MEREDITH ADLER So the first thing I think we're seeing en masse is really a determination around the timeline for the transition. So a lot of companies five or six years ago would be saying that at 2100 would be the earliest that we could transition. Many, I think, still feel that way now. Whereas what we're seeing from young people is, by and large, they really want this transition to happen faster.
Our global youth energy outlook shows that over 85 percent of young people globally want net zero by 2050, and about 60 percent of them would like to see net zero by 2030. So that's vastly different than what you're hearing necessarily from governments or from the industry. And so while that level of impatience might be challenging, if you're someone's boss, I think it is really helping to push the dial on what can we do. And often what you're seeing from young people in the industry is they’re really, when given the opportunity, able to pull pieces together in a different way or ask questions about why is it that we do it that way? And perhaps there was a very good reason, you know, in the 1950s and the 1960s, to do it that way. But if nobody has been coming in and questioning that, it can very much be that there are new processes and new things that can be put in place to help meet these goals faster.
I think the other thing that's really crucial for the energy industry to think about and that they're really starting to reckon with is that young people are really focusing on energy issues in an intersectional way, which can be really challenging. What I mean by that is that often for a company, you'll have your CO2 mitigation policy over here and your goals around net zero over here. And then you'll have your community engagement and other human centered goals over here. Maybe they aren't as much of a factor for you. But what we're seeing from young people is that the social side and the environmental side are equally important and they see them as firmly interlinked. And so a lot of conversations with companies that we're working with where, you know, I'll sit in front of the CEO and say, you know, they want you to work on your carbon goals, but they actually are very concerned about your environmental justice and human rights issues at the same time, you know, and it is a little bit sometimes like giving somebody really complex math equation where there's this idea that we should be separating these things often within industry because it's easier to work on them in different areas.
But what young people are really expecting is this holistic action, and that can really be quite a bit of a challenge in terms of how you think through challenges. And I would say, if you look at the ESG conversation, it seems like there is a lot of progress happening on the environmental side. But I would predict that by the emphasis of young people, this social piece is going to become heavily critiqued in the not-too-distant future and going to become a really key centre point in a way that I don't think most companies have imagined the emphasis will be in the coming years.