Australia to close the clean energy gender gap



Australia has signed an international pledge for equal pay, leadership and opportunity for women in the clean energy industry.

The Equal By 30 campaign has 180 signatories worldwide, including organizations, businesses and governments committed to gender equality across the industry by 2030.

“There is an urgent need for gender-sensitive policies in Australia and around the world to support women in roles in the clean energy sector,” said Energy Secretary Chris Bowen on Tuesday.

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Assistant Climate Change Minister Jenny McAllister said the campaign would help address women’s low participation rate and help them actively lead Australia’s energy transformation.

“Women make up less than 39 percent of the clean energy workforce, with an even lower number in leadership positions,” she said.

The federal government will set up an Australian Women in Energy Roundtable for industry to promote and share work on equality.

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A new government hub will provide businesses with advice and guidance so they can use all available talent to develop a low-carbon economy.

Signatories to the Canadian-led initiative include the United States, the United Kingdom, Chile, the European Commission, Austria, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Italy and Sweden.