Will women build the sustainable infrastructure of the future?

(Eco Business, 11 Mar 2019) World Resources Institute analysts discuss why women’s access to jobs matters for everyone, and how women can participate more in the sustainable infrastructure workforce.

The world is vastly underestimating the benefits of acting on climate change. Recent research from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate finds that bold climate action could deliver at least $26 trillion in economic benefits through 2030.

This groundbreaking research, produced by the Global Commission and more than 200 experts, highlights proof points of the global shift to a low-carbon economy, and identifies ways to accelerate action in five sectors: energy, cities, food and land use, water and industry. Our blog series, The $26 Trillion Opportunity, explores these economic opportunities in greater detail.

Bold climate action could create more than 65 million new jobs in 2030—many of them in sustainable infrastructure fields like clean energy, public transit and efficient buildings. However, as part of a just transition, we’ll need to make sure men and women benefit equally from these millions of new jobs.  

Women have historically been left out of traditional infrastructure fields. They hold only 17.5 per cent of jobs in the EU’s transport sector, and represent only 20-25 per cent of the workforce in the energy sector. Women’s underrepresentation in these fields doesn’t just hurt them, it hurts everyone.

Ensuring that women have access to opportunities in sustainable infrastructure projects can spur economic growth, improve environmental outcomes and generate social benefits.

Women’s access to jobs matters for everyone

More than 2.7 billion women around the world still encounter significant, oftentimes legally entrenched barriers that limit their participation in the workforce.

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Eco Business, 11 Mar 2019: Will women build the sustainable infrastructure of the future?