Gender and Renewable Energy Workshop
This report summarizes presentations and ideas generated at a workshop on gender and renewable energy held in Washington, D.C., in 2014.
The workshop was geared toward building new knowledge and guidance on gender considerations in low emissions development planning and the renewable energy sector beyond the household level.
Participants agreed that it would be valuable to explore whether greenhouse gas and economic growth trajectories might change by including a gender component among the co-benefits, and how to apply a gender lens to renewable energy investment policy tools such as feed-in tariffs.
They laid out reasons for incorporating gender into private investment in the sector, such as greater community ownership of facilities and higher return on investment. Regarding infrastructure, ideas included piloting a consultation process that addresses gender inequalities.
Any project that fails to consider half of the energy end users cannot expect to meet their needs, participants agreed.
To ensure that renewable energy services are reaching intended users, participants said it is important to ensure gender-focused data collection tools and methods, the involvement of women in product design processes and field testing of new designs, and education on energy options and costs.