Jakarta, Indonesia – Yayasan ICLEI Indonesia, through the Ambitious City Promises (ACP) project launched the “Youth Energizers: Student Leaders as Champions of Energy Efficiency and Environmental Sustainability” project last 20 October 2020 for elementary, junior, and senior high school students in DKI Jakarta.
A total of 24 schools, with 120 students and 24 teachers, participated in the Youth Energizers project which was launched to build the capacities and raise awareness of the students in DKI Jakarta to become active and knowledgeable advocates of energy efficiency and conservation (EE&C) and to facilitate peer-to-peer knowledge exchange among youth advocates.
Launch of the Youth Energizer pilot project
To adhere to health protocols and avoid the spread of COVID-19, all activities for this project will be carried out online. This training kicks off with the Energy Manager training for teachers, followed by the Energy Ambassador training for student representatives which will be divided into three (3) sessions for each school level.
The launch of the Pilot Project Youth Energizers was attended by DKI Jakarta’s Directorate of Energy Conservation, Directorate General of New and Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation (EBTKE), Deputy Governor of DKI Jakarta Province for Spatial Planning and Environment, DKI Jakarta Education Office, DKI Jakarta Environmental Service, DKI Jakarta Manpower, Transmigration and Energy Office, and participants from selected schools.
“I hope my fellow teachers and school principals can put this activity into practice. Fossil energy sources are very limited, and cause pollution and increase the temperature of the earth. The issue of climate change can be taught through any subject, such as in religious lessons, regarding energy-saving” said Dr. Muhamad Husin, M.Pd., Head of Junior and Senior High School Division from DKI Jakarta Provincial Education during his welcoming remarks.
Raising awareness through capacity building and competition
The energy sector is the biggest contributor of GHG (92.5% of total emissions) in DKI Jakarta according to the latest emission profile conducted in 2018. Emissions from the energy sector come from the use of fossil fuels and the consumption of electricity used for electricity generation and in the transportation, manufacturing, commercial, household, and other sectors. Shifting from fossil energy to renewable energy, energy-saving and using energy-efficient appliances are important in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the energy sector.
Based on the public consultations conducted, youth is one of the priority groups which have potential to become the active advocates for carbon mitigation in DKI Jakarta. For this reason, the Youth Energizer activities to be carried out with schools are expected to increase their awareness and to be proactive in the climate and sustainable development advocacy in DKI Jakarta.
Mr. Hari Yanto, Director of Energy Conservation, Directorate General of EBTKE, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, expressed his support of the program and said, “Activities regarding energy conservation in DKI Jakarta get ammunition through education that contributes to reducing GHG emissions. This training can make children ambassadors and agents of change for energy efficiency. Not only providing awareness, but by practicing direct activities at home and school.”
At the end of the training sessions, there will be a competition for school representatives for each school level. Teams from each school level will be assigned tasks related to EE&C wherein three selected winners will receive renewable energy support tools for schools at the end of the program.