Apprentice teams hold the key to start solving the Net Zero challenge

Young apprentices aged between 16 and 24 are being challenged to step up and help solve the climate change issues facing the world today.

Social enterprise Fuel Change is calling on young people to take part in a new national Net Zero challenge and come up with real solutions and ideas.

Fuel Change aims to empower young people to create a carbon neutral future for the next generation.

The organisation is fast gaining traction among government, industry and the education sector, with the ambition to eventually become a global platform that galvanises young people into taking meaningful action to address climate change, protecting the planet for their future and their children’s future.

The ‘Big Tonnes’ Challenge – starting on Monday 25 October – is Fuel Change’s fifth National Challenge and will be delivered in association with Arnold Clark.

It focuses on solutions that will influence sectors that have a significant impact on CO2 emissions.

Set by key industry partners, the challenges will focus on: Economic Model; Consumer Behaviours; Agriculture; Water and Natural Environment; Circular Economy; and Transportation. 

Teams will work with mentors over the next few months to come up with fresh new ideas, which will be presented later in the year.

Fuel Change welcomes teams from all industries across Scotland – not just construction and engineering – and is hoping to attract 25 new teams of apprentices to sign up this year.

The aim is not to find a sole ‘winner’, but to take forward all ideas worthy of implementation.

Fuel Change Co-founder, Jennifer Tempany said: “Given the success and impact of the previous challenge teams, we’re really looking forward to the start of our ‘Big Tonnes’ Challenge’. We can’t wait to work with the teams and support them to create innovative solutions and help them to develop invaluable skills. It’s an exciting time for Scotland as we approach COP26 in Glasgow this November – there’s really no better time for our next generation to get involved and take climate action.”

The Fuel Change challenges were established to spark a means by which the Scottish economy can shift to Net Zero, and at the same time use the innovative ideas to create wider commercial, economic benefits.

It is an opportunity for apprentices to develop innovative, but practical, solutions to real low-carbon challenges.

The challenge programme’s main aim is to help hit the target of a low-carbon Scotland by 2045 and create real solutions, which can be implemented by the partner companies in Scotland and potentially across the world.

Registration is open now until Friday, 15 October, and teams can register here.