Senior Manager, EU Energy (Methane / Hydrogen)

Environmental Defense Fund
1875 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 600
Washington, D.C., DC 20009
United States
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Job Description

In this position you will have a central role in expanding our work on energy transition in the EU. You will lead on advocacy to help move forward specific aspects of the EU agenda in particular on methane and hydrogen.

Methane emissions finally got attention when the science conclusively showed the importance of reducing methane emission urgently to maintain the goal of the Paris Agreement. At COP26 the EU and US launched the Global Methane Pledge, and in December 2021 the European Commission proposed legislation to address methane emissions in the energy sector.

The spotlight on methane, and its impact as a fast-acting greenhouse gas, continues to grow. Since the joint announcement of the Global Methane Pledge by the EU and the U.S. in 2021, more than 150 countries — responsible for half of global emissions and two thirds of the global economy — have endorsed the pledge to reduce global methane emissions at least 30 percent from 2020 levels by 2030.

EDF Europe works with partners to put forward pragmatic, science-based solutions that will meet Europe’s energy needs while reducing methane emissions.

Investors are spending hundreds of billions of dollars to develop “clean” or “green” hydrogen as an alternative fuel, because it emits no carbon dioxide when burned or used in a fuel cell. The EU alone is projected to produce 10 million tonnes of green hydrogen and import another 10 million tonnes by 2030.

However, research from EDF shows that transitioning to hydrogen would not be a panacea; it could either help or hurt the climate depending on how it is produced, managed and used. Hydrogen, because it is a very small molecule, has the potential to leak into the atmosphere where it acts as an indirect greenhouse gas by increasing the climate effects of other greenhouse gases. The likelihood of hydrogen leaking into the atmosphere, and the impact of these emissions, must be taken into consideration when making decisions about where and how best to deploy hydrogen.

EDF Europe is providing scientific and technical support to help policy makers and stakeholders understand how to avoid dangerous pitfalls and reap hydrogen’s potential climate benefits. These decisions will shape the energy system for decades to come.

Key Responsibilities

  • Conduct research and analysis on current state of play on energy transition related issues, especially methane and hydrogen, across the EU.
  • Engage in the day-to-day management of EDFE contracts, grants, partnership agreements.
  • Revise donor reports, timelines and milestones with all experts and partner organisations, and support the day-to-day management of these relationships.
  • Manage the day-to-day relationship with international public affairs agencies.
  • Work with complex project timelines, with multiple work streams.
  • Communicate proactively with all key internal and external stakeholders.
  • Draft high-quality memos, presentations and policy analysis on short timelines; and drafting of policy briefings and reports as required.
  • Collaborate with EDFE’s communications professionals to develop appropriate strategies for stakeholder outreach, media relations, and launches at key phases in the project lifecycle, including support with the production/update of campaign materials, as well as gaining input from colleagues and external partners as appropriate.
  • Participate in advancing EDFE diversity equity and inclusion goals in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected, included, and empowered to address the environmental and organisational challenges in alignment with organisational values.
  • Additional relevant responsibilities as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Educated to Master's or PhD level, or equivalent professional experience.
  • A proven track record of relevant experience, with approx. 6 years established career skills.
  • Experience in working on aspects of EU climate and energy policy and engaging with relevant stakeholders including the industry, NGOs, think tanks or the EU institutions.
  • Experience in the day-to-day running of projects and/or advocacy campaigns.
  • Results-oriented, flexible, and proactive with the ability to think strategically.
  • Familiarity prioritising projects and initiatives within a fast-paced, detail-oriented environment.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a leader or member of teams in a dynamic and creative environment with colleagues and partners of varied background and experience.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent analysis and problem-solving skills.
  • Proficient in developing proposals using evidence and making decisions based on professional, scientific, or technical judgments.
  • Fluent in English and have a good command of at least one other European language.
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Eligibility

This role is based in Brussels, Belgium. We support hybrid working. You must have the right to live and work in Belgium when applying.

We offer a strong total rewards package encompassing competitive salary, robust benefits, and professional development opportunities consistent with a modern global organization. We take into account factors such as candidate experience, skills, training, internal team equity and local norms.

Please note that pay ranges are country specific. As a result, the stated currency is not meant be converted into any other currency.

Employer

1875 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 600
Washington, D.C. DC 20009
United States