IRENA Youth Talk
Youth Powering Sustainable Energy Technology


Following the first edition of the Energy Transition Heroes webinar series, organised under the umbrella of the IRENA Youth Talk, IRENA, in collaboration with Enel Foundation, continued to actively engage with young people through a new IRENA Youth Talk which focused on the theme “Youth Powering Sustainable Energy Technology”.

The webinar pointed at a combination of technologies and innovative solutions as an opportunity to decarbonise the energy system and achieve a 1.5°C Pathway. It also showed the positive impact of technological development on the living standards of young people and how a renewables-powered energy transition can have a positive outcome on young lives by improving access to key services, such as education and health.

During the event, young participants discussed the socio-economic opportunities that the energy transition offers them, including jobs and diverse career opportunities. Green technologies are proving to be an indispensable factor for resilience, inclusion, and equality and key in pursuing the goal of sustainability.

Besides being among the primary beneficiaries of the energy transition, young people can also contribute to technological innovation in this space. The event highlighted the role of young people in identifying and developing solutions that can promote and accelerate the renewables-based energy transition to achieve climate targets and other sustainable development goals.


13 July 2021

18:00 – 18:01 GST

Brief introduction by the Moderator
  • Lydia Sanz Lozano, IRENA Youth Forum Network

18:01 – 18:05 GST

Thematic Survey – Online Interactions

18:05 – 18:15 GST

Remarks by:
  • Dolf Gielen, Director, IRENA Innovation and Technology Center
  • Carlo Papa, Managing Director, Enel Foundation

18:15 – 19:10 GST

Interactive discussion

Ice-breaking speeches

  • Nicola Armaroli, Research Director and Member of Italian National Research Council (CNR)
  • Anupama Sen, Executive Director, Oxford Institute of Energy Studies (OIES)


  • Rind Alhage, Focal Point VRE Grid Integration, SDG 7 Youth Constituency
  • Kabir Nadkarni, Climate Finance Advisor, Student Energy
  • Ujunwa Ojemeni, Development Finance Executive and Open Africa Power Alumna

19:10 – 19:25 GST

Q&A with Audience

19:25 – 19:30 GST

Closing by the Moderator
  • Lydia Sanz Lozano, IRENA Youth Forum Network
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