Janez Kopač
Director, Energy Community Secretariat
Janez Kopač

Women engaged in the energy sector were long underrepresented and this situation is only slowly improving. It is of utmost importance to fully involve them in the critical transition to a future low-carbon energy society. Decarbonisation will not be possible unless every single individual is engaged. We should be promoting women’s entrepreneurship in clean energy technologies but also recognizing that women are disproportionally impacted by issues like energy poverty and climate change and working to address these challenges. Women and men should be equally represented at the leadership table. This is why I am committed to empowering women at the Energy Community Secretariat, where women already manage the majority of units, as well as applying a gender perspective to the development of energy legislation, policies and programs I oversee in our member countries.

I support the IGC Panel Parity Pledge.

Personal Commitments

Endorse gender-responsive procurement to include principles of gender equality and women’s empowerment in its procedures for the procurement of services and works. While maintaining rigorous quality standards, procurement policies will make the utmost use of the flexibility offered by the applicable procurement law, with the aim to achieve gender equality by systematically insisting on women’s workforce participation in stipulating technical specifications, selection criteria and contractual terms.
Raise awareness on mainstreaming gender in all aspects of energy policies and interventions when providing support and assistance to the institutions of the Energy Community and the Contracting Parties. Gender concerns, needs and differences are to be considered as much as possible in planning, policy-making, project implementation and monitoring.