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Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E TCP)


Advancing women's leadership in the clean energy field

The primary objectives of this initiative are to recognise and build a community of women leaders in the field of clean energy across diverse sectors; create a framework for co-operation and information sharing among participating countries; and share best practices for effective strategies to advance women in the clean energy field. The objectives will be pursued by collecting, integrating, synthesising and distributing information on promising practices and policies to engage women in clean energy careers and leadership positions.

Women make up 52% of the world population, but only 30% of science researchers globally.*

Women make up substantially less than half of the workforce in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields and across the clean energy sector. Closing the gender gap and increasing women's participation and leadership in these fields are the goals of the C3E TCP.

The C3E TCP seeks to both inspire more women to enter into clean energy careers and retain the current female clean energy workforce. Without engaging women, countries are leaving half of the potential energy workforce out of the talent pool, hampering the current and future STEM-driven economy. As we continue to advance international action on climate change, clean energy technologies, which are driven by a clean energy workforce, will play a critical role in providing opportunities to reach global climate and other environmental goals and drive economic growth world-wide. 

By sharing lessons learned across participating countries and organisations, and highlighting successful strategies, the initiative will help countries better understand the impact of diversity inclusion and identify effective ways to improve retention among women in the clean energy sector. Additionally, the C3E TCP will cohesively engage existing domestic initiatives in participating governments regarding women in clean energy, providing an umbrella platform for sharing best practices and communicating information about these crucial endeavours. 

The initial task areas will focus on fundamental, cross-cutting issues that will provide a better understanding of clean energy workforce ecosystems among participants. This includes but is not limited to data gathering and analysis; building workforce skills and knowledge; creating leadership bridges and opportunities; increasing recognition and celebration of women in clean energy; and establishing robust networks. The task areas will seek to establish interfaces with existing initiatives and synergies, as well as avoid duplication of ongoing activities. 

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  • Women in Clean Energy Resources and Needs Inventory
  • Women in Clean Energy Career Development Network
  • Annual C3E Recognition and Awards Programme
  • Global Women in Clean Energy Communications Hub


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