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Mass Balance Systems cannot hinder cross-border trade of renewable gas: E.ON. Biofor case

Case C-549/15, E.ON. Biofor Sverige AB vs Statens Energimyndighet, Judgement of the Court (Second Chamber) of 22 June 2017 by Lucila de Almeida and Maria […] read more


Climate team

Isabella Alloisio attending Conference “Accelerating Sustainable Finance: The Role of Financial Centres, Milan

Isabella Alloisio, from the FSR Climate team is attending on 12 April 2018 the Conference “Accelerating Sustainable Finance: The Role of Financial Centres”, taking place […] read more


The European experience with Renewable Gas

FSR Topic of the Month: Renewable Gas #3 Written by Maria Olczak and Andris Piebalgs   In the 2012 assessment of the biogas development potential in Europe, Floris […] read more



Tong Zhu presenting results of a study on Chinese energy policy

Tong Zhu, Researcher at the FSR Climate, will present results of a study on Chinese energy policy at the 2018 Royal Economic Society Annual Conference, taking […] read more

Energy PolicyEnergy Union Law

FSR meets with Embassy of Italy in Brazil

As part of the FSR Global Programme, the Florence School of Regulation was in Brasilia from March 7 to 10 to further the cooperation with the Brazilian […] read more


Lights on Women


Cybersecurity in the energy sector

Insights from Annabelle Lee (EPRI) Annabelle is a Principal Technical Executive in the Power Delivery and Utilization Sector of EPRI. She is the program manager […] read more


A word from FSR Energy Women

For International Women’s Day, the FSR Lights on Women initiative wants to ‘shine a light’ on the FSR Energy team. On daily basis, they are contributing to improve and […] read more

Energy Union Law

Lucila de Almeida

European Private Energy Law: Front and Centre of the Clean Energy Package

Written by Lucila de Almeida The second post on the topic of February advanced the conceptual framework of European private energy law outlined in the […] read more

Energy Union Law

Lucila de Almeida

European Private Energy Law: Of Rights, Remedies and Procedures

Written by Lucila de Almeida The first post on the topic of February shed a bright—and much needed—light on the unexplored field of European private […] read more

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Lights on Women

Lights on Women

- Energy Policy

As the energy sector continues to evolve, practitioners and academics are working to solve some of the most difficult challenges of our time. The sector needs a diverse talent pool, capable of bringing innovative and fresh perspectives to confront the disruptive challenges that lie ahead. Increasingly, women are taking on active roles in the energy sector using their knowledge and experiences to impact the competitiveness and future of the sector. However, statistics show that women only represent between 8% -15% of the total workforce in the European energy sector. Most women perform administrative and sales roles, with very few women employed in senior and mid-management positions. Efforts to address this gender disparity have been minimal. In fact, Ernst and Young report only a 1% increase in female leadership over the past three years. 

This problem goes beyond the workplace and is visible at conferences and events where all male panels are the norm. In an interview with the Guardian, Dr Susanne Nies, Corporate Affairs Manager at ENTSO-E and former Head of Unit Energy Policy for EURELECTRIC, shared her experience: “Recently, I was at a conference in Berlin that opened with ‘Dear Dr Nies, dear gentlemen’. We need to change that for the next generation.” Concrete steps must be taken to diversify representation and remove barriers to career advancement in the energy sector.  

The Florence School of Regulation aims to take positive steps towards addressing women’s presence in the sector by launching a new initiative –  “Lights on Women” –  to further enhance economically and socially sound energy policy and regulation. The FSR “#LightsonWomen” initiative will act as a platform to shine a light on women’s expertise, publications, projects, and professional achievements, making their contributions visible to the energy policy community. It will identify and promote women working within the energy sector to enable them to develop their professional profile and access energy experts in Europe and worldwide.

Only with an intellectually diverse community can we continue to deliver innovative thinking and advance the open exchange of ideas and strategic dialogue on energy regulation and policy.  The “Lights on Women” initiative intends to raise awareness and increase collaboration within and among organisations to support a cultural change within the energy sector.

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