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Latest from Generation 2050: podcasts, round tables and COP26

Young professionals from across the energy system are embarking on a year-long campaign to have their voices heard by industry and political leaders in the run-up to COP26, as part of the Energy Institute’s Generation 2050 initiative. 

Building on publication of the Generation 2050 Manifesto at the end of last year, representatives from across the EI’s young professional networks and partner organisations have kicked off new activities designed to build intergenerational dialogue on the biggest issues facing the world of energy.

First, a special season of the EI’s Energy In Conversation podcast is already under way, bringing young professionals from different parts of the energy world into conversation with senior figures from the sector, discussing their areas of specialism as well as their career motivations, hopes and concerns. Most recently released were episodes on ‘Making CCUS a Reality’ and ‘Unlocking the Grid’, with participants from BP, Drax, IBM, Vattenfall and others. More are to follow on climate finance, sustainable aviation fuel and universal energy access.

Second, a series of international round tables is also under way, again bringing together panels of young professionals with figures in leading positions. The first took place as part of IP Week 2021, at which young professionals, the UK’s Net Zero Business Champion, the CEO of Chrysaor and others debated the central question of whether global warming of 2°C or less is within reach and the actions needed from governments and companies to meet this and other global energy challenges.

Finally, activities in the run up to and at COP26 itself in Glasgow in November are being developed as part of the Generation 2050 initiative, with the lead being taken by the EI’s young professionals in Aberdeen, Highlands and Islands, in collaboration with networks around the world. Generation 2050 is an initiative intended to build intergenerational dialogue so, whether you’re early in your career or more established and in a leadership role, please help spread the word within your networks to increase the reach of these activities.

Energy In Conversation is available on all major podcast streaming platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music, Castbox, YouTube and on the EI website at

More about Generation 2050 and the IP Week round table on catch up are at

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