The Role of Youth in Tackling Energy Transition
Increasing society’s use of clean energy, which does not emit greenhouse gases, is crucial to deliver the key goal of the IRENA and Paris agreement, but dissimilarities and unfairness faced by the youth in the renewable energy workforce are acting as barriers stopping them from being potential agents of positive change in this field, making the renewable energy sector does not acquire any benefit from such diverse and talented pool.
Actions and initiatives led by young people will trigger the required momentum for scaling up energy access and local innovation, therefore actions and initiatives led by the youth are key to unlock renewable energy potential, leading to accelerating innovations and scaling up the transition toward renewables. Moreover, to promote new job growth and economic opportunities in the renewable energy sector, proving that young people need a formal seat at the energy transition decision-making table, realizing the demand of skill that is mandatory for the youth to continue the work of their predecessor and ensuring a successful transition to a zero-emission future.
Everything from a Just Transition to our current situation where we are aiming to increase air quality in our communities. Thus, recognizing their critical role in sustaining this systems-change work is crucial in the long term.
Illustrating how Engaging young people in global decision making and planning processes offers numerous co-benefits to the renewable energy sector create a future sustainable energy system that meets the needs of a modern society, and most importantly leaving no one behind.
Moaz Bilto graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Beykent university, he presented his graduation project “Renewable energy Impact on Damascus city transportation sector” at IRENEC 2021, now conducting research on how the youth can accelerate the transition towards a zero-emission future by 2050.