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Renewable Energy Through the Eyes of Young People

This article is part three of a three-part series detailing teen climate ambassadors Inka Vogt and Fabian Beveridge’s trip to Bonn, Germany. Inka and Fabian are currently cycling 10,000 km across Europe to raise awareness about climate change and the need for climate action. In Bonn, they visited the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat’s headquarters, the Sustainable Development Goals Action Studio, the Momentum for Change Advisory Panel, Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Our young climate ambassadors Inka Vogt and Fabian Beveridge from Wellington, New Zealand recently visited the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), where they got the chance to have all their renewable energy questions answered, and shared stories about renewables they have seen during their travels.

Increasing society’s use of clean energy, which does not emit greenhouse gases, is crucial to deliver the key goal of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, which is to limit the global average temperature rise to as close as possible to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

“Renewable energy is beneficial in many ways for the climate but primarily there is an economic case for it, and having a space where countries can get together and exchange views, identify priorities and have a common effort to accelerate it is very important,” Elizabeth Press, IRENA’s director of planning and programme support, told Inka and Fabian.

During their discussion, Elizabeth spoke with Inka and Fabian about many new promising developments in renewable energy around the world. For instance, in early July France announced its intention to end the sale of fossil-fuel-powered cars by 2040, and the UK made a similar announcement last week. What’s more, RE100, a group of multinational companies committed to achieving 100% renewable electricity, recently reported that they have reach 100 members, bringing their total revenue up to USD 2.5 trillion.

Elizabeth told the cyclists about IRENA, explaining it is a global international organization that supports its 150+ member countries transitioning to a sustainable energy future, by helping facilitate their use of bioenergy, geothermal, hydropower, ocean, solar and wind energy.

IRENA has published a recent report showing that clean energy could achieve 90% of the energy related CO2 emission reductions required to meet the central goals of the Paris Agreement. Read more here.

To read the full article that features in the UNFCCC Newsroom pages, please click here.