The Clean Energy Council has established a Women in Renewables initiative that aims to achieve a better gender balance at all levels of the renewable energy industry. We will update this page with future Women in Renewable events.

Speaker support: the Panel Pledge

Congratulations to those who have made the commitment to gender diversity and actively encouraging women’s voices in the clean energy industry by signing the Leaders’ Pledge.

As a part of the Pledge you have committed to the Panel Pledge and will not participate in forums or panels that do not embrace gender diversity. To aid you in this goal, we have developed a suggested response to single gender panel invitations specifically tailored for different situations.

You can find the copy below or view it as a PDF here

Men asked to speak on an all-male panel

Thank you for the invitation to speak at your event. I have taken the Women in Renewables Leaders’ Pledge. This means that I have agreed to step up as an inclusive leader and actively promote the achievements of women working in the clean energy industry. It also means I am no longer participating in events or panels that do not embrace gender diversity.  I am very keen to speak at your event, but gender diversity is far too important to compromise. Events like yours offer a chance for people to hear (and learn from) a wide range of experiences and points of view, and I think we both agree that the more diversity there is, the better. I thank you in advance for your understanding and support in ensuring panels and events are gender diverse both now and in the future.

If the organiser has sought and failed to achieve gender diversity and the event is core to your role: Thank you for your efforts to secure gender diversity. 

I note that this wasn’t possible on this occasion, which shows that as an industry we all need to invest in ensuring we demonstrate we have the culture, structures and interest in attracting participants from the whole talent pool.  I will participate in your event providing that I can use this platform to call out the importance of gender diversity to me and our industry as a whole

Women asked to speak on an all-female panel

Thank you for the invitation to speak at your event. I have taken the Women in Renewables Leaders’ Pledge. This means that I have agreed to step up as an inclusive leader and actively promote the achievements of women working in the clean energy industry. It also means that I am no longer participating in events or panels that do not embrace gender diversity.  While the Leaders’ Pledge was set up to provide a greater platform for women’s voices, its ultimate aim is for everyone’s voices to be heard equally.  That’s why I need to make a small request before participating in your event: I would like to be introduced by a man who will also briefly explain the Women in Renewables Leaders’ Pledge and why gender diversity is so important for women, men and the continued success of our industry.  I know that we share a similar set of values and objectives, particularly around gender diversity, so I hope you will be able to accommodate this request. 

Leaders' Pledge

Our goal is to take Women in Renewables to the next level of action as we work together to make the renewables industry a leader in gender diversity in the work place.

To do this we have developed a Leaders’ Pledge through which members of the clean energy industry have the opportunity to support and actively demonstrate their commitment and belief in the proven value and importance of achieving gender diversity.

To learn more watch the video below or follow the link here to sign up.

Developing Women Directors - scholarship

Congratulations to Nicola Wilkins from Downer, the recipient of the latest scholarship, announced at the CEC Annual General Meeting on 18 November 2016. Nicola has spent the past 15 years building a renewable energy career that has spanned consulting, international development, an MBA in renewable energy, PV system design, and start-up experience. You can read more in our media release.

For more information on the scholarship please visit the scholarship page.

If you would like to be notified of future scholarship rounds, please subscribe to the Women in Renewables mailing list.

Women in Renewables profiles

The Clean Energy Council is running a series of profiles on our website to highlight the fantastic work being done by women in different parts of the renewable energy sector. The first of these can be accessed below.

Ideas from past events

The Clean Energy Council held two lunch events in 2015 where attendees networked and came up with ways for women to build their profiles in the industry. The key ideas that have come out of the events are:

  • A mentoring program for women in renewables
  • Support more diversity in conference speakers, and if necessary train potential women speakers
  • Ensure good workplace policies that support flexible working hours and options for parents as well as equality in policy language
  • Reach out to students to help them get started in our industry
  • Start undertaking baseline measurements of women’s participation in the sector at all levels
  • Link our group to other relevant women’s groups

If you have other ideas to add, feel free to discuss them at a future event or get in touch with Rebecca Varcoe.

Conference representation

The Clean Energy Council is committed to a policy of no all-male panels at our key conference events in 2016. We’ll also be creating representation targets that are ambitious but achievable.

We will be calling for speakers in the coming months for the Wind Industry Forum which will be held in Melbourne in early 2017. If you or someone you know has an interesting topic or project to speak about at the event we encourage you to apply. Watch this space for the opening of applications.

Join our women in renewables mailing list

To make sure you receive the latest updates on what the group is doing and invites to our Women in Renewables events please sign up to our dedicated mailing list.

Media Partner

We're please to have EcoGeneration as a media partner for the Women in Renewables initiative