Thirty distinguished women (and men), three energy ministers, and eight governments launched the Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) women’s initiative at the first Clean Energy Ministerial in 2010 to advance women’s participation in the clean energy revolution.
Their motivation was a shared sense that, in order to progress further and faster toward a cleaner energy future, societies must harness the talents of all of their members toward the technology challenges that the other Clean Energy Ministerial initiatives address.
There is a well-documented gender gap in the clean energy professions, as well as in the broader science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or "STEM"-related fields. In the United States, for instance, according to the National Science Foundation, women hold only 27% of science and engineering jobs, and that number falls to 21% when limited to business and industry. GMI ratings, a research firm, recently found that within the United States’ energy sector, 61% percent of corporate boards have no female representation. The numbers vary among countries and within sectors of clean energy (e.g., technology, policy, and investment, because clean energy is inherently cross-disciplinary), but it is broadly the case that more could be done to take advantage of women’s potential contributions toward the clean energy questions of the future.
There is also a business case for gender diversity; studies show that organizations’ outcomes qualitatively improve when the leadership is composed of at least 30% of each gender.
C3E participating governments have a shared commitment to advancing women in the energy field in their home-country contexts. C3E is a network of those national-level actions.
For more information, view the C3E activities page or fact sheet.
- Inspire women around clean energy issues in order to attract more young women to these important careers and support their advancement into leadership positions. Each participating government will develop a nationally appropriate program of action and build on existing programs to sustain its commitment within C3E.
- Create an international C3E Ambassador Corps, made up of senior executives, academics and thought leaders nominated by CEM partner governments to act as role models and advocates for women in clean energy, as well as to support national C3E efforts.
- Connect women in clean energy from around the globe using social media. C3Enet.org provides a community without national boundaries, where women can share ideas and events and exchange views about clean energy issues.