The transition to clean and secure energy and the fight against climate change are essential global goals. Bridging the gender gap and fully including women in the renewable energy sector is a crucial element in achieving these goals.
IRENA’s World Energy Transitions Outlook 2022 forecasts 139 million jobs in the energy sector worldwide by 2030. Of these, 38.2 million jobs will be in the renewable energy sector. This provides an opportunity to reskill and upskill a diverse workforce. Women’s participation can accelerate the energy transition and bring about positive change.
Despite its importance, the renewable energy sector struggles with significant gender gaps, with women making up only one-third of the global workforce. Unequal access to education, limited opportunities for technical skills and inequitable corporate policies contribute to this inequality. IRENA is committed to gender equality through groundbreaking reports and promoting an inclusive workplace.
A stronger presence of women in the workforce contributes to a more inclusive sustainable development. Preferring the best female talent, regardless of race or colour, is critical to increasing women’s engagement in the renewable energy sector. Additionally, advancing women in the renewable energy sector is crucial for a sustainable future.
Together we can drive the energy transition and create lasting positive impacts on our planet.