Exploring Opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs Driving Climate Solutions

Authored by: Franziska Deininger

Categories: Global Public Health, Humanitarian Emergencies
Sub-Categories: Climate and Environment, Economic Participation
Region: No Region
Year: 2023
Citation: Deininger, Franziska. Exploring Opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs Driving Climate Solutions. International Finance Corporation, 2023.

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Executive Summary

The call for inclusive and gender-responsive climate action is growing, as is the need to build and share evidence on how efforts to achieve gender equality and to counter climate change are linked. Research into intersections between gender, climate change, and entrepreneurship is a small but growing field with the potential to yield important insights to drive inclusive low-carbon development.

This note describes women’s green entrepreneurship and explores the business case for supporting women-led businesses in green or climate-related sectors. It examines challenges and potential financing solutions for different categories of women green entrepreneurs, proposes areas for further research, and focuses on three core challenges and opportunities:

1. Climate Change Risks: Women face unique challenges in confronting climate-related risks.
2. Climate Transition Risks: Due to stubborn gender gaps, women and other disadvantaged groups are unlikely to benefit from new climate-related opportunities to the same extent as men.
3. Climate Leadership Opportunities: Women’s leadership and decision-making are key to effective and inclusive climate action.