C3E International

Last updated: 2 August 2023

To ensure that the low carbon transition is equitable and inclusive, the Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) International initiative was re-launched in 2017 as a joint effort between the Clean Energy Ministerial and the IEA. The initiative, co-led and co-chaired by Canada, works to advance gender equality in the energy sector globally. Canada leads the Awards & Recognition programme under C3E International, which recognises outstanding individuals and organisations contributing to a clean energy future while advancing the empowerment of women. Canada also leads the Equal by 30 Campaign, under C3E International, which encourages voluntary commitments by both public and private sector organisations to work towards equal pay, equal leadership and equal opportunities for women in the energy sector by 2030. Given a persistent lack of sustained gender-disaggregated data collection in the energy sector, which makes inclusive policy development and decision-making more difficult, the government of Canada has developed a reporting framework under Equal by 30 for all signatories to measure their progress, and to create a baseline of gender-disaggregated data for the energy sector. The reporting framework results, released in March 2021, provided insight into diverse representation and inclusive workplaces within the energy sector, and are a critical first step in using data-driven insights to accelerate progress and take targeted action. Under the 2021 UK G7 Presidency, energy ministers of the G7 unanimously agreed to “deepen efforts to advance gender equality and diversity in the energy sector, including under the Equal by 30 Campaign”, to build a more inclusive and equitable workforce that enables the sector to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

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