We support the collection of sex disaggregated data for the analysis of links between gender, sustainable energy and climate change.
Studies have shown that women support sustainable energy comparatively more than men. They also have a greater willingness to reduce their own energy consumption. Women’s empowerment and leadership in energy policy making can thus accelerate political sustainable energy uptake, while ensuring greater gender responsiveness and social justice in sustainable energy. As sustainable energy entrepreneurs, women also have the ability to provide innovative, market-oriented solutions and improve their own and others livelihoods. Sustainable energy will drive women’s empowerment by providing women new economic and political opportunities, which can change their role and place within communities. This leads to higher education levels, skills and income, and also benefits other household members, especially children. However, due to gender-specific barriers in access to finance, employment, information and skills, as well as harmful social norms and missing leadership opportunities, women’s potential as change makers remains under-utilized. Such barriers hinder the potential of women as agents of change and leaders in sustainable energy and slow down decarbonisation and sustainable energy uptake.
UN Environment and gender
UN Environment mainstream gender into all its energy and climate programmes and projects in close cooperation with a broad network of stakeholders. We support the collection of sex disaggregated data for the analysis of links between gender, sustainable energy and climate change. Furthermore, we aim to ensure gender-equitable access to sustainable energy technologies (e.g. in transport, and regarding decentralized sustainable energy options); to empower female leaders in energy decision-making; to support capacity building regarding sustainable energy technology use and maintenance; and to create green jobs for both women and men.
In the off-grid context, UN Environment and UN Women have joined forces to implement a Global Programme Women’s Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Energy (WESE). This programme aims to enable women to play a leadership role in promoting and benefiting from sustainable energy for economic empowerment and climate mitigation in energy access settings