SEO – Analyst: Fuel Supply - Ref: 4354
Climate Change Committee
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The Climate Change Committee is the independent expert statutory adviser to Parliament and the UK Government on climate change policy. It was created as a key part of the long-term legal framework set out in the Climate Change Act (2008). The Act sets a long-term Net Zero target for 2050 and requires that carbon budgets (five-year caps on emissions) are set on a path towards the long-term target.
The CCC has established itself as a high-profile, high-impact expert body in the analysis of climate change mitigation and adaptation. Its reports can be accessed from the CCC’s website: www.theccc.org.uk
The CCC is comprised of a Board (‘the Committee’) and an analytical secretariat. The Committee has a distinguished membership of leading experts from the fields of climate change, science, engineering and economics: www.theccc.org.uk/about-the-ccc/the-committee. The Committee is supported by a Secretariat of around 30 economists, operational researchers, scientists and other analysts.
It was the first body of its kind in the world and brings together different strands of expertise from its members, from government, the research community and business. It draws on existing information and undertakes its own analysis to provide expert advice to Ministers and to Parliament. It is required to give advice to Ministers on climate change matters covered by the Climate Change Act and on an ad-hoc basis as and when requested.
The post-holder will be the lead analysis with responsibility for fuel supply, which covers a wide range of areas, interacting with analysts on manufacturing, electricity generation, greenhouse gas removals and a range of energy end-use sectors (e.g. buildings, transport).
This requires the ability to analyse a range of processes and sectors, but also understand the interactions between sectors and assess appropriate methodologies and be able to draw high-level conclusions (e.g. hierarchies of priority).
This role enables the CCC to assess progress and recommend policy on a range of fuel supply issues in the transition from a fossil-fuel-based energy system to one compatible with Net Zero. This area cuts across energy supply, and interacts significantly with end-use energy sectors, such as aviation. The role provides the basis for the CCC to be able to cut through the wide range of potential decarbonisation solutions to those that offer the biggest strategic opportunities on the path to Net Zero.
Responsibilities will include:
- Assessing the UK’s progress in reducing emissions from fossil fuel supply, and in establishing low-carbon fuel supplies, for the Committee’s annual report to Parliament. This will involve developing indicators against which to measure progress.
- Determining recommended pathways for the fuel supply sector to contribute to carbon budgets and the Net Zero target. This includes analysing the economic costs and benefits of the range of options to reduce emissions, as well as assessing the technical and behavioural barriers to progress.
- Developing policy recommendations and presenting to the Committee, to enable them to make recommendations to Government.
- Maintaining close working relationships with external stakeholders from industry, government, academia and third-sector organisations, to help inform the Committee’s work, ensure its quality and improve its impact.
Over the next year, as part of our scrutiny of Government strategy and policy we expect to review the Government’s Hydrogen Production Strategy and Biomass Strategy (both expected prior to the CCC’s annual progress report in summer 2023). We would also like to undertake further work on the implications of very high gas prices for the appropriate balance of hydrogen produced in different ways, including consideration of imports of non-fossil hydrogen.
The Committee’s annual progress report to Parliament in June 2023 will assess policy progress and will also present the CCC’s revamped set of indicators to track progress in the fuel supply sector.
There will also be the potential to work across the team, as part of our work on a number of ‘themes’ (e.g. who pays for and benefits from the transition).
The role will be line-managed by the team leader (G6) covering energy supply and will work closely with the lead analysts for electricity generation and for industrial decarbonisation on different aspects of fuel supply.
The role will be suited to someone with excellent analytical and communication (both written and verbal) skills, who manages their time well, and enjoys thinking about decarbonisation pathways and policy design. You will be expected to work flexibly with other CCC analysts and work to tight deadlines, within a supportive team environment.
The CCC has affiliation with the Government’s analytical progressions: GES, GORS, GSS, or GSR, and it is possible for analysts to maintain these memberships at the CCC. If you are a member of one of these professions, please ensure that you indicate this in your application.
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Delivering at Pace
- Communicating and Influencing
- Making Effective Decisions
- Working Together
We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
- Specialist analytical skills Apply appropriate quantitative analytical tools and techniques, and synthesise evidence from a range of sources, as appropriate. Assess the reliability and relevance of evidence and give objective evidence-based advice. Qua
- Learning and development tailored to your role
- An environment with flexible working options
- A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
- A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%
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