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Wind industry commits to greater gender diversity at industry events

On the occasion of COP25’s Gender Day, 14 wind energy associations representing the industry across the world have committed to uphold best practices for gender diversity at their future industry events. Led by the Women in Wind Global Leadership Program, a joint initiative between the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET), a guide for ‘Best Practices for Gender Diversity at Industry Events’ was published today to support member associations in mainstreaming gender diversity across their events.

The ‘Best Practices for Gender Diversity at Industry Events’ guide provides insights on what meaningful inclusivity can look like at events, going beyond quotas to mainstream diversity in key aspects of events. By implementing these best practices, events can address unconscious bias and unequal representation, positively impact corporate culture and encourage greater gender diversity in the wind energy sector.

This alignment of best practices in the wind energy industry is part of a global effort to empower female leadership and increase diversity in the wind energy sector. In 2020, this effort will continue with a scaling-up of mentorship and career development activities under the Women in Wind Global Leadership Program, and the nomination of Ambassadors for Women in Wind in countries around the world.

 “The wind industry can be a leader in promoting the role of women as agents of change, collaborators and innovators in the global energy transition. As an industry built around sustainability, our events should reflect the workforce of the future. GWEC organizes events for the wind industry worldwide, and we recognize that diversity challenges differ in each country. That’s why these best practices are designed to be adapted to different local contexts. Globally, from Brazil to Japan, we hope this guide will empower and showcase female leadership in wind energy and help to inspire the next generation of women in wind,” said Joyce Lee, Policy and Operations Director at GWEC.

“Events are important fora to highlight the values and trends in an industry, and gender diversity should be a priority for industries leading the energy transition. At COP25 there is an urgency to dramatically increase the deployment of clean energy solutions in order stay on-track for the Paris targets. To do this, we need a larger talent pool in the renewables workforce, which requires more female role models and positive gender norms in clean energy. GWNET is thrilled to see so many wind associations around the world committing to increasing inclusivity at their events, and we hope to see other key energy transition technologies join the wind sector in this important initiative”, added Christine Lins, Executive Director at GWNET.

Download the guide here.

Endorsing associations include: ABEEólica, Associación Uruguaya de Energías Renovables (AUDER), Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), Global Wind Organisation (GWO), Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET), Japan Wind Energy Association (JWEA), Japan Wind Power Association (JWPA), Mongolian Wind Energy Association (MonWEA), Norwegian Energy Partners (NORWEP), Turkish Wind Energy Association (TWEA/TUREB), RenewableUK the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), Wind Denmark and WindEurope.

Clarion Energy events, including DISTRIBUTECH International, HYDROVISION International, and POWERGEN International, each hold networking lunches designed to encourage greater diversity in the energy industry.

View the video below for more information about the most recent event, POWERGEN International’s Lunch for Better Balance where the Excellence in Character Awards were given to notable women in the power industry.