Workshop “Youth on Energy” at the EU Sustainable Energy Week in Brussels, 19 June 2017

Gathering 20 young people from around Europe from the Power Shifts project to offer their perspective on the future of energy in Europe, the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) kicked off with a special workshop “Youth on Energy”, inspired by the European Commission’s proposed package on “Clean Energy for all Europeans”. 10 claims were formulated in 4 topic clusters and sent to the European Commission for their future work.

The workshop’s aim at EUSEW is to compile a list of future steps and viewpoints from the youth regarding current trends in European energy policy. Discussions were based on ideas formulated in previous conferences of the Power Shifts project. They will take into consideration discussions already held within the Power Shifts project. The event is coordinated by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) and organised in conjunction with the European Youth Parliament. The event was coordinated by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) and organised in conjunction with the European Youth Parliament in Brussels on 18-20 June 2017.

What follow are the claims produced during the workshop.

 

Here are their claims

#EnergyStrategy

  1. We support an energy market based on free market principles that reduces barriers to entry for SMEs and promotes the investment of prosumers (consumers that produce their own energy). To make this affordable and feasible we aim for strong public support and investment both at a national and European level. JPEG
  2. The European Union should ensure energy security and aim to become more self-sufficient. We believe this could be achieved by diversifying its energy mix and through enhanced cooperation between Member States, EU institutions and the energy sector. JPEG

#EnvironmentandTransport

  1. The European Union should encourage citizens to utilize low- and zero-emissions mobility. For this we suggest an “EU Green Mobility Card”. This incentivises eco-friendly transport by awarding “green points” that could be exchanged for discounts in the service and entertainment sectors. JPEG
  2. We see great potential in electromobility and believe that improved infrastructure is needed. JPEG
  3. We see the need for the EU to provide a comprehensive guide for European cities to introduce Low Emission zones. Low emission zones have proven to be a successful tool to reduce car traffic and thus improve air quality in urban areas. JPEG

#TransitionsandChallenges

  1. We believe that there should be a higher share of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) in an interconnected Smart Grid with decentralised production. JPEG
  2. We see the need for further modernisation and expansion of current energy infrastructure, including higher interconnectivity and the expansion of the smart grid. To this end, we should consider additional privacy and security issues the consumer may face. JPEG
  3. Aware of the underdevelopment of energy storage technologies and therefore the limited potential of RES, we support greater research and development in this area. This will allow us to live in an emission free world in the future. JPEG
  4. Though we appreciate market orientated approaches to promote the transition to renewable energy, such as the Emission Trading Scheme and the Effort Sharing Agreement, more efficient regulations are needed. JPEG

#EuropeintheWorld

  1. We want to emphasise that the European Union should continue to take global responsibility and act as a role model in terms of sustainability in energy. This commitment should also be reflected in intergovernmental agreements involving countries outside of the EU. JPEG