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Energy Globe Award

With more than 178 participating countries and over 2000 project submissions annually the Energy Globe Award is today's most prestigious environmental prize worldwide. It distinguishes projects regionally, nationally and globally that conserve resources such as energy or utilize renewable or emission-free sources. Award ceremonies are held all over the world. Prominent personalities as well as Energy Globe Ambassadors in 90 countries support the mission of Energy Globe. The activities of Energy Globe attract worldwide media attention - international TV stations report each year with approximately 1,000 hours of broadcasting time. The aim of the Energy Globe is to raise global attention on sustainable, everywhere applicable environmental solutions and to motivate people to also become active in this area.

National ENERGY GLOBE Award United Kingdom 2017

Submitted by: 2050 Climate Group
Project: 2050 Climate Groups Young Leaders Development Program

The 2050 Climate Group, Scotland's youth climate group, aims to lead a social movement by engaging, educating and empowering Scotland's future leaders to take action on climate change.

Initial situation
The climate has been changing a lot during the last 150 years due to the increased energy demand, the massive consumption of fossil fuels and the high emissions of greenhouse gases. Consequences of the climate change which can already be felt will even become worse in the future and also affect the economy. The climate change and the question of sustainable energy supply are huge societal challenges and have to be solved both on a political and on an individual level. Since the implementation of political measures for climate change mitigation is proceeding quite slowly, a fundamental rethink and personal initiative of each and everyone is crucial.

Solution
The 2050 Climate Group, Scotland's youth climate group, aims to lead a social movement by engaging, educating and empowering Scotland's future leaders to take action on climate change. The 2050 Climate Group feel that a transformational change (a new normal) is necessary, and they have committed themselves to leading this change. They will do this by inspiring, and being inspired by others, in order to start a movement of passionate, like-minded individuals who are committed to ensuring a clean and sustainable future beyond the year 2050. The 2050 Climate Group is already 150 young leaders strong and aims to extend their membership to an additional 150-200 young leaders each year for the next 3 years. Thereafter, the group aims to facilitate the replication of its Young Leaders Development Programme across other countries.

Innovation
The most innovative aspect of the 2050 Climate Groups Young Leaders Development Programme is that it delivers positive results by way of positive action against climate change. In order to ensure that the Young Leaders Development Programme was about making a positive difference, and not just a talking shop, the young leaders were all set challenges throughout the programme. These challenges focused on changing the young leaders' own behaviours in their own personal lives (for example, by switching their energy suppliers to purely renewable energy suppliers), encouraging the young leaders to influence their current networks, such as their friends, families and workplaces (for example, by convincing their employers to change their travel or catering policies to sustainable ones), and facilitating the making of an impact at national levels (for example, by facilitating participation in government policy consultation responses). From just the first year of the programme, the group has already seen over 150 such challenges completed.

We are an enthusiastic supporter of the Energy Globe Awards and its aim to strengthen society’s awareness of the necessity for ecological change, by honouring outstanding best practice projects in environmental sustainability from all parts of the world. ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA is the official Trade Promotion Organisation (TPO) of the Republic of Austria and as a country we are proud of our success in green technologies. Our support of the Energy Globe Awards continues this tradition.

Jury-Rating
The climate has been changing a lot during the last 150 years due to the increased energy demand, the massive consumption of fossil fuels and the high emissions of greenhouse gases. This is a problem affecting us all. This year's National Winner of the Energy Globe Award in the United Kingdom leads a social movement by engaging, educating and empowering Scotland's future leaders to take action on climate change. Congratulations on your initiative!



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