RenewableUK, one of the UK’s most prominent clean energy trade bodies, is today launching a new drive to encourage more women to join the country’s growing wind energy industry.
Launched ahead of tomorrow’s International Women’s Day, the new initiative – dubbed ‘Women into Wind’ – will see the trade body provide tailored job opportunities and career advice to women considering joining the industry. The group said it would also take steps to ensure women feature more prominently across its website.
The UK is already home to a host of female clean energy leaders, according to a new rankings published separately today by market intelligence service A Word About Wind.
The Women’s Power List 2017 ranks the most powerful women in the global wind energy sector. Executives from the UK and the Republic of Ireland dominate the list with more than 30 entries, including Juliet Davenport, founder of green energy firm Good Energy, Jenny Blackford, director of financial services at Siemens, and Lindsey McQuade, director of policy and innovation at Scottish Power Renewables.
But despite the success of many women in the industry, Emma Pinchbeck, executive director at RenewableUK, said more needs to be done to help women rise to the top of the renewables sector.
“The UK is one of the leading performers in the rankings,” she said in a statement. “It’s an encouraging sign that our sector is becoming more inclusive, but the number of women in senior management roles still needs to increase. We should ensure that women across the country see wind energy as an open and attractive industry to work in. This means promoting renewable skills and opportunities to a new generation of women entering the workforce”.
Alongside its outreach efforts RenewableUK said it has overhauled its Faces of Wind website to feature more women in wind-related careers, including female engineers, mariners, and CEOs.
A 2016 report from the International Renewable Energy Agency suggests women hold 35 per cent of clean energy jobs, compared to 20 per cent to 25 per cent in the wider energy sector.
However, women’s involvement in the clean energy industry is still below the overall employment share for women in most OECD countries, which stands at around 40-50 per cent.