Clean Air Task Force (CATF) is a non-profit global organization focused on driving the change in technologies and policies needed to get to a net-zero carbon-emissions, high-energy planet at an affordable cost. CATF is highly respected for its deep expertise and research on energy and industrial systems and potential strategies, technologies, and policies that can radically shrink those systems’ impact on the planet’s atmosphere. Our team of experts and advocates (and global network of subject matter experts and civil society partners) put this research and knowledge into action by designing and enacting public policies that drive toward zero emissions. We also support policies and work directly with private industry to innovate in technology to make the path to zero emissions swift and affordable.
CATF is chartered in the US and Netherlands. CATF also operates globally through work with partners in Europe, Asia, Canada, Latin America, and in multilateral international forums. CATF is currently expanding its presence in Europe and seeks to strengthen its advocacy and analytical efforts through this hire. Current areas of focus include advancing zero-carbon fuels (ZCF, particularly hydrogen and ammonia), at scale deployment of carbon capture, removal, and storage, and pushing for public policies to rein in methane pollution from the oil and gas sector both in the EU and from oil and gas imported to the EU.
CATF is one of the leading nonprofit organizations working on carbon capture, removal, and storage policies. Among the successes of its work are the US 45Q tax credit, as well as the US Energy Act of 2020. Advocating for environmentally responsible deployment of carbon capture, removal, and storage, CATF has decided to expand its engagement on the topic in Europe to accelerate industrial decarbonization and the formation of an innovation landscape.
Learn more about our efforts here: https://www.catf.us/work/.
LOCATION: Any EU-27; eurozone preferred
The Carbon Capture Policy Director will develop and promote policy in the EU and member states to expand the role of carbon capture, removal, and storage in the decarbonization of emissions-intensive industries and other sectors, while working with the Carbon Capture Technology Director to ensure the reflection of the evolving technical and commercial relations of carbon capture, removal, and storage in evolving climate policy/net-zero emissions policy, including bridging from demonstration to deployment these technologies The Carbon Capture Policy Director will report to the CCUS Policy Innovation Director (Program co-lead and project lead). The Director will also work closely with CATF European government affairs and communications staff, other project leaders and issue experts based in Europe and the United States, and European partner organizations to help develop and execute public policy strategies in support of CATF’s program goals and objectives in the region.
Primary duties and responsibilities of this position:
- Implement and continuously refine CATF’s EU carbon capture, removal, and storage strategy, in collaboration with the carbon capture team;
- Engage with EC and EU Member State government staff to build support for CATF’s carbon capture, removal, and storage policy agenda for Europe. This includes communication of our policy platform, as well as policy examples and learnings, particularly from the US and how they have impacted technology development and deployment through:
- Initiative, design, and implementation of targeted campaigns to change policies on EU and member level;
- Policymaker education on the EU and member level;
- Mapping and understanding stakeholders (NGO, unions, companies) positions, as well as outreach and educational meetings, including designing pathways for collaboration and partnerships;
- Educating media and designing new narratives showing that carbon capture, removal, and storage is real and has positive community impacts.
- Track key public, policy, and private efforts to deploy carbon capture, removal, and storage in Europe, with special attention paid to lessons that can be applied to carbon capture, removal, and storage deployment efforts in other global energy markets;
- Track policy development and policy intervention opportunities and maintain a wide network of and close contact with policymakers and policy influencers in the space, expand CATF’s reach to these audiences on carbon capture, removal, and storage in Europe;
- Identify and understand knowledge and research gaps, and address them, working together with the Carbon Capture Technology Director, through fact-based communications efforts through various fora including events, roundtables, briefings, and multimedia communications;
- Collaborate with other eNGOs, industry, and other stakeholders in both policy agenda development, EU and EU Member State engagement, and external communications:
- Convene stakeholder and coalition campaigns, take initiative to launch campaigns with partners;
- Initiate and design creative communications efforts to translate technical aspects of carbon capture, removal, and storage to wide policy-oriented audiences.
- Ensure key and regular communication of EU lessons to the rest of the global team, including as relevant to other regions such as the US, Middle East, and China;
- Communicate with external audiences in support of the carbon capture, removal, and storage policy agenda, including media appearances and statements, public speaking and presentations in stakeholder forums, and targeted written communications including blogs, factsheets, and social media posts;
- Collaborate with CATF government affairs and communications teamwork on proactive announcements and reactive statements, writing and/or editing comment letters, fact sheets, and other material for advocacy meetings, and providing input on press statements, press releases, blogs, and other written material for distribution to news media and/or posting on CATF website.
- Advanced degree, Masters on higher eduction with relevant succesful professional experience in government, industry, and/or civil society organizations, including management responsibility and industry experience;
- Background in carbon capture, removal, and storage either in the commercial or research area, preferably in the EU, globally a plus;
- Mission-driven and dedicated towards CATF’s broader mission of advancing climate solutions;
- Capable of working and collaborating in a virtual office environment; willingness to travel extensively;
- Entrepreneurial and self-starting/self-management approach to work requiring minimal supervision;
- English proficiency, other European language skills a plus.
Please send resume and cover letter. We will review applications on a rolling basis. Be prepared to provide references upon request.
CATF provides equal employment opportunities.
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