The project Young Energy Europe (YEE) with its Energy Scout training is entering its second round. Since April 1st, 2021, preparations have also been underway in Croatia, Poland, Serbia and Slovakia to train primarily young employees on the topics of energy and resource efficiency. Since the end of 2017, this has already been the case in Bulgaria, Greece, the Czech Republic and Hungary. The 339 Energy Scouts trained so far will be joined by at least another 485 Energy Scouts by March 2024.
Dr. Silke Karcher, Head of Division at the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and responsible for EU climate and energy policy as well as the European Climate Initiative (EUKI), together with Sofie Geisel, Managing Director of DIHK Service GmbH, welcomed all managing directors and YEE project teams in the eight German Chambers of Commerce Abroad (AHKs) at the official project kick-off on April 26th. In front of the 45 participants, Dr. Karcher emphasized the successful “bottom-up” approach and the European exchange in the project, as well as the inspiration that comes from the corporate climate protection projects of the mostly young, highly motivated, and actively acting Energy Scouts.
The Young Energy Europe 2.0 project is funded from April 2021 to March 2024 within the framework of the EUKI, a funding instrument of the BMU. The aim is to train primarily young employees to become Energy Scouts, who are trained in the topics of energy and resource efficiency, mobility and climate protection and apply the acquired knowledge directly in the company. They learn to identify and leverage potential energy and resource savings in their companies by means of a concrete project.
The training courses are offered by the AHKs in the eight target countries in national languages, more information can be found on the websites of the respective AHKs.