Government leaders and organizations across the world have made ambitious commitments to decarbonize electricity and support the transition toward a 100% renewable energy future. The path to 100% clean energy won’t be the same everywhere, but to succeed, each country will need strong leadership, partnerships between governments and private industry and a commitment to making changes now to impact the future.

As the transition continues, it is important to include diverse voices in the decision-making process at all levels of government, utilities, and the private sector. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the energy sector remains one of the least gender diverse sectors, with women accounting for only 22% of the traditional energy sector despite making up 48% of the global labor force. Closing this gender gap will be vital as women are key drivers of innovative and inclusive solutions. 

Paola Pimentel, Business Development for Acciona Energía in the Dominican Republic,  and Silvia Alvorado de Córdoba, Director at Energy Intelligence Consulting in Guatemala, are established leaders in the Latin American energy industry and are working to empower and encourage other women to lend their voices in their respective countries. Both women are also part of the Path to 100% Community of Experts.

In a a virtual Expert Exchange called “Women in Power: “Female leadership in the clean energy transition & the keys to a successful energy transition in Latin America” they joined moderator Silvia Zumarraga, General Manager of Market Development for Wärtsilä, Latin America & Caribbean, to discuss the growing role of women in the energy sector and efforts to achieve greater participation from a diverse talent pool. 

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