IGS University of Twente
Research group CSTM

Abstract

ENGENDERING ENERGY POLICY: DO WE KNOW HOW TO SUCCEED?

Joy Clancy, Professor Energy and Gender, CSTM, University of Twente

Energy policies assume that women and men have the same values, experiences and aspirations towards energy production and use. In other words, energy policies are gender blind – neglecting gender-based differences in perception, socialization and values. There are arguments that ignoring these differences can act as a barrier to the sustainable energy transition. How can energy policies be influenced to reflect the reality of differences?

Gender budgeting has been the dominant methodology for engendering policy however in the energy sector gender audits have been tried and tested. One of the arguments for using audits is that represent a more inclusive – less technocratic – approach. This paper evaluates experiences with engendering energy policy at the level of government and organisations.