Energy and Gender Workshop

A one-day workshop, “Engaging Women in Clean Energy Solutions,” will emphasize energy, poverty, and gender issues in the developing world.

The workshop will be held Sunday, 13 May 2012, at the Colorado Convention Center, Denver, Colorado, USA. An intensive focus on energy and gender will jump-start the conference week throughout which the Energy and Gender (EG) Section is organizing technical sessions and forums on energy and gender issues. Dr. Michelle Bachelet, Director of UN Women, has been invited to keynote the workshop and to address the Forum’s first plenary session. The Workshop will be opened by Professor Ali Sayigh, Director General of the World Renewable Energy Network (WREN).

FarharKey issues will include energy as women’s business, cooking and electrification, methods for women’s inclusion in clean energy solutions, and climate and energy justice. A technical committee, chaired by Dr. Barbara Farhar, Ph.D. of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) at the University of Colorado at Boulder (USA), is developing the workshop as well as WREF’s EG section.

WREF2012 will focus on how renewable energy technology can address the world’s economic, environmental, and security challenges from an international perspective as well as explore what it will take to integrate renewables into the world’s energy infrastructure on a much larger scale. This international conference gathers the world’s top energy experts in covering research, technology transfer, manufacturing, installation, utilities, environment, policy, professional education, workforce development, consumer education, and small-scale distributed technologies.

Since WREF2012 will take place just one month before the UN Conference on Environment and Development (Rio+20), it provides an opportunity to highlight the importance of renewable energy in building a green economy, one of the key themes of Rio+20. It can also support the goals of the UN’s global campaign on Sustainable Energy for All by 2030.

This workshop on Engaging Women in Clean Energy Solutions will identify specific examples of gender-sensitive energy access initiatives and policies that support women’s economic empowerment, improve food security and water management, facilitate a widespread transition to low-emission energy technologies, conserve critical ecosystems, and promote successful adaptation to changing climate conditions.

WREF 2012 is being organized by the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the World Renewable Energy Network (WREN), and is supported by the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) and the Colorado Renewable Energy Society (CRES). The EG Section is also being sponsored by the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

WREF2012 comes at a watershed moment in the evolution of energy sourcing. Renewable energy sources are now crossing over the grid-parity divide into mainstream use throughout the world. The Forum will examine how renewable and sustainable energy technologies address the world’s economic, environmental, and security challenges at every scale from off-grid villages to gigawatt power plants.

The EG section will also present technical sessions and forums focusing on the role of women in science and technology.

The workshop may be added to a conference registration for an additional $50, or may be purchased separately as a stand-alone event.