Reaching out to Youth

In 2019, GBEP decided to increase its efforts to involve youth in its activities and the GBEP Secretariat has worked hard to push forward with this commitment in 2020.

To this end, GBEP launched the GBEP Youth Award, which will be awarded each year in association with the Bioenergy Week. It is designed to acknowledge the important contribution of young researchers (at all levels, from bachelor to PhD) to development and innovation in the bioenergy sector. The first GBEP Youth Award 2021, linked with the 2021 Bioenergy Week that will focus on topics relevant to Africa, will spotlight students from African research institutions. The deadline for the call for papers is 31 December 2020.

GBEP is collaborating with the Youth and United Nations Global Alliance (YUNGA), which provides educational materials for youth groups across the world, and is producing a Bioenergy Supplement for the YUNGA Energy Challenge Badge. This Supplement, which should be finalized in 2021 after a piloting phase, will allow young people to focus their learning on bioenergy whilst completing their Energy Challenge Badge.  

The Secretariat has also been developing a number of communication materials. As well as a video introducing GBEP (available in both English and Spanish), this also includes some infographics to explain key bioenergy topics to the general public, including youth, with a view to sensitize their knowledge about the key potential role of bioenergy in the context of climate change and development. The topics are gasification, biogas and the Water-Energy-Food-Climate Nexus in the context of COVID-19.