The European Youth Energy Day, in the context of the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), has been organised since 2020. Each year, it gives young participants (aged 18-34) the chance to get involved in Europe’s sustainable energy transition.
With 2022 declared the European Year of Youth, a prominent section of EUSEW was once again dedicated to young people and clean energy. A Dialogue between Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson and young representatives took place on the first day of the event, followed by a series of presentations on cutting-edge technologies, significant for clean energy advancement and youth.
In addition, the EUSEW Policy Conference (26-29 September) hosted several sessions involving youth organisations and/or addressing topics relevant to a young audience, proposed in an open call. These sessions were designed to involve young people in the policy conversations about the energy future of Europe. They served to facilitate connections between different stakeholders, youth and non-youth, and create value for both.
In 2020, the chosen format was a Roundtable Debate with young people and Frans Timmermans, European Commission’s Executive Vice-President of the European Green Deal. For the 2021 edition, a 48-hour Communication Hackathon focused on teams of young people generating ideas to boost renewables and energy efficiency. The European Youth Energy Network (EYEN) was a partner in these activities.