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On Friday 24 February 2023, representatives of SKILLBILL and W4RES partners virtually discussed the possibility of joining forces to promote women’s participation in RES. One of the main objectives of the SKILLBILL project is to promote women’s participation in the STEM / RES sector through education. W4RES, on the other hand, aims to promote the use of renewable energy in the heating and cooling sector by harnessing the potential of women as agents of change.

One of the main reasons for the growing role of women in RES is the increasing awareness of the importance of diversityand inclusion in the workforce.

The two project teams, pursuing the same goal, have decided to create a synergy to achieve their common objective: strengthening the gender perspective in the energy sector. SKILLBILL and W4RES plan to explore the possibilities of mutual support in the following ways: Building on each other’s strengths and knowledge, sharing ideas, identifying common research topics, maintaining contact when needed, offering interesting / condensed content.

We look forward to our future collaboration with W4RES!

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) reports that women represent only 32% of the renewable energy workforce, but this is changing rapidly.

Would you like to know more about W4RES?

W4RES is an EU-funded project under the Horizon2020 Framework Programme that aims to promote the use of renewable energy for heating and cooling by harnessing the potential of women as agents of change. The project examines the framework conditions and regional characteristics of 8 different but representative markets in Europe in order to assess the preconditions and barriers for the use of renewable energies. Based on gender-disaggregated data from market actors and stakeholders, as well as successful cases of women leading RHC projects, the project develops flexible and cost-effective measures to support market uptake with high replication potential. The portfolio of measures includes a mix of business and technical support measures, capacity building and awareness campaigns. A gender-sensitive monitoring and evaluation framework will measure the performance and impact of the interventions and provide the knowledge needed to transform them from solutions suited to a range of local challenges into integrated solutions that can meet different policy and market needs across Europe. The project also promotes co-development, mutual learning and international cooperation to create frameworks conducive to the uptake of RHC at local, regional, national and EU levels. In parallel, W4RES empowers decision-makers to bring a gender perspective to their projects and strategies to improve uptake while raising awareness of the demand for RHC.

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