Women in Sustainability
Within the global shift towards sustainability and a more environmentally conscience society, many women are showing great leadership in projects ranging from urban emissions management and corporate sustainability targets to resilient energy grids and ESG financing. The female leadership within the sustainability movement has been vital in producing holistic solutions to climate issues, as many leaders have tried to show that sustainable solutions are also beneficial in tackling citizens’ economic and health concerns too.
Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, is one of these women. During her time as mayor, she helped to tackle Paris’ pollution problems by instigating over 50km of specialist cycle pathways. This has helped to drive down traffic in the city, improving Parisian health through both increased exercise and higher air quality.
Mindy Lubber, CEO and President of Ceres, is tackling another key hurdle in this effort – the issue of corporate engagement in responsible and ambitious climate change commitments. Lubber recently spoke at the 2021 Bloomberg Green Summit, where she highlighted that the key to corporate engagement was developing targets with transparent short, medium and long-term landmarks, and which also help enhance the economic resilience of the business as the same time as improving their sustainability credentials.
Dr. Melissa C. Lott was also speaking at the conference and highlighted the need for new green energy grids to boost their resilience to sudden and dramatic environmental changes akin to avoid repeats of the energy crisis in Texas at the start of 2021. This will be another vital aspect to improving sustainability and not having to rely on fossil fuel energy when adverse conditions arise.
Finally, the ECB President Christine Lagarde has also signalled her leadership within the field of sustainable finance, by championing green bonds and pledging to turn the ECB into the world’s first ‘climate bank’ in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We may have only picked out 4 examples here, but it is evident from them that female leadership is going to play a vital role in all aspects of the increased efforts to move towards a more sustainable economy that protects our environment from the worst effects of climate change.