Gender equality in the Nordic energy sector lags behind
The report Gender equality in the Nordic energy sector from Nordic Energy Equality Network (NEEN) has mapped the female representation in the Nordic energy sector. The overall conclusion is that…
The report Gender equality in the Nordic energy sector from Nordic Energy Equality Network (NEEN) has mapped the female representation in the Nordic energy sector. The overall conclusion is that women are underrepresented in the energy sector.
The report emphasizes that gender equality is an important element in achieving a socially sustainable transition to a green energy system. The purpose of the report is to highlight gender equality and motivate further discussions on the positive impact of gender equality and social inclusion in the energy sector, by addressing the need to bring together all potential talents in the green transition of the Nordic energy sector.
Much remains to be done
The energy sector is regarded as one of the least gender-equal sectors, also in the Nordic countries – much remains to be done to ensure a socially inclusive, equal and sustainable energy transition. For example, only five out of the 94 participating companies in the sample have a women’s leadership score of 50% or higher, and when women do have a leadership position, their average decision-making power is 24% on average. Within universities and other higher education institutions, only 12% of managers/leaders are women.
At this year’s Arendal Week, the results of the report were discussed by a panel focusing on future actions and measures that can help ensure a more equal and diverse energy future.
As Nordic Energy Equality Network (NEEN), the report is funded by Nordic Energy Research.