The CEM's Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) initiative was launched at the first CEM in 2010 to enable greater gender diversity in clean energy professions, recognizing that the transition to a clean energy future will only success if we harness all possible talent.
The energy industry remains one of the most gender imbalanced sectors, with women making up just 20% of the workforce. Women’s representation internationally in clean energy is only slightly higher at 35%. International research also consistently shows that a diverse workforce and gender-balanced boardrooms result in greater organisational performance and stronger bottom lines, both in private and public sectors
A key success factor in the transition to a low carbon economy will be the ability to attract and retain a diverse pool of talent capable of bringing fresh perspectives. The C3E initiative aims to advance women’s participation in clean energy by creating opportunities and closing the gender gap across four focus areas: