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UK Launches POWERful Women Initiative with C3E Support

Effort Will Promote Female Leadership in the UK Energy Sector

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

UK Launches POWERful Women Initiative with C3E Support

Female professionals working in the energy sector will get a boost through a new initiative launched in the United Kingdom. POWERful Women – a new, professional initiative to showcase female leadership potential in the UK energy sector.

Female professionals working in the energy sector will get a boost through a new initiative launched in the United Kingdom. POWERful Women – a new, professional initiative to showcase female leadership potential in the UK energy sector — has a clear and ambitious goal: to see women occupy 30% of energy company board positions and 40% of energy company middle management by the year 2030.

The initiative was launched by Baroness Verma, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change, and Laura Sandys, Member of Parliament for South Thanet. The launch of POWERful Women was supported by the Clean Energy Ministerial’s Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) initiative, whose participating governments have a shared commitment to advancing women’s participation in the energy field in their home countries. C3E welcomes the launch as a part of its focus on expanding the national efforts of its participating governments. The UK is one of C3E’s founding members. 

The UK energy sector is tackling a wide range of important challenges, from keeping the lights on to reducing energy waste and building a more sustainable, low-carbon future. And while industry competitiveness relies on a diverse pool of talent capable of bringing fresh perspectives, recent research published by law firm Eversheds shows that on average, only 12.5% of directors on energy company boards are female. POWERful Women believes that a much stronger female presence is needed at the top. 

“We need to transform the way we generate and use energy, but we also need to transform the disparity of representation of women in the industry, particularly at senior and mid-management levels,” said Baroness Verma. 

“By engaging with companies, drawing on expert guidance, and encouraging fundamental change in business models, this organisation really is creating a new generation of ‘powerful’ women,” said Sandys. 

The initiative brings together industry, academia, and political representatives that span exploration, energy generation and supply, energy efficiency, technology, government, and consumer issues. It will support and encourage energy companies to appoint more women to senior roles as part of building stronger businesses. This includes matching industry leaders with professional women to help overcome challenges and build opportunities for greater female leadership. 

For more information, visit the POWERful Women website.