Nordic Energy Equality Network (NEEN)
This project brings together people who are interested in improving gender balance and promoting diversity in energy-related matters in the Nordic and Baltic societies. There is a general perception that…
This project brings together people who are interested in improving gender balance and promoting diversity in energy-related matters in the Nordic and Baltic societies. There is a general perception that the Nordic countries have a high level of equality and gender balance in the energy sector, as in many other sectors – but statistics and experiences tell a different story. The aim of NEEN is to highlight these issues and develop tools for improving gender balance and diversity in the energy sector.
The initiative for a Nordic Energy Equality Network came in 2017, when Nordic Energy Research gathered 36 people to identify challenges and come up with solutions to accelerate change and reduce the gender gap in the energy sector and ensure that women’s knowledge and experience will be used efficiently in the future. The participants, coming from academia, energy industry and funding agencies, agreed to start a network for continuing this work.
Most recent seminar
Date and time: 25 September 12:00 – 26 September 13:00 2018
Venue: Klub, Linnésgade 25, 1361 Copenhagen
Nordic Energy Research, together with NordForsk and Nordic Innovation, aim to build a Nordic business network to aid the promotion of gender equality and diversity in energy related areas in the Nordic and Baltic countries. We wish to contribute to including gender and diversity perspectives on the solutions being developed to reach climate goals, and to develop tools to educate academia and industry on the benefits of diversity in the work place in all level.
We wish to bring together people who are interested in discussing measures to improve gender balance and promoting diversity in energy related matters in the Nordic and Baltic countries. It is our aspiration that this workshop will contribute to this work and to develop a network where people can exchange their knowledge and experiences on this theme.
Women in the energy race - Outcomes from 2017 seminar
In November 2017 Nordic Energy Research gathered 36 people, including high profile professionals in the Nordic energy sector, to identify challenges, present solutions to accelerate change and reduce the gender gap in the energy sector, and ensure an efficient use of women’s knowledge and experience in the future. Diversity and gender equality is not an HR issue, it’s a business issue and a performance issue. To only utilize 50 % of the available creative mindpower is a bad business decision for anyone who wants to stay ahead in the energy race.
As in many other sectors, the general impression is that there is a high level of equality and gender balance in the Nordic countries, but statistics and experiences tell a different story. This became, once again, evident at the seminar where the energy industry, funding authorities and academia from the Nordic countries, as well as from Latvia and Lithuania, gathered to discuss the issue.
“This seminar was a good start for the future action and cooperation in order to change the status quo,” said Pirjo Jantunen, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at Helen Ltd in Finland, and Chair of the Future Energy Leaders at the World Energy Council.
The participants were focused on driving change, and they made recommendations for improvement to all sectors represented at the seminar on how to increase the creative mindpower in the sector. The seminar also concluded in several sector specific recommendations (see below).
“The discussions were great. It is important to turn words into actions and we have identified a range of actions during this seminar by sharing experiences. At Landsnet we have for example identified the importance of making sure that through our stakeholder groups we are engaging both men and women equally. It seems obvious, but the future energy system has to be shaped by both genders in order to serve the society well. In order to succeed, the company also needs a gender balanced workforce, at all levels,” said Íris Baldursdóttir, EVP System Operations & ICT at Landsnet in Iceland.
Baldursdóttir is a board member of Women in Energy Iceland, with close to 300 members who want to actively influence the change that needs to take place. Together we have identified the need to strengthen women networks, highlight role models, attract more girls to energy related studies and give practical advice to energy companies.
See links to presentations from the seminar below, or in the “Downloads & Media” module.
Presentations from 2018 workshop - Copenhagen
Presentations from 2017 workshop - Stockholm