STATEMENT: Elena Baturina's BE OPEN think tank supports the empowerment of young people in the energy sector at SES2

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STATEMENT: Elena Baturina's BE OPEN think tank supports the empowerment of young people in the energy sector at SES2

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LONDON, Dec. 1, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- As a partner of the Student Energy Summit (SES 2023), BE OPEN was honored to address 650 young people from over 100 countries who gathered at New York University in Abu Dhabi (NYUAD). They participated in the international, interdisciplinary program that strives to prepare young people for a career in the energy transition, showcasing underrepresented voices in the energy space and empowering young people to build meaningful relationships with peers and industry professionals.

From November 29 to December 1, united by the theme Reimagine the Future, SES 2023 provided delegates with the knowledge and connections necessary to take on local energy challenges and pursue their own projects.

It became the world's largest youth-led energy event providing space for hundreds of young people to collaborate on sustainable energy solutions. The organizers allowed the participation of young people from diverse backgrounds, especially young people from marginalized communities and developing countries, who had the opportunity to expand their capacities and expand their clean energy projects.

BE OPEN founder Elena Baturina welcomed the participants and underlined that the BE OPEN SDG program clearly demonstrated the importance of new energy initiatives: "Over the five years of our competition programme, sustainable energy solutions have played an important role in achieving all the development objectives that our competitions focused on. Educate and motivate young people to become leaders in the energy sector by offering them a platform for discussion and exchange of ideas, a nutritious soil for "Growth is the best way to move forward to achieve a better future for all."

To support these statements, the foundation shared the results of its SDG-themed student competition program, which chooses to focus on a particular goal each year, and has so far covered SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production, SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities, SDG 2: Zero Hunger and SDG 7: Clean and affordable energy. BE OPEN invited delegates from around the world to develop and submit their projects to the ongoing Design Your Climate Action competition dedicated to SDG13: Climate Action.

Among the Summit delegates, there were four winners of the latest BE OPEN competition, Better Energy by Design, and their attendance was part of the prize, in addition to cash grants. These were second prize winner Qin Zhou from Zhejiang University of Science and Technology in China, Public Vote prize winners Iwana Raydan and Mirjam Hoescht from Politecnico di Milano, Italy, and Founder's Choice prize winner Kevin Sulca, from the National University of Engineering, Peru.

The Summit concluded with a visit to the Green Zone of the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Dubai, by far the largest and most influential climate, energy and sustainability event in the world. In the Green Zone, delegates attended a series of panels on energy diplomacy, energy security and private sector action.


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