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C3Enet Online Community Launched at CEM4

C3Enet.org will connect women around the world who are working to advance clean energy

Monday, June 10, 2013

C3Enet Online Community Launched at CEM4

This new online community will connect women around the world who are working to advance clean energy. To request to join, visit C3Enet.org and fill out a short member profile.

Connecting women around the world who are working to advance clean energy is the purpose of the new online community forum, C3Enet.org. Launched by the Clean Energy Ministerial’s C3E women in clean energy initiative, C3Enet.org provides members with opportunities to build professional networks, participate in discussion forums, find and share opportunities, post opinion pieces, and join groups of other women who work in similar energy sectors or have common interests. 

C3Enet.org was officially launched at a special C3E event during the fourth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM4) in New Delhi, with the help of India’s Minister of Power Jyotiraditya Scindia. The debut was greeted with enthusiastic applause from the standing-room-only crowd, which included Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) government dignitaries and delegates as well as representatives from various Delhi-based organizations. The forum now has over 100 members and is expanding rapidly. To request to join, visit C3Enet.org and fill out a short member profile.
India’s Minister of Power, Jyotiraditya Scindia, addresses the gathering.

During the CEM4 C3E event, C3E also premiered a short video about C3E’s goals. The “Women: A Driving Force for Clean Energy” video includes interviews from some of the clean energy leaders that were honored as C3E Ambassadors and Award winners at the first U.S. C3E Symposium, held last year in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It is now available on the C3Enet homepage, the C3E area of the CEM website, and the CEM channel on YouTube. The Ambassadors, Awards, and Symposium are the three pillars of the U.S. C3E program, which is the United States’ national level commitment to the international C3E initiative within the Clean Energy Ministerial. C3Enet was launched by the U.S. Department of Energy to help grow the C3E community internationally.

The CEM4 C3E event also featured a panel discussion moderated by Leena Srivastava of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) of India. Panelists included Jean Chu, a PhD physicist and advisor emerita at Stanford University; Jyoti Arora, Director-General of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency in India; Frances Beinecke, President of the New York-based Natural Resources Defense Council and a U.S. C3E Ambassador; and Hafeez Rehman, TERI’s director of social transformation. 

L-R: Panelists Leena Srivastava, Hafeez Rehman, Jyoti Arora, Frances Beinecke, and Jean Chu.

Energy access was a key thread in the discussion. Panelists highlighted the need to bring women to energy as well as energy to women. The underrepresentation of women on corporate boards of energy companies was another major area of discussion, with a suggestion made to track progress on this issue.

The Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) initiative is a human capacity initiatives within the CEM, backed by nine partner governments. C3E’s mission is to advance women’s leadership in clean energy around the world. C3E supports the goals of each of the other CEM initiatives by building the talent pipeline for clean energy sectors, from smart grids and appliance efficiency to solar power and electric vehicles.