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Global Youth Energy Outlook

The Global Youth Energy Outlook (GYEO) is the first youth-led research project of its kind to engage over 40,000 young people ages 18 to 30 and share their perspectives on the energy transition. The GYEO is led by a team of 12 Regional Coordinators from around the world and the final report will be launched at the global climate conference COP 26 in Glasgow in November 2021.

Research questions:

  1. What actions do young people want to see happen to deliver a sustainable energy transition by 2030?
  2. How do young people want to be part of energy solutions needed for this transition?

The Outlook will develop unique roadmaps to 2030 for ten global regions, as each region has distinct challenges and opportunities in transforming its energy system. Regional roadmaps will represent the perspectives of diverse young people across the region, gathered through a consultative research process by the Outlook’s Regional Coordinators.


About the Outlook

Youth are calling for leaders in all sectors to move beyond tokenism and engage with youth

through equitable and meaningful partnerships. How can decision-makers work with youth to accelerate climate action and the sustainable energy transition? The Global Youth Energy Outlook presents insights from 40,000+ youth from around the world, on what young people envision for their energy future and how they want to work with decision-makers to get there.

Check out the initial findings from the report

Youth Regional Recommendations for the Global Covenant of Mayors on Climate & Energy

The Youth Regional Recommendations for the Global Covenant of Mayors on Climate & Energy report is a project between Student Energy, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM), and the Melbourne Centre for Cities (University of Melbourne). The project brings together a team of nine global youth to conduct data analysis and synthesize regional insights from Student Energy’s Global Youth Energy Outlook (GYEO).

Founding Partners

As an entirely youth-led project, the Global Youth Energy Outlook’s success depends on global climate and energy leaders actively supporting our work. Student Energy’s GYEO Founding Partners have been critical to getting this project off the ground and endorsing the mission it is trying to achieve: empowering young people to accelerate a sustainable energy transition. 

Knowledge Partners

Knowledge Partners support the research and analysis phase of the Outlook through peer reviewing, supporting our communications efforts to get the message of the GYEO to wider networks, mentoring our team and youth Regional Coordinators, hosting roundtable discussions on “dive deep” topics of the energy transition, participating as topic experts in regional dialogues, and providing high level insights for implementing the GYEO beyond COP26 Glasgow.

To learn more about our partnerships connect with Student Energy’s Senior Director of Global Partnerships, Helen Watts.

Meet the Regional Coordinators

In February 2020, Student Energy put out a call for applications to join a team of ten young people from around the world who would work together over the next six months to develop the Global Youth Energy Outlook. We received incredible applications from 30 countries, and finally selected twelve Regional Coordinators to form a truly global, multidisciplinary team. The Regional Coordinator team brings expertise in energy, research, policy and international development, and youth engagement.

The Regional Coordinator team will work together with the Global Youth Energy Outlook project management team to co-design research methodology and community engagement strategies.

Regional Coordinators will develop their own strategies for engaging youth in their regions, ensuring that young people from diverse regional and socioeconomic backgrounds are meaningfully represented.

Want to get involved? Check out the GYEO Pitch Deck.

Paola Flores Carvajal
Bolivia | Regional Coordinator for Latin America

Paola studies Industrial Engineering at Universidad San Francisco Xavier (USFX) and is passionate about renewable energy, science, start-ups, and community projects. In 2015, Paola received a scholarship from the Embassy of the United States of America to participate in a Science and Innovation Summer Camp in La Jolla, California where Paola gained life-changing experience about renewable energy and its importance in our future. Since then, Paola has worked on many social projects in Bolivia, and founded Magnífica Warmi with a group of friends, which is a project to work with Indigenous women in issues related to environment and climate change. Paola is the General Coordinator of Student Energy at USFX and is also a participant in the 2020 Student Energy Leaders Fellowship.

Kayla Choi
South Korea | Regional Coordinator for OECD Pacific

Kayla Choi is currently majoring in Civil Engineering with a special interest in the  Transportation, Green Buildings, and Renewable Energy. With a specific focus on energy and climate, she co-organized a renewable energy tour in Seoul for both locals and foreigners sponsored by KEEC, planned a curriculum for educating elementary students on climate change in partnership with the Climate Scouts program, arranged environmental campaigns on her university campus, co-planned and spoke at ‘Docking Talking’, a youth networking event to discuss environmental issues and solutions, and worked in the planning committee for ‘Energy Transition Frontier’, a nation-wide program to address wind energy barriers. Currently, she is helping design and plan a community garden project, and researching policy designs to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 along with members at Bigwave.

Jarret Fisher
United States of America | Regional Coordinator for North America

Jarret Fisher is one of two North American Regional Coordinators for the Global Youth Energy Outlook. Jarret was the sole representative for the United States at the 10th Clean Energy Ministerial and 4th Mission Innovation Youth Leaders Forum in Vancouver, Canada in May 2019, and has been involved with local advocacy for a full clean energy transition. Jarret earned her Bachelor’s and MBA from DePaul University in Chicago.

