Deep Dive Workshop

Gender Inclusive Clean Energy Solutions to Tackle Energy Poverty

Organized by: ADB Institute (ADBI)

The intersection of gender and energy, including the environmental problems caused by energy use, is a critical but underexplored area of research that has immense implications for achieving social equity and environmental sustainability. Gender dynamics significantly influence energy access, consumption, production, and decision-making processes. As the world strives to address the challenges of energy transition and climate change, it is crucial to understand the multifaceted relationship between gender, energy, and the environment.
For women, the gather of solid fuel for cooling presents additional challenges. In many societies, due to traditional gender roles, women and girls are often responsible for gathering and managing household energy, meaning they must spend significant time and effort collecting solid fuels. This not only limits their opportunities for education and economic activities but may also expose them to health risks from using unclean fuels. Therefore, strategies to address energy poverty need to pay special attention to women's needs and rights, including improving their access to energy, reducing dependence on polluting fuels, and ensuring their voice in energy decision-making processes.