Women have borne the brunt of Covid-19 induced lockdowns and economic decline, and they are often on the frontline of climate change. The continuing lack of female presence in energy companies and ministries should worry everyone.
Apprenticeships and greater unionisation can make a serious contribution to creating a more diverse clean energy workforce, and offering stable, long-term careers in the industry.
Women and people of colour are still under-represented in the US energy industry, finds a report for the National Association of State Energy Officials.
Governments worldwide are accelerating the energy transition, but a lack of skilled workers risks creating bottlenecks in the roll-out of clean technology.
Diversity is not a zero-sum game. A more representative workforce will enable companies to better drive forward the clean energy transition and ensure it benefits all communities.
G20 leaders need to ditch voluntary commitments and set clear, measurable targets for clean energy access when they meet later this month.