelists such as Helen Watts (Student Energy), Helena Nepp (European Youth Parliament), and Marco Costa (CommUnity by InnoEnergy). Furthermore, participants were… Read More »Youth shaping the Climate Pact: showcasing successful youth engagement initiatives