Discussion paper

Exploring Opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs Driving Climate Solutions

December 1, 2023

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 discussion note focuses on three core challenges and opportunities for women-led businesses operating in green or climate-related sectors: Climate Change Risks, Climate Transition Risks, and Climate Leadership Opportunities. It describes women’s green entrepreneurship, explores the business case for supporting women-led businesses in this space, and discusses the challenges women are likely to confront in starting and scaling their enterprises. The publication concludes with potential financing solutions for three categories of women green entrepreneurs and proposes areas for further research.