Gender Diversity in the renewables sector still needs to work

South Africa’s renewable energy sector has a decade’s existence, and it is evident that it still lacks sufficient gender diversity. With these facts, the industry is working on adjusting and improving gender levels representation. How will the sector achieve that? It will launch the Gender Diversity Working Group.

In an interview with Ntombifuthi Ntuli, who serves as the Chief Executive Officer of South African Wind Energy Association, we learn that gender diversity represents a fair gender representation in all the country’s industries. In recent years, the Women in Wind Global Leadership Program and IRENA report indicate that only 21% of the industry people are women. Besides, only 8% of the women are in the senior management sector.

Ntuli highlighted that discovering there is a challenge in the underrepresentation of women in wind energy is essential. And the energy association launched a 2018 commitment statement urging the members to address issues including gender equality. The sector will mainstream gender concerns within renewables by creating a platform to address these matters actively.

The renewable energy industry working sector on gender concerns is a cooperation between SAPVIA and SAWEA as both units address the gender diversity issues. Additionally, the WE Connect is also part of the partnership and is popularly known as a women empowerment body.

Including females in business decision-making makes commercial sense. SAPVIA COO Niveshen Govender explained that having gender diversity in workplaces is crucial for the organization’s success. Many studies have pointed out the benefits of gender diversity in every industry. All the people must collaborate together to ensure that the country’s renewable energy target is genuinely reflective.

Niveshen explained that the SAPVIA sector aims for a successful transition that must include all the genders not just because it is correct but also for commercial purposes. Hence, the industry can widen the talent pool to enhance partnership and fair recruitment and reputation. In partnership with WE Connect, the sector can work on balancing the staff in the renewable energy sector.

The Wind sector is under the governing of female leadership, and the industry has been doing well. This team is a demonstration of how women deliver innovative thinking and emotional intelligence. A Gender Diversity Working Program will include a LAP (Leadership Acceleration Program) that will discover women’s potential and close the gender gap in the clean energy industry.

WE Connect Founder Karen de Bruyn stated that gender diversity would impact the renewable energy sector positively. They will set up mentorship to empower women and bridge the gap in leadership positions between females and males. In addition to including women in the industry, this program will create business opportunities for females and give access to entrepreneurship activities in the energy sector.