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Sweden shows leadership for greater gender equality in the energy sector


On 7 November, Sweden and the International Energy Agency (IEA) hosted the Women in Clean Energy side event in Paris to attract attention and generate engagement in the importance of promoting women’s participation and leadership in energy transition. Representatives of governments, international organisations and the business world took part.

  • Ms Viklund at the podium at the event

    Annika Viklund, CEO of Vattenfall Distribution, was one of the key note speakers at the event.

    Photo: Nicole Dreher/Government Offices of Sweden

  • Anita T. Perry is speaking from a podium at the event.

    Anita T. Perry as one of the key note speakers at the event.

    Photo: Nicole Dreher/Government Offices of Sweden

  • People mingeling before the event

    From the left: Anna Törner, Ministry of the Environtment and Energy; Elin Löfblad, OX2 and C3E ambassador; Magnus Hall, President and CEO of Vattenfall AB.

    Photo: Nicole Dreher/Government Offices of Sweden

  • The three ministers are mingeling.

    From the left: Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, Minister for Energy of Mexico; Jim Carr, Minister for Natural Resources of Canada; Ibrahim Baylan, Minister for Policy Coordination and Energy of Sweden.

    Phot: Nicole Dreher/Government Offices of Sweden

Promoting women's participation and leadership in the development of the energy sector has been a priority for the Government and Minister for Policy Coordination and Energy Ibrahim Baylan during this electoral period. To demonstrate international leadership, the Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) initiative was therefore launched by Sweden, Canada and Italy at the Clean Energy Ministerial 8 in China in June 2017.

"Women's participation and leadership is not just a question of fairness, it is a crucial strategic issue if we are to succeed with the energy transition," says Mr Baylan.

The event in Paris was a follow-up of the launch in China and presented an opportunity to bring together actors from countries, the business world and international organisations to generate further attention and interest in the importance of promoting women's participation and leadership in the energy sector.

The meeting opened with a presentation by Annika Viklund of Vattenfall and Anita T. Perry from the United States. A number of sessions were also held during the morning in which participants could exchange thoughts and ideas on how actors can improve their cooperation and collaboration in the areas of data collection, analysis, career development and awards.

The interest in participating in C3E among other countries and organisations is growing. A number of countries have shown an interest in joining the initiative and will join soon, including Australia, Austria, Chile, Finland and the United States.

Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E)

C3E is one of the first international energy initiatives to focus on skills supply and strengthening women’s leadership and participation in the clean energy revolution.

The priority cooperation areas in the initiative are data collection, analysis and exchange of experience of initiatives to promote women’s leadership in the energy area through for example experiences of awards and mentoring schemes.

Sweden, Canada and Italy initiated C3E and the cooperation is linked to the IEA, where C3E will be included in a network of 6 000 experts from the entire world. Sweden is one of the countries supporting the initiative financially.

About the International Energy Agency (IEA)

The International Energy Agency (IEA) was founded in 1974 and is an independent body within the OECD. Today, the organisation has four focus areas: energy security, economic development, environmental awareness and engagement worldwide. The IEA’s core competencies are considered to be data collection and statistics, market and policy analysis, energy preparedness, research and technological cooperation, and support to the transition of energy systems.