Just Transition (Gender Equality)

– in the Scottish Parliament at on 8 February 2024.

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Photo of Karen Adam Karen Adam Scottish National Party

4. To ask the Scottish Government how it is embedding gender equality into its efforts to deliver a just transition. (S6O-03073)

Photo of Richard Lochhead Richard Lochhead Scottish National Party

We are committed to doing what we can to increase diversity and representation in the workforce by supporting women and people with protected characteristics to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the green transition. Our just transition plans will show how that will be integrated into our policy making. For example, we have already funded flexible working and workplace equality programmes to support women’s participation in the workforce and we will look to mainstream gender equality across our policy interventions in that area.

Photo of Karen Adam Karen Adam Scottish National Party

A survey that was conducted by the centre for international labour market studies found that women make up only 4 per cent of the total oil and gas workforce in the United Kingdom. Here in Scotland, we have an opportunity to deliver equality for women and girls through our plans for a just transition. What is the Scottish Government doing to ensure that women and girls reap their fair share of the opportunities and benefits that a just transition will bring to Scotland?

Photo of Richard Lochhead Richard Lochhead Scottish National Party

The member’s sentiments on the issue are correct. Our forthcoming just transition plans will take into account the equality impact assessment for the energy strategy and just transition plan that is being carried out by the consultancy SWECO and which includes reference to the status of women in the green workforce. That will underpin our just transition policy to ensure that we can achieve equity of access to opportunities.

We will also stay in touch with the energy sector. There is a big role for the sector itself to play in attracting more women, which is an important dimension of the debate.