Generation 2050 Manifesto
Climate change is an intergenerational emergency that requires urgent action. It affects us at local, national and global levels as we consider the challenge of adapting our habits as a world community. This is compounded by the need to meet growing global energy demand, particularly for many millions still living without adequate access to energy.
We are Generation 2050. Young professionals embarking on their careers in energy today, and we will be the industry’s leaders in 2050. We will inherit a sector that will be judged on how it has responded, so it’s crucial that our knowledge is utilised, and our concerns are heard.
Through this Manifesto, we are reverse mentoring our political and industrial leaders; giving a collective voice to tomorrow’s energy leaders and providing fresh views on the skills we will need to meet global net zero targets.
As we approach critical decisions in the lead up to COP26 and for the recovery from the global pandemic, there hasn’t been a more important time for the voices of Generation 2050 to be heard.
Sinead Obeng AMEI, Chair, Energy Institute Young Professionals Council
Sinead Obeng AMEI, Chair, Energy Institute Young Professionals Council
Industry and political leaders respond to the Manifesto
"The power to bring about change is in everybody’s hands - I couldn’t agree more! I was inspired by this statement and the full message in the Generation 2050 manifesto - written by over 1,000 young leaders.
The energy transition will require collaboration, diversity and original thinking - and this document is a brilliant example of all three areas in action. BP shares the same passion to reimagine energy and I am excited to see these young leaders help us, and the world, reach net-zero."
"I welcome this powerful Manifesto organised by the Energy Institute. It is imperative that we listen to the voices of those who will lead the next phase of the energy transition. I strongly agree that greater pace and ambition is needed to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, and that enabling universal access to energy - using low-carbon and renewable sources where possible - is fundamentally important for a sustainable future.
I give you the only response that is acceptable: I hear you, Shell hears you, and that’s why we have an ambition to be a net-zero emissions energy business, by 2050 or sooner, in step with society."
"Those just embarking on their careers in energy today will inherit the sector by the middle of the century. They’ll inherit all the progress I believe we will have made, but also any challenges that are left unresolved.
I’m very encouraged to see the Generation 2050 initiative giving young people in the sector a voice to express their views and perspectives to leaders in the sector."
"The Generation 2050 manifesto rightly calls for a collaborative and expeditious approach by industry and government to tackle the challenges our world faces.
The young professionals, whose views are reflected in this manifesto, are well equipped to take this industry forward, as we transition to a lower carbon future. It is crucial their voices are heard."
"Today’s young professionals are the future leaders of the energy transition so it is fantastic to see ‘Generation 2050’ champion universal access to energy, investment in technology and infrastructure plus immediate action on climate change.
“We must take urgent and radical action if we are to tackle climate change so it is encouraging to know that the reigns will be handed over to a generation who consider this a shared, global challenge requiring shared, global solutions."
"The Generation 2050 Manifesto is comprehensive in laying out the challenges of the main issues facing our industry today: pace and needed actions on addressing climate change, energy equality on a global scale and the empowerment and skill development of the next generation of the industry.
The Manifesto both reinforces to us that we are taking the right steps as a business and also inspires us to continue to challenge ourselves and our industry to be more ambitious and move quicker."
"At the heart of a Green Recovery and combating climate change is the necessity to reach net zero by 2050. This is a challenging, but achievable target.
Young energy professionals are central to the debate about how we achieve this change, they are in a unique position to help shape the outcome for our planet. Generation 2050 is a fantastic contribution to that process and we look forward to working with the Energy Institute and its member on this exciting project."
"I welcome and am humbled by the enthusiasm of the army of young energy professionals ready to join the energy industry at such a crucial time to save our planet from irreversible adverse consequences. We have been such a large part of the problem, we are now called to be an even larger part of the solution!"
"Young energy professionals are central to the debate about how we achieve this change, they are in a unique position to help shape the outcome for our planet. Generation 2050 is a fantastic contribution to that process."
"It’s fantastic to hear the views of so many future leaders of the energy industry. The actions we take now will determine the state of the planet they inherit, and so it’s no surprise they want greater pace and ambition on both climate change and universal access to energy."
The Generation 2050 Manifesto is a great initiative giving a voice to the next generation of leaders in the energy sector. They identify five key themes which resonate strongly with me, particularly the need to make big decisions now in order to decarbonise and deliver the green economy of the future.
"It’s critical that today’s energy leaders understand what the energy leaders of the future think about the global energy transition.
And the message is clear and stark. We are off target and time is not on our side - we need to do more to accelerate the energy transition, we need to do more to give universal access to clean energy, and we need to do more to train the workforce of the future to deliver the transition.
In short, we need to raise our collective ambition level."
"Generation 2050 in the energy industry know what they’re saying: more needs to be done, faster, to drive towards a fairer, more sustainable industry future. While the pace of change is accelerating, it still falls far short of what is needed and there are so many ’no regrets’ options which governments could pursue. Thankfully, demography is on our side, as younger people see this so clearly. But time is not. We must all do what we can to drive change - fast."
"The next generation of energy leaders have delivered a clear call for change; for us to better align our business plans with a fair and sustainable future.
Generation 2050 are right to say that we are not yet doing enough, and I fully support them in this challenge to our sector. We must respond to it, so that we continue to play a positive role in society and so that we retain and best work with the talent and enthusiasm of our young professionals."
"Building and retaining skills, recovering from the pandemic and keeping our eye on long-term climate goals are the defining challenges of our time. Young people get it. With will and determination, we can win on all counts. We mustn’t let the next generation down."
"The Energy Institute Generation 2020 Manifesto highlights the clear voice of our Gen-Z and future leaders in the Energy Sector. I am excited by their passion, power, vision and focus which positions them to make the world a better place with energy-related jobs of the future. Hearty congratulations on this most inspiring document."
Generation 2050 webinars
Is <2C within reach?, IP Week, February 2021
Tomorrow's energy leaders: Shaping up for net zero, NY Climate Week, Sept 2020
Building a global energy system fit for the future, July 2020
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