Lesser number of women in the energy sector might be slowing down efforts to tackle climate change | GBRI

Catherine Mitchell, a professor of energy policy at the University of Exeter, says that fewer number of women holding key positions in energy companies is slowing down the sector’s transition to a lower-carbon energy system. According to her, gender imbalance in the industry means reluctance to accept new ideas, particularly ones related to switching to renewables.

“I absolutely do think that the fact that the industry is so dominated by men and particularly older white men it is slowing down the energy transition,” said Mitchell, who has worked on energy issues for more than 30 years and advises the government, regulators and businesses.

She admitted it was not a given that women are more progressive on energy issues than men, but noted that the “conventional” parts of the sector – fossil fuel power generation and energy networks – are more male-dominated than greener, innovative companies.

Read full news here: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/feb/11/the-energy-industrys-power-problem-too-few-women

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