Household Energy Management

Household Energy Management

The role of women in ensuring environmental safety 

Participants in the Second Eurasian Women's Forum “Women for Energy of the Future” strategic session, dedicated to green energy issues and the maximum possible involvement of women in the industry, discussed how any housewife can contribute to changing the environmental situation in the world.

Vice President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Elizabeth Nelson is sure that “nowadays, we must strive to ensure that renewable energy sources become primary and not alternative.” According to her, more women must be involved in the energy sector in order to accelerate the transition to development along this line. But for this to happen, all the conditions must be created at the state level for women to receive the specialized education as well as equal opportunities for employment in industry-specific enterprises.

At present, many young girls are studying in this field, though few of them remain in the profession after graduating from university. This is due, among other things, to the stereotype current in society that such hard work is not for women. Vivid examples demonstrating the opposite, however, motivate not only representatives of the fair sex to realize their potential in the energy sector but also the leaders of enterprises to start involving women in industry work.

According to session moderator, Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation Anastasiya Bondarenko, the ratio of women and men in the energy sector in Russia is balanced: according to agency’s statistics, 54% of those involved are men and 46% are women.

A desire to improve housekeeping methods can serve as an important motivation for representatives of the fair sex. Thus, Mi-young Han, President of World Women Inventors and Entrepreneurs Association, spoke about the “Living Inventions” project. Women, faced daily with certain domestic difficulties, developed and implemented real projects. For example, one Korean housewife came up with a mop that makes it possible to wash the floor from a standing position, without bending over, and another woman invented a refiner, which by means of ionization cleanses fatty waste when cooking deep-fried foods.

Every woman engaged in housekeeping can contribute to the changing ecological situation in the world. To do this, according to Olga Senova, chairwoman of the Friends of the Baltic environmental NGO, it is essential that we conserve energy in everyday life: to plan housekeeping, to insulate windows and doors in a timely and quality fashion, to choose curtains for good lighting, and much more.

As part of the SPARE project, in effect in 16 countries around the world, 7 Russian federal districts, and with 18,000 participants, information seminars and lectures on climate and energy, training in drawing up climate plans, competitions for school energy efficiency projects, and a number of other events are held.

Considerable importance is attached to education in the field of energy and the environment by the mass media. “Ecological news will be of benefit and not harm,” First Deputy General Director of Argumenty i Fakty Publishing House Marina Mishunkina said. In 2017, the Year of Ecology, the publishing house implemented the “Ecology of Russia” project, as part of which an eco-audit of industrial enterprises was conducted, resort zones and territories were inspected, a “green passport” was developed for the accommodation facility, and the first Russian-Turkish forum of hospitality was organized.

As part of the strategic session, Saltanat Rakhimbekova, Chair of the Board of the ‘Coalition for a Green Economy and G-Global Development’, Member of the Green Economy Council under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, presented the book Green Way: EXPO-2017 and the Green Economy, which talks about significant green projects of our time. In addition, the book contains analytical information on large-scale transformations taking place in Kazakhstan during its years of independence.

“We need motivators,” Global Shapers Community Head Yemi Babington believes. “I do not believe in supermen; I believe in superwomen!” 

Polina Danilova,

Eurasian Women's Community News Agency