As solar grows, so must the solar workforce. SolarPower Europe’s #SolarWorks campaign with Grow with Google showcases the multitude of jobs available in our sector. Today, solar provides 357,000 direct and indirect jobs in Europe. Solar is fast becoming the backbone of the energy system and could supply 1.1 million jobs in 2030.
Just as revolutionary solar technology changes the way we look at energy generation, the solar sector must do our part to take society forward in other ways, and dismantle any outdated, unfair barriers to employment that face underrepresented groups. Every workplace must be inclusive, regardless of gender or sexual identity, race or cultural background, or disability status.
The solar sector is made better by a workforce that brings together a diversity of experience that is representative of the world around us. As solar accelerates, we need to maximise its enormous employment potential while ensuring that the talent and passion of our growing solar workforce is nurtured – wherever it comes from. Improving gender equality alone has clear benefit for productivity, and could take EU GDP from €1.95 to €3.15 trillion by 2050, according to the European Institute for Gender Equality.
Gender balance plays an important role within the issue of diversity. Unfortunately, we still see that gender inequality is significantly present within Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) roles and at decision-making levels in many organisations. The good news is that the renewables sector employs significantly more women than traditional energy sectors -32% of renewable workers are women vs. 22% in fossil fuels. But we can, and must, take that further and ensure we entrench a culture of equality in our future-looking sector, at all levels of our organisations.
SolarPower Europe is proud to announce the European Solar Diversity Champion Awards 2022. This Award brings visibility to the importance of diversity , recognise the substantial efforts that are still needed for a more inclusive workforce, and highlight best practices that support diversity practices within an organisation.
The winners of the European Solar Diversity Champion Awards 2022 will be voted for at the upcoming SolarPower Summit.
The voting will take place at the SolarPower Summit 2022 on 31 March.
The proposals of companies participating in the European Solar Diversity Champion Awards 2022 will be reviewed by a selected jury. On the 22nd of March, the three finalists will present their diversity work during a public webinar.
Register to our webinar on Tuesday 22 March at 15:00 – 16:30 CET to discover who the finalists are.
The recordings of the webinar will be made available to the participants of the SolarPower Summit, who will be voting for the winner.
The winner will be awarded European Solar Diversity Champion 2022.
For the European Solar Diversity Champion Awards 2022, we invite companies active in the solar market to share their diversity initiatives and successes.
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