Arsenii Kirgizov-Barskii
Russia | Regional Coordinator for Eastern Europe & Central Asia

Arsenii Kirgizov-Barskii is a MGIMO University student in Moscow, Russia, studying international relations and energy diplomacy in the International Institute of Energy Policy and Diplomacy.

Arsenii is the Assistant Chairman of BRICS Youth Energy Agency and the Founder of its SDG Platform, aimed at promoting the UN 2030 Agenda. The Agency’s Analytical Center prepares on annual basis the “BRICS Youth Energy Outlook”, which is recognized by BRICS Energy Minsters as an important analytical edition for sectoral planning, and operates an active Network for young energy researchers. Arsenii is the First Secretary of the Arctic Student Research Club, doing scientific work on international sustainability issues in the Arctic region. Arsenii has broad experience participating in international events, such as ECOSOC Youth Forum, International Model Arctic Council in Finland, Iceland and Russia, BRICS Youth Energy Summit in Russia.

Linette Knudsen
Denmark | Regional Coordinator for Europe

Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, Linette is currently studying for an MSc in Global Development. In addition, she holds an MSc in Global Environment, Politics and Society from the University of Edinburgh and a BSc in Sociology from the University of Copenhagen.

Linette is interested in human-environment interactions, particularly surrounding sustainable cities or the energy-development nexus. For the past year, she has been actively engaged in Student Energy where she has represented youth on the topics of Clean Energy and Sustainable Cities at the CEM/MI 2019 Youth Leaders Forum, participated in the 2019 International Student Energy Summit, and shared her thoughts on the role of youth in transitioning to a just and inclusive energy future as a panelist at the 2019 EU Research and Innovation Days.

Zimbabwe | Regional Coordinator for Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

Nyashadzashe is currently an MSc student in Energy Engineering at Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (PAUWES). She has been involved in clean energy research work that includes improving the quality of biodiesel to be used in Zimbabwe as fuel to promote renewable energy. She had the opportunity to gain insight into how the Sustainable Energy for All programme was implemented, whereby solar systems were installed to improve health services and the standard of living in the rural parts of Zimbabwe and Malawi. Nyashadzashe is also part of the Student Energy Chapter at PAUWES, working to empower youth to facilitate the adoption of sustainable energy systems that protect the environment.

Joshua Miguel Lopez
Philippines | Regional Coordinator for Southeast Asia

Joshua Miguel Lopez is the Southeast Asia Regional Coordinator for the Global Youth Energy Outlook. He also leads REBOOT, a training program for youth leaders working to realize the Just Energy Transition in the Philippines. Joshua is passionate about using developments in clean energy and digital technologies to solve systemic social issues. He also believes in empowering the people – especially the youth – to create solutions in context.

Joshua also works as Project Officer for the Philippines’ Department of Information and Communications Technology, where he manages innovation and ecosystem development projects. Before that, he worked for the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung on projects ranging from rural development to security sector reform. He also led a technology startup that provided free internet in public spaces in Manila.

Chibunna Ogbonna
Nigeria | Regional Coordinator for Sub-Saharan Africa

Chibunna Ogbonna is a visionary leader, social entrepreneur and renewable energy young professional, as well as a global voice for sustainable energy, youth empowerment and sustainable development. He works towards driving sustainable development across Nigeria and Africa, and he recently represented Nigeria at the IRENA Youth Forum 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He is the convener of the first International Youth Dialogue on Renewable energy held virtually in May, 2020. As a global citizen, Chibunna loves to connect and collaborate with people from diverse cultures, backgrounds and countries to work on impactful projects for a sustainable future. He speaks at national and international platforms on renewable energy, entrepreneurship, environmental sustainability and sustainable development issues.

Tianna Philippot
Canada | Regional Coordinator for North America

Tianna Philippot is one of the Global Youth Energy Outlook Regional Coordinators for North America and the President of the Student Energy Chapter at the University of Manitoba. She will be graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Biosystems Engineering with an Environmental Specialization and Business minor in May 2021. She has worked in environmental engineering consulting, hydro power, and renewable energy research laboratories. As an Indigenous woman, the highlight of her work is implementing practical clean energy education and technology on a global scale and within diesel reliant Indigenous communities. Tianna has an undeniable passion for the environment and innovative energy related research and development. Her main focus is carbon capture, storage, and utilization. She plans to continue research within this field after graduation with hopes of creating a clean technology start-up company.

Nabila Putri Salsabila
Indonesia | Regional Coordinator for Southeast Asia

Nabila Putri Salsabila (Salsa) is a lifelong, fast learner and high achiever who is passionate about energy transition, climate action, and sustainability. She graduated from Bioprocess Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering, Universitas Indonesia.

