The new Paris Agreement sends a strong message to the world to move towards implementation and achieve effective mitigation actions. With energy production and consumption accounting for two-thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions, it’s clear that this mitigation would require an increase in renewable energy investments. Moreover, the international community also agreed to double the percentage of renewable energy worldwide as one of the commitments under the Sustainable Development Goals. The transition to low carbon energy systems requires significant investments in capital stocks and infrastructure over the next 10-15 years. Bringing a diversity of perspectives to the investment decision process, including women and men, is important to ensuring the energy pathways finance reflect the priorities and vision of society as a whole.
This webinar, from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s Global Gender Office (GECCO) will explore the gender perspectives of renewable energy financing and understand where the potential is to influence financial flows for renewable energy in ways that empower women, as well as men, to be part of a clean energy future, and will explore what difference having women at the table could make in designing that future.
The webinar will be moderated by Andrea Athanas of GECCO and will include the following speakers and topics
- Renewable energy financing
Christine Gruning, United Nations Environment Program, Frankfurt School
- Women and finance
Liane Schalatek, Heinrich Böll Foundation North America
- Approaches that bring the two worlds together
Inka Ivette Schomer, Africa Renewable Energy Access Program, World Bank
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