RenewableUK pledges 30% women speakers at industry events
08 March 2018
Posted by: Rob Norris
RenewableUK is marking International Women’s Day by pledging to ensure that at least 30% of the speakers, panellists and chairs at its events are women.
The trade association has also announced that it will be launching a crowd-sourced database of women working in the energy sector, the Switch List, to make it easier for those organising industry events to identify expert women thought leaders.
The Switch initiative is a tool which aims to compliment work already underway in the sector on gender issues. Research by the campaign group POWERful Women, for example, has highlighted the fact that 46% of the top 80 companies across the entire energy sector have all-male boards, and only 7% of Executive Board seats are occupied by women.
RenewableUK’s Executive Director Emma Pinchbeck said: “We’re very proud to support the thousands of talented women working in the renewable energy industry and we believe they should have a platform at events. This is not just because there are brilliant women leaders in the energy sector today, but also because we want talented young people to be able to imagine themselves as leaders, on stages, and in the boardrooms of our exciting industries tomorrow. All-male panels neither represent the sector as it wants to be today, nor as it will be tomorrow. There is so much more to be done – but this is a start"
“Our new database, the Switch List, will highlight the vast pool of female talent which is driving change in renewable energy. We’re strongly encouraging women in energy and related industries to join the list, to raise their profile and inspire the next generation of energy professionals”.
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More on the Switch campaign can be found here with case studies here
More on the POWERful Women campaign group can be found here
More on International Women’s Day can be found here. Information on this year’s theme #PressforProgress can be found here
RenewableUK is the trade and professional body for the wind, wave and tidal energy industries. Formed in 1978, and with more than 400 corporate members, RenewableUK is the country’s leading renewable energy trade association. We are celebrating our 40th anniversary this year.