What is Our Role in the Energy Transition

By Beatriz Ildefonso

By 2050, citizens are expected to go from mere energy consumers to active players in the energy system, able and willing to engage in the energy markets and policies.

Over the next 30 years, the number of people producing their own energy is expected to increase dramatically. The first steps towards that reality are being taken now: while policy-makers keep pushing to put the citizen at the centre of the energy transition, digitalisation is increasingly seen as a bridge between the complex energy system and the regular consumer.

On the societal side, as climate change becomes a common topic for people all around the globe, there is an increased awareness of our impact on the environment. In parallel, there were never better conditions for a youth led behavioural revolution: we are many, we are informed, and we are connected.

The future is ours.

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What are effective ways youth can engage in climate policy

Author

Sara Nyberg is active in YES-Europe as board member as well as in the Swedish youth network PUSH Sweden.

Abstract

This article discusses how young people can be involved and make a change at the UN climate conferences and in the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism.

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Off-Grid Solar in Africa & European Start-Ups

By Silvia Binet

​This report explores the present and future of the off-grid solar private sector from the perspective of entrepreneurs. By answering the classical five W questions: “Why? Where? When? What? (How?) Who?” this study reviews the emergence and dynamics of the start-ups that have shaped the field of energy access field for the past decade. In the first section, the question “Why off-grid matters?” serves as an introduction to our study. Next, we analyse where and when off-grid solar start-ups have emerged, and we continue with what are their main activity areas and how these start-ups connect developed and developing economies through this new market. To conclude, we address the “Who?” question in order to understand the people behind these organizations and which path led them to work in this sector.

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