The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has announced the appointment of Pacific Hydro’s Legal Manager, Amelia Hanscombe, as Australia’s Ambassador to their Women in Wind Global Leadership Program.
When representing Pacific Hydro, Hanscombe is often the only woman in the room (or Zoom call) and is calling for greater representation of women in the wind industry.
“Women bring a diversity of perspectives and skills which foster robust discussions and greater innovation. Despite their clear capability, women’s voices are not equally heard in the renewables sector – either in energy markets or in political decision-making spheres”, explained Hanscombe.
“If we are to tackle climate change effectively and address the challenges of transitioning to a clean energy future, women need to be an equal part of the solution”, she said.
Launched in partnership with the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET), the Women in Wind Global Leadership Program will empower the international participants to drive meaningful change in their local markets.
Findings from a January 2020 study conducted by the International Renewable Energy Agency revealed that “women represent only 21% of the wind energy workforce … [and] 32% in renewables”.
Hanscombe outlined her hopes for the Leadership Program, saying “Whilst I’m lucky enough to have an incredible female support network across the industry, we clearly need more women to join our ranks.”
“I’m looking forward to using this platform to encourage women in both technical and non-technical disciplines to enter the Australian wind industry. For those already working in the sector, I want to move us closer to achieving gender equity and drive greater representation at senior management and board level.”
“This industry is really at the front line of addressing climate change, and it’s critical that we include gender equity, diversity and inclusivity as key areas for the industry’s growth. I’m excited to be part of that change”, said Hanscombe.
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Jessica Storer, Communications Manager
About Pacific Hydro: Founded in Australia in 1992, Pacific Hydro operates a high quality, diversified portfolio of wind, solar and hydro renewable assets in Australia, and has a significant pipeline of renewable projects under development, as well as a growing electricity and gas retail business, Tango Energy. Pacific Hydro is owned by State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC). SPIC is one of the top five power generation groups in China.
 IRENA (2020), Wind Energy: A Gender Perspective. IRENA. Abu Dhabi.