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​IESA recognises women powering India's clean energy, EV and green hydrogen drive

With Women Equality Day just past, the India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) called attention to the pivotal role that women play in driving India's clean energy transformation, with contributions to clean energy, EV, and green hydrogen areas.

The group said it would recognize women leaders who have been driving impactful changes in these areas as the country progresses towards energy security through clean sources. "From spearheading research and innovation to influencing policy decisions, these women have carved a niche for themselves, inspiring countless others to follow in their footsteps" the alliance said in a statement.

According to the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report 2022, only one in five leadership roles in the energy sector are held by women. India, which is utilizing its G20 Presidency to encourage global cooperation for sustainable growth, has also brought focus on a women-led inclusive development agenda. Gender parity not only empowers individuals but propels entire industries forward. Embracing women-led development and harnessing diverse perspectives aligns perfectly with the country's pursuit of sustainable growth on a global platform.

IESA has also been using its MICRO (The Microgrid Initiative for Campus & Rural Opportunities) initiative to work with rural women groups to create clean energy-based economic development and entrepreneurship opportunities for the livelihood of these communities.

This compilation, while not comprehensive, serves as an illustrative collection intended to offer insights based on available data and information shared by women collaborating with the IESA team.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Rahul Walawalkar, President, IESA, emphasised, "The clean energy transition demands a collaborative approach, and the inclusion of women leaders is a strategic imperative. Their expertise, vision, and determination are driving innovation and shaping policies that will define India's energy landscape. These women leaders underscore the transformative influence that women have in shaping the clean energy, EV, and green hydrogen sectors."

Netra Walawalkar, Vice President, India Operations, Customized Energy Solutions, shared her perspective, "Empowering women in the clean energy sector is a crucial step towards achieving sustainable development. The clean energy landscape in India is undergoing a monumental shift, and many women leaders are at the forefront of this transformation. Their unique insights and contributions play a vital role in shaping a greener future for India. The Women Leaders recognized by IESA are instrumental in driving innovation, advocating for sustainable policies, and propelling the growth of clean energy technologies.''

Jyoti Parikh, Executive Director, Integrated Research and Action for Development, said, "It takes two legs to walk. Going without women would mean hopping on one leg. Energy transition pose challenges that need us to run a long distance to bring technological, digital, societal cultural changes needed."

Dr. Surekha Deshmukh, Domain Consultant, Sustainability Practice – TCS, said, "Women in energy is a blessing to be able to contribute at advancing technology, creating impact, empowering next generation to serve society and practise sustainability in each action." 

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