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Tackling energy transition with youth in collaboration with IRENA


June 8, 2021

The beginning of 2021 saw the announcement of our new partnership with IRENA - the International Renewable Energy Agency – to foster the global energy transition. Signed by Enel CEO and Enel Foundation Chairman Francesco Starace and IRENA Director General Francesco La Camera, the alliance will prioritize the sharing of data and insights on the development of the green hydrogen economy, while also seeing both parties cooperate on youth engagement initiatives.

The “Energy Transition Heroes” series of the IRENA Youth Talk serves precisely this purpose: to raise awareness on energy-related issues among the younger generations and engage them in the run-up to COP26 via online and in-person events. On June 8 the first webinar will take place, with a special focus on “Addressing Equity and Climate Challenges through Renewables-based Energy Transitions”. The event aims to offer a platform for interactive discussion with youth on the direct and indirect social effects of the climate crisis. It will stress the link between climate change and well-being, while highlighting the positive contribution of an energy transition based on the combination between renewable generation, electrification of energy end-uses and smart power grids in tackling social inequalities.

Michele Crisostomo, Chair of Enel and Chair of the Scientific Committee of Enel Foundation, commented: “The younger generations have become a powerful and compelling force in the global climate conversation as they are increasingly demanding action towards a more equitable and sustainable society. It’s key that we provide them with opportunities to understand the chances and the challenges of the energy transition and take active part in its future development, so to promote intergenerational collaboration and new ideas.”

People of all ages are invited to attend by registering here. The event will be conducted in English with simultaneous interpretation in Arabic, French, and Spanish.

The Agenda of the event is (CET time):


Brief introduction by Akshay Jamdade, Founder Green Sustainable Future

5 - 5:05pm

Thematic Survey – Online Interactions

5:05 - 5:15pm

Remarks by Francesco La Camera, Director-General IRENA, Michele Crisostomo, Chair of Enel and Chair of the Scientific Committee of Enel Foundation and Damilola Ogunbiyi, CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All and Co-Chair of UN-Energy

5:15 - 6:15pm

Ice-breaking speeches with Jeffrey Sachs, President, Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), and Tracey Crowe, Chief of Staff and Director of Internal Programmes, Sustainable Energy for All.

Debate with Jin Tanaka, SDG 7 Youth Constituency; Nisreen Elsaim, Chair, UN Secretary-General’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change, UN; Riva Tulpule, Founder, WecareDXB and Y4S Sustainability Ambassador Alumni; Lyndsay Walsh, Winner of the IMF's Finance & Development Essay Competition, Climate and Energy Policy Assistant, WWF Belgium

6:10 - 6:25pm

Q&A with Audience

6:25 - 6:30pm

Closing by Akshay Jamdade

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