The Benefits of Gender Balance in Climate Change Mitigation Investments and Sustainable Energy Initiatives
Cleaner fuels, improved efficiency and adoption of renewable energy technologies offer important possibilities for low-carbon economic development and reductions in overall greenhouse gas emissions. These possibilities are especially important for women in developing countries who currently play critical roles in supplying and managing traditional biomass fuels. The UN’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative is highlighting the importance of universal energy access, and mobilizing strategically targeted public and private investments. At the same time, climate-related financing holds significant promise for promoting greater access to energy in under-served areas in developing countries – thereby also supporting economic and social empowerment of women – particularly if funding mechanisms such as the Climate Investment Funds and the new Green Climate Fund effectively support the engagement and participation of women. This paper outlines practical information about gender-aware policies, procedures, and tools that can make energy and climate change mitigation activities and investments more successful and effective – and provide greater benefits for both men and women. It also presents some brief descriptions of successful gender mainstreaming activities in the energy sector.