Women in the energy transition

EUSEW2020 | Day 3 | Women in the energy transition

The aim of this session is to discuss how EU economic recovery efforts, the Green Deal and energy policy can empower women and support gender equality.

The European Commission presented in March 2020 a Gender Equality Strategy that sets out the policy objectives and key actions for the 2020-2025 period. The implementation of this strategy will be based on targeted measures to achieve gender equality, including in the energy sector, combined with strengthened gender mainstreaming.

This will be a particular challenge in the energy sector, one of the most gender imbalanced sectors in the economy, both globally and in the EU. Women represent 22% of the worldwide oil and gas workforce and 32% in the renewable energy sector and continue to face structural barriers to actively participating in the clean energy transition

The energy sector should actively promote opportunities for women and gender equality at all levels, from energy professionals and decision-makers to consumers. In business, politics and society as a whole, we can only reach our full potential if we use all of our talent and diversity. Gender equality brings more jobs and higher productivity – a potential that needs to be realised as we embrace the green energy transition and the economic recovery following the covid-19 crisis.

Moderator: Ditte Juul Jørgensen, Director-General,Directorate-General for Energy, European Commission

Key Note Speech: Kadri Simson, EU Commissioner for Energy


  • Alice Bah Kuhnke, Member of the European Parliament, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance (tbc)
  • Gokce Mete, Head of Research and Academic Engagement of the Women in Energy Foundation (tbc)
  • Christine Lins, Executive Director, Global Women's Network for the Energy Transition (tbc)
  • Pentti Puhakka, Member of the Nordic Cooperation(tbc)
  • Eva Gerhards, Deputy Head of Cabinet, EU Commissioner for equality (tbc)