Under the Research and Youth Engagement (RYE) program, Student Energy is leading a series of youth-led research projects that aim to close critical data gaps on youth and energy, and engage a wide range of young people, and industry and government stakeholders in the process so that this research can be mobilized into action.
Our current projects:
In a first of its kind report, Student Energy led a global data gathering project to understand youth perspectives on energy and climate. Surveying nearly 42,000 people in 129 countries, the upcoming GYEO report includes Global Insights, Regional Chapters, and profiles of young energy leaders from around the world.
In 2022, Student Energy and the Global Covenant of Mayors on Climate & Energy and the University of Melbourne partnered to develop a Youth Impact Framework (‘the Framework’, or the YIF). The Framework is a tool with 15 outcomes and indicators that allow youth to measure and communicate the impacts of their work with all levels of government and industry leaders, it can also be used by decision-makers to understand the tangible contributions of youth-led work. Ranging from GHG emissions reduction to green jobs created, and increased civic engagement of youth, the Framework’s 15 selected “impacts” represent some of the most urgent actions that are needed to accelerate the pace of the energy transition and climate action. This Framework is designed to be particularly useful at the nexus of climate, energy, youth leadership, and cities and local governments, catalyzing collaboration and partnership to tackle the climate crisis and address myriad socioeconomic challenges.
The Energy Transition Skills Project, led by Student Energy in partnership with Ørsted, explores how the global skills gap and growing workforce needs can be addressed by investing in young people and aligning with their needs and aspirations. The project surveyed young people ages 18-35 from around the world to understand what they prioritize in their careers, and the barriers they face in accessing careers that support the clean energy transition. These perspectives informed a report that shares insights and recommendations for energy companies, young people, and other stakeholders on how to advance youth skill development and employment in the energy transition.