A Sustainable Strategy: More Women in Renewable Energy
We have all heard the benefits of renewable energy to the environment: better for people, the planet, and often, even businesses’ bottom lines. And here’s yet another benefit of renewable energy: the average renewable energy power project creates more jobs than those of fossil fuel technologies, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency. Solar PV, for example, creates twice the number of jobs per unit of electricity generation compared with coal or natural gas. In fact, there could be as many as 24.4 million renewable energy jobs by 2030, and GE and Masdar want to make sure more of those positions are held by women.
The two companies have just announced their joint development of the “Women in Innovation” leadership training program, to be based at the GE Ecomagination Innovation Center in Masdar City. The training will focus on nurturing the skills that will help UAE women pursue careers and entrepreneurial opportunities in the renewable energy sector.
GE and Masdar will select the women for the training program through an online competition that will be announced in the first quarter of 2016. The women, based in the MENA region, will have to demonstrate through their CVs and essay application, their interest in advancing their knowledge in a relevant sustainability field. The experience will be focused on skills that will enable them to pursue career opportunities and/or pursue entrepreneurial options in the renewable energy sector.”
Experts from GE and Masdar will deliver the training, which will cover various aspects of the renewable energy industry, including the different energy technologies and their potential, innovation and entrepreneurial strategies, and GE’s widely respected leadership programs.
The Women in Innovation initiative reinforces GE’s commitment to helping local governments and industries develop a skilled and entrepreneurial workforce, as well as to promote diversity in the workplace. The training program also will strengthen the participation of women as professionals, entrepreneurs, and leaders in the UAE’s sustainability economy.
“Women have a central role to play in driving sustainable development. Their ability to initiate positive steps in promoting a culture of sustainability and influencing societal change is significant,” said Dr. Nawal Al-Hosany Director of Sustainability at Masdar.
The two companies made the announcement on the sidelines of the World Future Energy Summit (WFES), which is being held this week in Abu Dhabi. Many of GE’s sustainability technologies and solutions are on display at its stand in Hall 5, Booth Number 5420. Visitors can also pick up a copy of a just released white paper by GE and the World Resources Institute entitled “Water, Energy, Risks & Rewards – Challenges, Opportunities and Ideas for Innovation at the Water-Energy Nexus.”