Equal pay. Equal leadership. Equal opportunities. Equal by 30.
The global energy sector is one of the least diverse industries. While numbers vary across companies and positions, women are noticeably absent from technical roles and C-suites. In fact, on average women only represent one in every four workers.
“A successful energy future globally will depend on our ability to harness all available talent, and we recognize that governments and industry have an important role to play in getting there,” according to Jay Khosla, Assistant Deputy Minister, Energy Sector, Natural Resources Canada.
In 2017, the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) and Natural Resources Canada partnered to launch the global campaign, Equal by 30, challenging companies and governments to make gender equality front and centre in the energy sector. Recognizing the important role of diversity and inclusivity for a successful global energy future, Equal by 30 is working to close the gender gap.
“Finding the next technological breakthrough to fight climate change means all hands on deck,” says Khosla. “To truly embrace a greener future, we need more women in leadership roles bringing their ideas and solutions forward. Gender equality in the clean energy sector isn’t just the right thing to do — it’s the smart thing to do.”
Putting gender equality into action, Equal by 30 is advancing commitments to bridging the gender gap. Close to a dozen countries and close to one hundred organizations are expected by the end of 2019 to sign on to equality by 2030. Sharing experiences, reporting on progress and recognizing gender-focused work under CEM, such as the Clean Energy, Education and Empowerment (C3E) Initiative in augural award, the world is proving that #BalanceforBetter is possible.
This momentum has set the stage for CEM10 in Vancouver this May. There, Canada intends to shine a light on the companies and governments working to put gender equality at the heart of its clean energy plans.
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