Taking a concrete step towards her belief in energy and electricity as the key to improve people’s quality of life in all aspects, Salsa’s research thesis explored the development of a village model with an integrated renewable energy system (hybrid power generation system and household-scale biogas generation) for rural productivity zone in East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia, from techno-economic, financing, policy, and environmental perspectives, as an electrification and development strategy in an underdeveloped area. In the future, she aspires to be the driving force towards a sustainable era who contributes to Indonesia and the world by being a consultant, key player and decision or policy-maker in international or intergovernmental organization, and by becoming a Sustainable Development Goals expert in Indonesia.

Syed Faisal Shah
Pakistan | Regional Coordinator for Indian Subcontinent

Syed Faisal Shah is a Pakistani Electrical Engineer, and is a founding Vice-President of the Student Energy Chapter at U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Energy (USPCAS-E) in Peshawar, Pakistan. Syed is also a Youth Minister for Energy at the Provincial Youth Assembly (PYA) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He is also leading a team for the 2020 Student Energy Leaders Fellowship working on sustainable policy formulation for Micro-hydro Power Plants operating in rural and remote communities of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.

After completing his Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering, Syed worked in the telecom industry for some time, but his keen interests in energy and sustainable policy development compelled him to further his studies in this field. He received a scholarship to complete his Master’s degree in Energy Management and Sustainability at USPCAS-E Peshawar. Syed is currently in his final semester of his Master’s degree and is conducting research on sustainable policy development for large hydro-power dams in the country. Syed presented his research at two international conferences in 2019, and has participated in many other national energy and innovation conferences and seminars. Syed is passionate about a future in the field of Energy Management and Sustainable Policy Development, and working toward a sustainable and secure energy future.

Ye Zheng
China | Regional Coordinator for Greater China

Ye is a fourth-year Civil Engineering student and the founder of the McGill Chapter of Student Energy at McGill University. As a future engineer, she aspires to become a global thinker and leader in sustainable development; Ye has been actively involved in research projects, clubs, start-ups that are related to sustainable development. In China, Ye co-founded a social enterprise called PDT Food Depot that is focused on finding ways to utilize surplus food, and is helping a start-up called LOHAS to promote composting projects of kitchen waste in cities. She is also conducting research projects with professors at McGill University and Sun Yat-sen University, focusing on quantitative analysis of climate change and the development of green concrete materials. This summer and fall, Ye is based in China to help the Global Youth Energy Outlook to conduct research on youth empowerment focusing on sustainable energy transition in cities.

Frequently Asked Questions

What final output and impact do you envision for the Global Youth Energy Outlook (GYEO)?

The GYEO will be a tool for understanding what today’s youth want for the sustainable energy transition through 2030. The report will show opinion data across all ten global regions, and contain timelines, roadmaps, policy recommendations, and pathways for public and private institutions to partner with young people and meaningfully include them in decision making processes.
The project’s findings are intended to bridge a communication gap between decision-makers and young people, by clearly outlining young people’s priorities and how they want to take action to transform the global energy system. The primary audience for the Outlook are decision-makers in government and industry, those who can lead efforts to facilitate meaningful engagement with young people. Youth are another important audience, as they will be able to use the Outlook to learn more about global opinions on the sustainable energy transition including impactful ways to get involved.

How will the Regional Coordinators find 5,000 questionnaire participants within
each of their regions?

The Regional Coordinators have spent the past few months building extensive network contact lists, consisting of people and organizations that champion meaningful youth participation across various subject matters and industries. They have begun reaching out to known contacts within their own networks, and are currently being connected to participants within Student Energy’s programs. They will begin external outreach as soon as the questionnaire is online. Additionally, Regional Coordinators have begun taking speaking opportunities in order to share the importance of our work and request participation from young people who want their voices to be heard.
Our goal is to use our combined networks to communicate the importance of this project, and to ask others to help promote youth participation in the GYEO.

Phase I research is a questionnaire, what is Phase II?

Phase II consists of a series of Regional Dialogues, where we focus on specific issues within each region to better understand what young people want for the sustainable energy transition. The dialogues have between 10-15 participants each, with the goal of collaborating to solve some of the most pressing issues within the energy sector over the course of the 2 hour session. You can apply to be part of our Regional Dialogues by filling out the following form.

Are you strict about participants being in the 18-30 age range?

Yes we are strict on the 18-30 age range. That is the age group that Student Energy typically works with, and helps to ensure a minimum level of energy knowledge across all participants.
However, we encourage our youth network in all our programs to leverage our tools and projects to engage children and under 18-year olds as they are critical stakeholders in the energy transition and have important insights and roles to play.
We also frequently engage young professionals who are over 30-years old as mentors, program speakers, co-facilitators, and in many other roles to ensure that there is intergenerational collaboration running through all of our programs.