Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Leadership: How the Climate Leaders Network (CLN) Leads the Way

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Sunita Dubey, Vietnam Lead, GEAPP
Key Facts
The Climate Leaders Network (CLN) is a partnership of three organisations namely International Financial Corporation (IFC), Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP), and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to amplify women’s leadership and visibility in the climate and energy space.

Energy plays a pivotal role in shaping societies, economies, and the environment. As we navigate the transition from traditional fuels to clean energy, entrepreneurship, innovation, and leadership are essential pillars driving progress. Central to this journey is the Climate Leaders Network (CLN), a powerful partnership of three organizations namely International Financial Corporation (IFC), Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP), and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). This initiative’s main emphasis is to amplify women’s leadership and visibility, aiming to drive collective action for sustainable practices and policies. Other important objectives are to accelerate this transition by leveraging partnerships, mobilizing resources, and fostering collaboration.

At the heart of the Climate Leaders Network lies a commitment to catalyzing entrepreneurship in the clean energy sector. By providing a platform for training, capacity building, and institutional support, the network empowers individuals—especially women—to embark on entrepreneurial ventures. Through mentorship programs and access to networks, emerging entrepreneurs gain the skills and connections necessary to navigate the complexities of the clean energy market.

Innovation stands as another cornerstone of the CLN’s mission. By bringing together diverse perspectives and expertise, the network fosters a culture of innovation aimed at developing sustainable solutions to pressing climate challenges. Through targeted workshops, training sessions, and collaborative projects, members of the network are equipped with the tools and knowledge to drive innovation in clean energy technologies, business models, and practices.

The Climate Leaders Network meeting in Ho Chi Minh last 25 January 2024

Leadership emerges as the most critical aspect of the CLN. As climate change continues to pose significant threats to communities and ecosystems worldwide, bold and visionary leadership is needed to catalyze action and drive meaningful change. The network endeavors to enhance the prominence of leaders—both established and emerging—who are committed to advancing climate solutions. Through strategic media campaigns, thought-provoking publications, and engaging events, the network amplifies the voices of these leaders, inspiring others to join the movement.

Climate Leaders Network is dedicated to advocating for policy reform that supports entrepreneurship, innovation, and leadership in the clean energy sector. By engaging with policymakers, industry stakeholders, and civil society organizations, the network seeks to create an enabling environment conducive to the growth and success of clean energy entrepreneurs and innovators. Encouraging entrepreneurs can help to drive inclusive growth and maintain the consistency required to meet net-zero goals. A supportive industry ecosystem, built on guidance by experienced mentors and leaders, will help develop reproducible and scalable clean energy solutions.

By harnessing the collective power of entrepreneurship, innovation, and leadership, the Climate Leaders Network aims to drive transformative change in the clean energy sector and beyond. Through collaboration, empowerment, and advocacy, the network endeavors to build a more sustainable and resilient future for generations to come.