Gender Equality to Support Resilient Communities

Advancing the renewable heating and cooling (RHC) landscape.

Join our workshop aimed at promoting gender equality and fostering inclusive environments for women’s participation in renewable energy, energy efficiency, resilient communities, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Energy, Arts, and Mathematics) fields, with a particular focus on renewable heating and cooling.

The workshop is designed to gather insights and develop actionable policy recommendations that drive meaningful change, empowering diversity and providing equal opportunities for all individuals, regardless of gender. As part of the W4RES project and in collaboration with SUPER-i, the workshop will specifically explore how the EU and its Member States can help create a more competitive, inclusive, and gender-responsive RHC landscape.

The workshop will address strategies and mechanisms that bridge the gender gap in RHC and encourage collaboration and mentorship among women across different levels of seniority. During the workshop, relevant cases will be presented by three leading and inspiring speakers, offering valuable insights and perspectives on urban feminism, energy management and public private partnerships, and the importance of RHC in achieving sustainable and resilient communities.

Following the speaker sessions, we will facilitate three interactive sessions. The first session will focus on identifying and discussing the barriers that women face in the STEAM fields with focus on the RHC sector, including challenges related to workforce diversity, access to training and education, and career progression. The second session will explore potential solutions for increasing women’s participation in STEAM fields with focus on the RHC sector, such as targeted mentorship programs, awareness campaigns, and policy interventions.

Finally, we will collectively distill our discussions into concrete recommendations targeting authorities and policymakers in the EU and its Member States, with the ultimate goal of effecting significant change and enhancing gender readiness in the STEAM fields and especially the RHC sector.

We highly value diversity, so we encourage individuals of all genders, colors, and ages to actively participate. Your lived experiences are invaluable contributions to our policy recommendations. Let’s work together towards a substantiable future.

This workshop is organized as part of the W4RES project and in collaboration with the SUPER-i project, aimed at promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency in the EU.


Paola Zerilli

Associate Professor in Finance, University of York


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