Less than a year after its launch, the Global Alliance for Sustainable Energy has been bolstered by the arrival of the ESA – European Space Agency, Europe’s gateway to space, Student Energy and Youth Climate Leaders, two international organizations working tirelessly to fight climate change and create green jobs.
An alliance formed by numerous organizations to speak with a common voice in order to make renewable energy more sustainable and inclusive. Renewable energies are the cleanest in the current scenario since they produce no emissions, however this is insufficient.To make them completely sustainable, we need to rethink the entire sector, with a holistic approach that focuses not only on environmental aspects, but social and governance ones as well – in short, the entire value chain – in order to ensure a fair and equitable energy transition. That’s why EGP is oneof the founders and promoters of the Global Alliance for Sustainable Energy, together with numerous other members that include multinationals, associations and universities.
“We’ve implemented a synergistic and proactive approach involving sustainability, innovation and procurement at Group level, collaborating on the Alliance’s working tables to define, for instance, a sustainable process for the supply chain and to transform it into an international standard in the renewables sector,” reads part of EGP statement. “Our strength is in collective action, which involves not only utilities but also stakeholders, such as producers of wind turbines or photovoltaic panels, associations from the sector, customers and civil society.”
Even space will be green
The European Space Agency was established to guide the development of Europe’s space capabilities and to guarantee that investments benefit Europeans and the rest of the world. With the recent program Space for a green future, the ESA aspires to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, in accordance with the UN’s sustainable development strategy.The Agency joins the Alliance as a leader in space technologies and applications as well as the development of next-generation architecture, supporting a green transition that offers genuine, measurable benefits to society, businesses and the economy.
A global network of new energies
Student Energy is an organization with premises in more than 30 countries. Since 2009, it has been working with governments, companies and other organizations to facilitate the meaningful engagement of new generations and is active in mobilizing resources, coaching and mentoring to promote innovative and sustainable energy solutions led by young people. On this front, the organization is well on the way to raising 150 million dollars by 2030 to finance the Youth Energy Solutions Movement, supported by the UN and the Danish government, to launch more than 10,000 youth-led clean energy initiatives and train 50,000 employable youth workers in clean energy business skills. Student Energy has joined the Alliance to strengthen intergenerational cooperation and the co-creation of solutions with young people, the group most affected by the decisions being made today about the future, especially concerning climate change and the energy transition.
The energy transition is creating new professions
The climate crisis and structural unemployment are two epoch-defining challenges that are the focus of the activities of Youth Climate Leaders (YCL). This organization aims to train 1 million young people to lead climate-related projects as part of a global network committed to the transition towards a fairer, carbon neutral society. So joining the Alliance is a further opportunity for YCL, which is already committed to ensuring that progress in renewable energy is combined with social inclusion and the creation of decent jobs for young people all over the world.
The cooperation of these NGOs is critical for the Alliance because one of the initiative’s key goals is to involve civil society in decision-making as well. We’re starting with young people since they represent future workers in the sector as well as future customers, who are increasingly interested in purchasing 100% sustainable energy.