“Young people are forming our future. To mobilise youth on climate issues, is of utmost importance. We need new generations, with new perspectives, new approaches and fresh initiatives”, says Christian Rynning-Tønnesen, CEO in Statkraft.
The initiative, called ”Youth for Climate”, will be lead by the Global Shapers Community, the World Economic Forum’s network of young, highly motivated and dedicated leaders. The objective is to take ideas into scale-able solutions adapted to improve the energy efficiency in cities all over the world. The solutions should be able to play an important part in terms of staying within the two-degrees target.
The UN Climate Summit and COP 21
The objective is to present ideas and solutions at the UN Climate Summit in New York on the 23. September. The long-term objective is to provide tangible solutions to feed into the 21 climate summit (COP 21) to be arranged in Paris in December 2015.
“As an energy producer Statkraft has a natural responsibility to try and move the world towards a low-carbon future. Statkraft will work with partners, Coca Cola, Unilever and British Telecom, to make sure the initiative launched to day is progressing into specific actions”, says Christian Rynning-Tønnesen.
Support from the Norwegian Crown Price Couple
Statkraft’s CEO is especially pleased to see that the Royal Crown Prince Couple show their commitment by participating at the session today. H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon has been a member of Young Global Leaders (2005 – 2010), and is currently a member of its board. H.R.H. Crown Princess Mette-Marit is a mentor for the Oslo hub of Global Shapers.
Statkraft is Europe’s leader in renewable energy. The group develops and generates hydropower, wind power, gas power and district heating, and is a major player on the European energy exchanges. Statkraft has 3 600 employees in more than 20 countries.