Munich energy conference to inspire, motivate women

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AMMAN — Women have an instrumental role in the evolution of the energy sector worldwide, although it is being downplayed, a German official said.
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Birgit Schwenk, director-general for Climate Action at Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, spoke Thursday, addressing a conference on ways to reinvigorate women’s role.

“The role of women who are driving the transformation in the energy sector at national and international level has long been downplayed,” she said.

“Since women make up half of the world’s population and half of all energy consumers, ignoring their needs, perspectives and knowledge is no longer an option,” Schwenk told the attendees.

The conference is held within the framework of The Smarter E, Europe’s largest platform for the energy sector.

“We cannot afford to neglect this enormous potential for the transformation of the global energy system,” she said. “Instead, it is necessary to remove barriers that are impeding women’s professional prospects, and to make their voices heard in the respective international forums.”

Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven, member of the Board of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), one of the two organizations hosting the conference, asserted that global energy transition ‘’needs greater involvement by women”.

“At GIZ, we are committed to achieving this,” she said. She explained that could be accomplished through bilateral energy partnerships, where women are supported for taking management positions in the renewable energy sector.

She said she hoped the conference will “inspire women, motivate them and help them network with each other, so that they can contribute their expertise to the energy sector and move the transformation forward.”

 Simone Peter, president of the German Renewable Energy Federation, said a transition in the energy sector needs to be accelerated around the world “due to the worsening climate crisis, as well as the cost and supply crisis of fossil fuels”.

 To that end, “the framework conditions for the energy transition must be combined with strategies for promoting gender diversity and equality”, she said, adding that this was the reason “we are very proud to be hosting the first-ever ‘Women Energize Women’ conference in 2022 in Munich”.

The conference concentrates on women from all over the world, with a particular focus on developing and emerging economies. Germany has concluded energy partnerships with Algeria, Jordan, Morocco, and Tunisia.

The energy partnership and dialogue with more than 20 countries is key to the federal government’s energy policy abroad. It constitutes a global, steadily growing and valuable network that connects Germany with countries striving to achieve a transformation of their energy systems.

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