The power of feminine renewable energy

 

The growth of renewable energy is providing us with a unique opportunity to pull down the long-established gender division within the energy sector. During my last visit in United States I talked with women advocating for increased female representation in energy sector. Starting from girls at elementary school. The green game will be fair, clean and feminine.

There is a powerful relationship between women and clean energy at several different levels. Early this year, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) published a report summarising employment in the energy sector. IRENA calculated that while 22% of all employees in the fossil fuel sector are women, this increases to 32% in renewable energy sources.

One reason for this may be the fact that the renewable energy sector is relatively new and has no tradition of male dominance inherited from coal and mining cultures. Renewable energy is a young and rapidly developing sector, so it provides women with multidisciplinary work, which the fossil fuel market did not previously offer. Total employment in renewable energy is constantly growing. While the number of jobs in the sector was 7.1 million globally in 2012, in 2017 the number exceeded ten million. Of those, over three million were women.

It is not only women who need RES for their professional development. It turns out that green technologies also need women in leadership positions. Researchers at the University of Berkeley have noted a positive correlation between gender-diverse management and a company’s ability to invest in environmentally-friendly projects. Businesses managed or co-managed by women are more likely to invest in renewable energy and take environmental risks into account in their operations…


Read more: the original article was published here at Heinrich Böll Foundation in English on 20th of January 2020 and here at Krytyka Polityczna in Polish.