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INDUSTRY SURVEY: WOMEN IN THE OFFSHORE WIND SECTOR

  • Oct 22, 2021
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The following information was released by the UK Government:

Industry survey shows Taiwan leads the world on representation of women in the Offshore Wind sector

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British Office Taipei

Published

22 October 2021

More women are working in Offshore Wind in Taiwan (26%) compared with the global wind average (21%) and the Asia Pacific wind average (15%).

Leading the charge in renewable energy: 95% of Offshore Wind companies in Taiwan have female line managers and 60% have female directors.

Winds of change needed in technical education and family support to achieve equality.

Report published as UK-Taiwan Trade Talks affirm collaboration on renewable energy, pioneering offshore wind power for generations to come.

On 20 October 2021, the British Office Taipei supported the British Chamber of Commerce in Taipei to launch a new report on the representation of women in Taiwan's offshore wind industry. The report was produced by the British Chamber of Commerce in Taipei's Women in Business Committee and the UK Renewables Committee.

Attending the launch event, Natalie Black, Her Majesty's Trade Commissioner for Asia Pacific welcomed the new study highlighting the proportion of women working in Taiwan's offshore wind sector, including many in leadership roles setting the future direction of the industry.

The survey results show a higher proportion of women working in offshore wind in Taiwan (26% women) compared with the global wind average (21% women) and the Asia Pacific wind average (15% women). The survey also revealed that Taiwan's offshore wind industry has a high level of female representation at management level. 95% of offshore wind companies have women line managers and 60% have female directors, many of whom are exercising significant influence over their companies and the industry.

The insight interviews indicate that Taiwan offshore wind's progressive status is due to high levels of social acceptance of women in leadership positions, a pool of strong female talent and the motivation of these women to work in a sector that benefits society.

Although there is a higher proportion of women in offshore wind in Taiwan than in other markets, it is still some way behind most other industries in Taiwan. Women are still underrepresented in the wind industry and action is required.

The report identified three key areas for the industry to address barriers to gender equality: the education of women in technology and engineering subjects; the promotion of careers in offshore wind for women; improved policies to support women with families.

Welcoming the report, Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs issued a statement:

Taiwan has been actively developing offshore wind power and positively responding to climate change in recent years. We are pleased to see high participation of women in this field, making Taiwan's offshore wind industry more diverse and innovative.

Natalie Black, Her Majesty's Trade Commissioner for Asia Pacific, said:

I am delighted that the British Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan has shone a light on the immense opportunities in offshore wind. As the world focusses on tackling climate change, it is more important than ever to turn words into action and support not only this important sector but also the people who are ensuring we realise its potential. I am inspired by the women who are leading this crucial sector at every level.

Marina Hsu, Chairperson of Taiwan Offshore Wind Industry Association said:

A decade ago Taiwan's offshore wind industry was just burgeoning and was widely dominated by men. Up until today, many still perceived it as an unsuitable sector for women. We are proud to say that all the TOWIA member companies are dedicated to support and encourage more women to join the wind sector. Today, many prominent leaders in the Taiwanese offshore wind industry are women. There has been a sea change in women's representation in Taiwan, but we shall not be complacent, we shall know there is always work to be done to inspire, attract and retain more women in this sector.

Maya Malik, Offshore Wind Project Director and BCCT Women in Business advisor said:

During my 20 year career in energy, I have quite often been the only woman in the room. The higher level the meeting, the fewer women. In the early days of Taiwan offshore wind I went to several cross-industry meetings where half the room were women, and many of the speakers were women. I was pleasantly surprised, as were many others. Something special is happening in Taiwan.

More information

The survey, sponsored by Taylor Hopkinson, was informed by research with 38 companies active in the Taiwan offshore wind industry (including developers, turbine suppliers, installation companies, foundation manufacturers and major engineering firms) and nine in-depth interviews with women at senior leadership level. Full report

Source global wind average (21%) and the Asia Pacific wind average (15%) is a global survey by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and the Global Women's Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET) International Renewable Energy Agency, Wind Energy, A Gender Perspective

The British Chamber of Commerce in Taipei (BCCT) acts as a key resource for business by ensuring that its members have a direct line to assistance and networks, as well as providing a united but unbiased commercial perspective on all issues affecting British business interests in Taiwan, and Taiwan business interests in the UK. In conjunction with membership activities, the BCCT is also active in the community in Taiwan and has donated over NT$15 million to charities.

The Women in Business Programme aims to raise awareness of the importance of gender diversity in the workplace in Taiwan through events and activities under three main themes: Share, Connect, Support and Celebrate. The BCCT Women in Business Committee aims to become a resource for the support, sharing, education, and research of issues for Women in Business in Taiwan. We strive to engage our members and the greater community in activities that will facilitate opportunities for women, highlight issues important to the community, and actively improve the position for women in the workplace.

The UK Renewables Committee (UKRC) is a renewable energy industry representation body established to support the growth and proliferation of renewables in Taiwan. The UKRC is jointly supported by the BCCT and the British Office Taipei. The UKRC is a platform for networking and collaboration among its members to build relationships across the supply chain of renewables between Taiwan and the UK; facilitate exchange, lessons learned and experiences among its members, the Taiwanese industry, and the general public; and represent its members to raise issues towards the Taiwanese government and create awareness for renewables towards industry, academia and the public.

Taylor Hopkinson is a trusted recruitment partner to renewable energy leaders, delivering permanent and contract recruitment, retained search and business intelligence solutions to enable our clients to develop, finance, construct and operate renewable energy projects globally. Taylor Hopkinson multilingual teams specialise in the offshore and onshore wind, solar and energy storage sectors, placing talent across Europe, Iberia and LATAM, APAC and North America. They were awarded Recruiter of the Year 2021 and 2019/20 at the Wind Investment Awards, based on their deep industry knowledge, extensive network, commitment to diversity, and their honest and transparent approach to doing business.

The launch event of the report on the representation of women in Taiwan's offshore wind industry was supported by Taylor Hopkinson and HSBC Bank Taiwan.

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