Energy networks respond to the first annual survey held by industry-wide LGBTQ+ network, Pride in Energy.
David Smith, Chief Executive at Energy Networks Association which represents represents the UK and Ireland’s energy networks businesses said:
“Digitalisation, decentralisation, and decarbonisation are the often talked about ‘three Ds’ of the energy transition, but in reality there is a fourth – diversity. We need new people with new ideas and perspectives to build the networks of the future and stop climate change.
"It’s incumbent on organisations like ours to work with our members, supporting their efforts to drive diversity and inclusion, and I applaud the work done by Pride in Energy to build the evidence base for us to continue to do that.”
Notes to editors
- 35% of respondents have witnessed or experienced discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation in the last five years
- 77% ranking their employer as 7/10 or higher for inclusivity
- 58% of LGBTQ+ respondents felt comfortable enough to be fully ‘out’ in the industry
About Energy Networks Association
We’re the industry body for the energy networks. Our members own and operate the wires and pipes which carry electricity and gas into your community, supporting our economy. The wires and pipes are the arteries of our economy, delivering energy to over 30 million homes and businesses across the UK and Ireland. To do this safely and reliably, the businesses which run the networks employ 45,000 people and have spent and invested over £60 billion in the last eight years.