Driving Gender Equality in Renewable Energy: MNRE’s “Women in Renewable Energy” Event Paves the Way for Increased Participation


On the occasion of World Environment Day, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) organized an event titled “Women in Renewable Energy: A Dialogue on Policy, Technology, Skilling, and Finance” in New Delhi. The event aimed to highlight the role of women in combating climate change and promote their increased participation in the renewable energy sector to steer India’s Energy Transition towards Net Zero.


Union Minister for Power and New & Renewable Energy, R K Singh, addressed the gathering and mentioned India’s key achievements in the renewable energy sector. He emphasized that India’s actions align with its commitments under the Paris Agreement to limit the global temperature increase to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels. Minister Singh called upon women to actively contribute to the renewable energy sector and play a crucial role in achieving India’s Net Zero goals.

Speaking at the event, Secretary of MNRE, B S Bhalla, highlighted the growing opportunities for women in the renewable energy sector. He emphasized the importance of enrolling in education and training courses related to renewable energy sources to enhance capacity building.

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During the event, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy announced the recognition of women’s contributions in the sector through various categories. These included fostering gender diversity in the workplace, acknowledging outstanding women entrepreneurs (excluding rural areas and including start-ups), rural women entrepreneurs, NGOs or Civil Society Organizations encouraging women in renewable energy use, and women leading the change for renewable energy in urban and rural areas separately.

The event was organized in collaboration with NRDC India (Natural Resources Defence Council India) and aimed to learn from women leaders’ experiences in implementing renewable energy technologies on the ground. It also sought to understand the pivotal role of women in the renewable energy value chain and explore ways to enhance their participation through supportive policies, innovative financial mechanisms, and capacity building. The event witnessed the participation of over 180 stakeholders from various sectors, including government ministries, multilateral organizations, financiers, technology suppliers, think tanks, and beneficiaries.

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The event shed light on the significant contributions women can make in combatting climate change and driving the renewable energy sector’s growth. With their engagement, India aims to achieve sustainable energy security and make substantial progress towards a greener and more sustainable future.

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