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This cross-cutting theme focuses on advancing energy access, energy transitions as well as enabling the SDGs through the development and application of data; technology, innovation, research and capacity building measures, as well as through integrated policy making and regulation that are necessary to achieve SDG7.
Innovation has played a critical enabling role in progressing towards the SDG7 targets. While the uptake of renewable energy technologies has been growing and prices declining over the past few years, innovation in enabling technologies, such as smart metering, energy storage and battery technologies, will be critical in transforming power systems. The same can be said about financial and social innovation where disruptive business models and behavior change will be the key drivers in rethinking the future energy systems and guiding future investments in the field.
The need to deliver the SDGS within the next 9 years is further driving a shift in innovation priorities beginning from the role of energy in the power sector, to addressing a broader range of challenges and opportunities of the energy system and its intersection with sectors such as transport, health, agro-industries and food-value chains, manufacturing, buildings and urban infrastructure.
Energy is also now seen as a mechanism to address issues of exclusion where renewable energies provide an opportunity to improve the lives of those living in slums and informal settlements, for example, or as a mechanism to improve gender equality for women and girls through the interface of renewable energy sources reducing domestic workloads and offering livelihood opportunities.
What is the overall goal of this consultation?
We want to draw on the life experiences and knowledge of young people to make recommendations that support youth to become industry leaders and advance innovation in the energy sector, while hearing their perspectives on some of the biggest challenges in addressing SDG7 from a technological perspective.
1. Disruptive Innovation
The transport sector is often cited as the biggest challenge (think shipping and aviation) to decarbonization.
4. Social innovations
For background information, please read the official materials uploaded by the HLDE Secretariat:
- Concept Note
- Secretariat Summary of the First Meeting
- Annotated Outline of Thematic Report
- IISD: First Meeting Summary
Our lead moderator who will be preparing recommendations for the Technical Working Groups is Ms. Helen Watts, Senior Director of Global Partnerships, Student Energy
Rules of Engagement:
- This discussion is open to any young person between 16-30 years
- Please be respectful of each other and the moderators
- Please respond to the questions posted by the moderators
- Let us know which question you are answering in your comments
- You may post anonymously
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