Women participation in Energy Communities
In Greece has been noticed a significant lack of female participation in the Board of Directors of the Energy Communities. The vast majority namely 93% of Energy Communities have less than 2 women participating in the BoD.
In more detail, 42% of the Energy Communities do not have a female member; only 34% and 17% of the Energy Communities have 1 and 2 female members respectively in their BoD, and just 5% have 3. Furthermore, just 1% of the total Energy Communities have 4 or 5 women in their BoD.
Source: “Mapping of Energy Communities in Greece” (2020). Electra Energy, ICCS/NTUA, Greenpeace Greece
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Energy communities in Bulgaria face several key barriers such as policy and regulatory barriers, lack of awareness, access to finance, legal issues, culture and history, tax and VAT issues. This is the reason why there are few energy communities established in the country and it is difficult to distinguish the male and female participation in their BoD.
In Italy the situation has positive and negative side.
For instance, the level of education in women is in average higher compared to the one of men and the percentage of women graduated in the field of STEM was 53%. Unfortunately, it is impossible to make inference about the presence of women employed in the energy sector because the amount of data is not sufficient and there are no official statistics about it.
Still there is a significant lack of women in Energy company's Boards. The bright side is that thanks to a law that obliged companies listed in the stock exchange to have at least 1/3 of the Board composed by women, the number of women arose from 5% in 2011 to 30% in 2021.