The Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT-RRCAP) and the Sustainable Energy Youth Network (SEYN), with the support of the Regional Project Energy Security and Climate Change Asia-Pacific of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, are organizing the Youth Energy Academy (YEA) that will place at the Asian Institute of Technology in Pathum Thani, Thailand, between 28 October and 3 November 2019.
The Youth Energy Academy Concept
Communities and cities in Asia are already experiencing the consequences of climate change. Ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all needs a faster and more inclusive energy transition. With a growing population, higher energy demand and increasingly harsher climate change impacts, Asia needs to focus more on decentralized renewable energy (DRE) approaches. DRE provides crosscutting benefits, including providing energy to the many millions of people that still lack access, especially in rural and inaccessible areas such as small islands, while also offering possibilities for community development.
The challenges, the scale of changes required, and the potential benefits of more citizen participation call for different forms of engagement from the individual to collective levels. The Youth Energy Academy explores these opportunities, highlighting the new role of the “prosumer” (producer + consumer), renewable energy community groups and cooperatives, entrepreneurship, and others, from practical perspective.
Young people have a crucial stake in the future. For their energy and creativity, there is great potential in involving young women and men in the energy transition, regardless of their background, educational or professional path. In efforts to address the gender gap in energy issues, we encouraged young women to participate in the programme.
1. Raise awareness about the need to shift to sustainable energy solutions and the role of citizens in this transition.
2. Promote the involvement of young people in decentralized RE and EE actions by sharing inspiring stories and projects led by other young people.
3. Equip young people with the hard and soft skills and tools to design, organize, build and manage small scale sustainable energy projects.
4. Foster leadership, entrepreneurship and a “can-do” attitude, by encouraging young people to develop and apply skills in developing projects in their communities, increasing the sustainability of such projects and creating local and meaningful jobs.
You can check here AIT campus maps to help you find your way around.
Please note that the YEA sessions will take place in different locations according to the programme:
Morning sessions will be at the training room inside the AIT Library building
Afternoon practical workshops we will be at the Energy lab and workshop areas
Evening sessions will take place in different locations (check programme)
Programme and Materials
Ms. Susana Guerreiro
Mr. Jonathan Brenes
+66(0) 82 987 2156
Ms. Lucksika Sabannga (for admin issues, meals and hotel reservations)
+66 (0) 87 660 6554
Ms. Lulu Sheng (for flight reservations and e-tickets)
+852-2882 2949 (in Hong Kong)
More info during the programme in the YEA facebook page - stay tuned