About & History


The Clean Energy Education and Empowerment International Initiative (C3E International) aims to advance the transition to a low carbon economy through advancing women’s participation in clean energy and closing the gender gap in the energy sector. The C3E International Initiative is a Technology Collaboration Programme (TCP), jointly under the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM).

The energy industry remains one of the most gender imbalanced sectors, with women making up just 20 percent of the workforce. This share continues to fall with increasing responsibility. Women’s representation in renewable energy is 32 percent (IRENA 2019), despite research that consistently shows that a diverse workforce and gender-balanced boardroom results in greater organizational performance and stronger results.

The C3E International Initiative is a governmental network with currently 12 member countries.

C3E International works on the improvement of gender-disaggregated data in the energy sector in C3E member countries and beyond. C3E International offers an Awards program and an Ambassadors program to honor women in leadership roles and showcase role models in the clean energy sector. Furthermore, networking opportunities and information exchange is organized through regional and international events with the aim to raise awareness and illustrate good practice examples of policies and activities. C3E International has initiated the Equal by 30 Campaign with a substantial number of companies and research institutions as signatories.



The origins of the C3E International Initiative date back to 2010, when the Clean Energy Ministerial launched the Initiative at their first Ministerial, recognizing the transition to a clean energy future will only be successful if the world harnesses and empowers all possible talent.

In June 2017, the C3E International Initiative was reorganized using the International Energy Agency (IEA) Technology Collaboration Programme format, recognizing this new structure could provide a stronger backing for the Initiative. Countries were able to re-join the Initiative in this new format with an updated work plan and objectives, bringing continuity and also new energy to the work.

The Technology Collaboration Programme supports the work of independent, international groups of experts that enable governments and industries from across the globe to lead programs and projects on a wide range of energy technologies and related issues. The experts in these collaborations work to advance the research, development, and commercialization of energy technologies and advance key workforce issues.

Canada, Sweden, and Italy were the founding members of the Technology Collaboration Programme format of C3E International and hosted the first Executive Committee meeting in September 2017 in Paris. The first shared focus area, the Data & Benchmarking workstream, was launched at the November 2017 IEA Ministerial.