International Women's Rights Day
Women's Rights Day

Portraits of the project's actors :
Delphine Lequatre, Head of Renewable Regulation

Every year, 8 March celebrates International Women's Rights Day. In this context,
Ailes Marines wanted to highlight the women who operate
every day to help the project move forward.
Zoom in on their careers, their missions and their daily motivations.

Gwennael Jezequel

What is your background?

As a lawyer specialising in industrial environmental law, I chose to work in the onshore wind energy sector, then emerging in France, out of ecological conviction. After working in a law firm specialising in wind and photovoltaic energy, I joined the professional organisation for renewable energies in order toimprove the legislative and regulatory framework for these sectors.

At the beginning of 2021 I joined theIberdrola Renewables France team as Regulation Manager for all our onshore and offshore installations and projects.

How long have you been working on the project?

I have the chance to be involved in the construction of the Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm since the beginning of 2021.

What is your role?

My main role for the Saint-Brieuc project is to implement the purchase contract for the electricity that the wind turbines will produce. The implications of this contract on the project's implementation are central: for example, it is through this contract that the deadline for commission ing the wind farm is determined. I also liaise with professional organisations to anticipate regulatory and economic developments affecting the project.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

My job requires me tobe in contact with people working on all aspects of the project: foundations, safety, environment, communication, operation and maintenance, financial engineering, legal... All this at various hierarchical levels and, to top it all off, in an enriching multicultural environment.
All this with the objective of commissioning one of the first two French offshore wind farms! It is an exceptional human and industrial adventure.

If you had to describe your mission in 3 words?

In my mission I rely on :

  • Experience, which allows me to anticipate
  • Curiosity, essential to decipher each other's problems
  • A certain perseverance, necessary in this type of long-term project

Why did you get involved in the
Renewable Marine Energy sector?

I chose this sector out of conviction.
Renewable energies, whether on land or at sea, are the most sustainable: they use little mineral or water. The energy spent to bring them into service is offset in a few months. The waste they generate can be recycled and their greenhouse gas emissions are minimal. Their impact on biodiversity is limited and controlled, even positive (for example, by fighting climate change, renewable energies preserve biodiversity from the collapse it causes).


Women's rights: the fight against inequality

The fight against inequality is a real challenge for society and one that continues to be fought.

For over 40 years, the United Nations has placed this cause at the heart of its sustainable development goals, stating that " Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, it is also a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world".

In order to be aware of the key figures surrounding this issue, a review is carried out each year to monitor progress in this fight, as well as the challenges that remain, on a global scale.

As a reminder

Notable advances in recent decades include

  • More girls in school
  • Fewer girls forced into early marriage
  • More women in leadership positions and in parliament
  • Laws and reforms to advance gender equality

Despite these advances, many challenges remain:

  • Persistent discriminatory laws and social norms
  • The under-representation of women at all levels of political power
  • The rate of women who have experienced physical or sexual violence

Together, let's continue to fight against inequalities.