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.
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 🗞
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