Press release | 2014-12-01 | 07:00 AM

Swedish youth presents their views of future energy solutions in Brussels

The energy transition is about making choices today that will kick in tomorrow. How to make choices which the next generation will not regret? In early December, 12 high school pupils from three cities in Sweden visit Vattenfall's office in Brussels to showcase their ideas about energy innovations for the future. Students have been involved in Vattenfall's project Gnistan (Spark).

Energy and climate action issues are on top of the EU agenda. They also dominate the public debate in many EU member states. For 70% of the youngest voters, energy is a decisive question influencing their political choices.

Vattenfall's project Gnistan (Spark) aims at providing young people with opportunities to develop their interest in science and technology. The project puts science and technology in a broader perspective and gives young people an understanding of their own role in society and knowledge of future energy challenges. Gnistan is a joint project between Vattenfall, Federation of Young Scientists and the Swedish Science Centers and since its start in 2013 has involved 21 high school classes in Sweden.

The participating pupils will showcase their innovations at Vattenfall's Brussels office, with an opportunity to engage with invited representatives from the EU institutions and wider stakeholders.

They will also participate in a public debate on the changing energy landscape hosted by Member of the European Parliament, Fredrick Federley (ALDE), and moderated by Vattenfall's President and CEO, Magnus Hall.

– The teenagers are given a great opportunity both to learn and to present their work to an international audience, and they have a very full agenda Brussels. With the project Gnistan, we want young people to feel they can make a difference and that they can contribute to a better world, says Carmen Wargborn, project manager for Gnistan at Vattenfall.

Participating schools in the study tour are:
Kiruna: Friluftsskolan Vargen
Trollhättan: Paradisskolan
Sollentuna: Edsbergsskolan

For further information, please contact:

Carina Netterlind, press officer, +46 76 103 66 62
From Vattenfall's Press Office, telephone: +46 8 739 5010.