In 2021, EYEN collaborated on a position paper on “Gaps and ideas for youth engagement”. In November 2022, participants of the first European Youth Energy Forum finalized a position paper on “The role of youth in the future of the European energy transition”. Curious to know more? Allow us to suggest a cup of tea, take a comfortable seat, and keep reading.
6 Proposals to improve youth engagement in the European energy transition
Through its European Youth Energy Forum (EYEF), EYEN convenes young professionals and students from diverse backgrounds to craft proposals for meaningful youth engagement in the energy sector. The second edition of the forum, held in Berlin, focused on refining and enhancing a selection of previous proposals from the pioneering event in Lisbon (see the 2022 position paper below). Bridging the education, policy-making and pricate sectors.
Over two months, selected participants engaged in a thorough online process, analysing, selecting, and improving six proposals to create actionable plans. The process culminated in a four-day event in Berlin, where discussions, workshops, and lectures were held to finalise a position paper that documents these essential discussions and intends to act upon their conclusions, emphasising their significance for European countries.
The role of youth in the future of the European energy transition
At our first European Youth Energy Forum (EYEF), we gathered 45 young European professionals and students to participate in the event and develop the position paper on “The role of youth in the future of the European energy transition”.
It was a diverse group both in terms of nationalities, academic background and professional experience. Over the course of 3 months, they participated in a series of online meetings to brainstorm and research on the barriers to youth engagement within the energy sector and to developing proposals as a call to action directed towards key stakeholders. This journey ended in a five-day event in Lisbon, with round tables and workshops to refine the proposals and finalise the paper.
This paper was written by EYEF’s participants, while EYEN was the facilitator and organiser of the event.
EYEF's 12 proposals to improve youth engagement in the European energy transition
Youth Energy Council
Gaps and ideas for youth engagement
Key Challenges identified in “Gaps and ideas for youth engagement” position paper
Inefficient information and knowledge sharing about climate and energy issues leads to lack of awareness in the young generations
Lack of skills and resources is a barrier to effective engagement with official entities in the Energy sector (governments, international organisations, multinational companies, etc.)
Tokenism and non-inclusive youth representation in non-youth spaces/dialogues prevent youth climate action to get the right recognition
International cooperation will be key to an effective mobilisation of youth and the available resources to them (within and across European borders)