Clean Energy Education And Empowerment Initiative (C3E)

Clean Energy Education


To advance gender diversity in clean energy professions, recognizing that the transition to a clean energy future will only succeed if we harness all talent.


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The Clean Energy Education and Empowerment International Initiative (C3E International) aims to advance the transition to a low carbon economy through advancing women’s participation in clean energy and closing the gender gap in the energy sector. The C3E International Initiative is a Technology Collaboration Programme (TCP), jointly under the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM).




The first important step to change is having a solid understanding of the current landscape. At present, there is limited gender-disaggregated data regarding the energy sector and inadequate knowledge about how to make the sector more gender diverse. It is critical for countries and organizations to join efforts to improve systematic data collection in order to understand trends and identify actions aimed at increasing women’s presence and participation in the energy sector.
The purpose of this Work Stream area is to collect existing data and improve knowledge on gender equality in the energy sector. The objectives of this workstream are to support the development of policies and actions that may accelerate gender equality and improve equal opportunities for men and women in the future. Particular attention is paid to sharing expertise and good practice policies at international and national levels.
All participants contribute to the Data & Benchmarking workstream, with Italy serving as the lead country and IEA as coordinator.



International C3E Ambassadors are given opportunities to attract, retain, and inspire the next generation of female leaders in the clean energy sector through public speaking engagements, serving as a role model, and championing careers of up-and-coming professionals in the field.


Ambassadors serve as a volunteer for a two-year term, renewable once. Up to five ambassadors can be selected from each C3E International member country and come from multi-disciplinary clean energy fields, including industry, government, and universities. The ambassadors cohort is made up of proactive and highly qualified women and men who are leaders in the clean energy field and champions of gender equality.

The United States is leading the Ambassadors Program.

See current ambassadors

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A clean energy future will only succeed if we harness all possible talent and help to close the gender gap. This is why C3E International has established an international C3E Awards Program. The C3E Awards Program recognizes and celebrates outstanding individuals or organizations who have helped to advance the role of women in the clean energy field. The program contributes to C3E’s goals to inspire women around clean energy issues in order to attract more young women to these important careers, support their advancement into leadership positions, and connect women in clean energy around the globe.

The C3E International Award currently has two categories:

The C3E International WOMAN OF DISTINCTION award celebrates professional women working in the clean energy sector who goes beyond ‘business-as-usual’.

The C3E International ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP award recognizes public, private, or non-profit organizations that have taken actions to recruit, develop, and retain women within the clean energy sector.

Canada designed and delivered the International C3E Awards program with support from other C3E International members and Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE), a non-profit organization working to advance women in the energy sector with expertise in delivering women of distinction awards.

The C3E International Award ceremony takes place at the annual Clean Energy Ministerial.


Winner of C3E International Woman of Distinction Award 2020
2020: Dr. Ibilola Amao
2019: Dr. Elbia Gannoum,

Winner of C3E International Organizational Leadership Award 2020
2020: Cerro Dominador
2019: PEG Africa

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