IRENA Report on Renewable Energy: A Gender Perspective

Renewable energy employs about 32% of women, compared to 22% in the energy sector overall. Still, within renewables, women’s participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) jobs is far lower than in administrative jobs.

This report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) examines the question of gender equity throughout the sector. Building on a ground-breaking survey of employees, companies, and institutions, it finds that much remains to be done to boost women’s participation and allow their talents to be fully utilised.

IRENA estimates that the number of jobs in renewables could increase from 10.3 million in 2017 to nearly 29 million in 2050. The ongoing global energy transition offers the chance to create new jobs and reshape all aspects of how energy is produced and distributed.