Supporting global initiatives on gender balance: POWERful Women and ‘Equal by 30’, Vancouver

Supporting global initiatives on gender balance: POWERful Women and ‘Equal by 30’, Vancouver

At the gathering of 27 governments at the 10thClean Energy Ministerial in Vancouver this week, gender balance was high on the agenda. A highlight was the launch of Equal by 30’s report Balance Means Business! featuring POWERful Women.  We are proud to be a partner of the Equal By 30 campaign and to join other brilliant global initiatives and individuals showcased for their work towards better gender balance. 

Equal by 30 was launched last year as part of the Clean Energy, Education and Empowerment Initiative (C3E), which works to advance the participation of women in the clean energy transition, and close the gender gap.  It is a joint Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) and International Energy Agency (IEA) initiative.

The UK Government is a signatory alongside a number of companies including two from our Energy Leaders’ Coalition – EDF and Ørsted. At our Annual Conference on 16thMay, Joanna Whittington, Director General for Energy and Security at BEIS, urged other companies to join. 

The Equal by 30 campaign asks companies and governments to endorse principles of equal pay, equal leadership and equal opportunities, and to take concrete action to close the gender gap in the clean energy sector.

It says “Empowering and increasing the representation of women in the energy sector is essential in the transformation to a clean energy economy.”

The Balance Means Business! Report highlights a series of success stories from around the world associated with increased gender balance in the energy sector. We are delighted that POWERful Women is featured as a UK case study through our work with BEIS, UK energy companies, and people throughout the sector aspiring for better balance.

You can read the full report here: ‪