by Laura Edgar
First Published 8 March, 2018
On International Women’s Day (8 March), the trade body for wind, wave and tidal energy industries RenewableUK pledged to ensure that at least 30 per cent of the speakers, panellists and chairs at its events are women.
Further to this, RenewableUK has also announced that it will be launching a crown-sourced database of women working in the energy sector – the Switch List – which aims to make it easier for those organising industry events to identify expert women thought leaders.
The tool is also intended to complement work already under way in the sector on gender issues.
Research by the energy campaign group POWERful Women suggests that 46 per cent of the top 80 companies across the entire energy sector have all-male boards while women occupy only 7 per cent of executive board seats.
Emma Pinchbeck, executive director at RenewableUK, said: “We’re very proud to support the thousands of talented women working in the renewable energy industry and we believe they should have a platform at events. This is not just because there are brilliant women leaders in the energy sector today, but also because we want talented young people to be able to imagine themselves as leaders, on stages and in the boardrooms of our exciting industries tomorrow.
“All-male panels neither represent the sector as it wants to be today, nor as it will be tomorrow. There is so much more to be done – but this is a start.
“Our new database, the Switch List, will highlight the vast pool of female talent which is driving change in renewable energy. We’re strongly encouraging women in energy and rel