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RenewableUK launches Switch List to promote diversity in energy sector

20 June 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rob Norris
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RenewableUK is launching a new database of women working in the energy sector, the Switch List, at our Global Offshore Wind 2018 event in Manchester today.

 

The aim of the crowd-sourced database is to make it easier for those organising industry events to identify female experts, and invite them as speakers. In March, RenewableUK marked International Women’s Day by pledging to ensure that at least 30% of the speakers, panellists and chairs at our events are women.

 

The Switch initiative compliments other work underway in the sector on gender issues. Research by the campaign group POWERful Women shows that 50% of the top 80 companies across the energy sector have all-male boards, and just 6% of Executive Board members are female.  

 

RenewableUK’s Switch Project Coordinator Alicia Green, who will be speaking at today’s event in Manchester about the initiative, said: “The Switch List is an innovative tool which has the potential to break the mould at industry events. Providing a platform for women to be visible at all stages of their careers is a key step in promoting diversity.  Our sector should reflect the new ideas and new people working to power the future; women are stepping up to the podium confidently but there’s still a disparity when it comes to gender balance at industry events.

 

“Our new database, the Switch List, will showcase the female gamechangers working in the renewable energy sector. Signing up to the free list will not only raise their profile – it will also inspire and encourage the next generation to emulate their success”. 

 

Signing up is easy – just fill in this form on RenewableUK’s website. More than 150 women have already done so.

 

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  1. More on the Switch campaign can be found here  #TimeToSwitch

  2. More on the POWERful Women campaign group can be found here

  3. More details on RenewableUK’s Global Offshore Wind 2018 conference and exhibition can be found here . 33% of speakers at this event are women

  4. RenewableUK is the trade and professional body for the wind, wave and tidal energy industries. Formed in 1978, and with more than 400 corporate members, RenewableUK is the country’s leading renewable energy trade association. We are celebrating our 40th anniversary this year.

     


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