Women’s Leadership in Cleantech: A Case Study on London’s Action Plan

The London Sustainable Development Commission’s (LSDC) Cleantech and Innovation work is designed to support the Mayor of London’s commitment to grow the city’s green economy and reduce its carbon emissions to zero by 2050. It is advising on ways to make London a world-leading location for low-carbon, cleantech innovation businesses.



Businesses with women at strategic and senior management levels have been shown generally to outperform those without. To help London’s large and growing cleantech sector reach its full potential, it must therefore draw from the talents and ideas of women as entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders.

The gender-gap

Barriers to women’s participation

London’s women in Cleantech Agenda

The six workstreams are:

– Connecting existing networks.
– Working with the finance community to improve gender parity in the companies receiving financing.
– Strengthening the existing ecosystem, amplifying activity and developing best practice.
– Cohesive, strategic and targeted communications to inspire the next wave of female cleantech entrepreneurs.
– Working with schools and education institutes to encourage girls and young women into the field.
– Addressing unconscious biases and giving women the tools and skills to succeed in cleantech entrepreneurship.