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Intern, Governance & Programme Office (Brussels)

The European Climate Foundation is seeking an intern to work on EU climate and energy governance and the EU’s 2030 climate and energy policy framework. The internship will be based in Brussels and will last for six months.

The European Climate Foundation was established in 2008 as a major philanthropic initiative to promote climate and energy policies that greatly reduce Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions and to help Europe play a stronger international leadership role to mitigate climate change. The ECF is funded by major multi-year commitments from donors in Europe and the United States. The ECF is part of the international ClimateWorks Network that shares goals, strategies and resources to address the global challenge of climate change mitigation with a global network of aligned organizations.

The ECF team is a highly dynamic group of individuals, combining ambition and passion with a rigorous, results-oriented and analytic approach to work. The ECF’s culture is one of intensity, enthusiasm and mutual support.

The Intern Governance & Programme Office will be reporting to the Senior Associate for Governance.

Governance cluster: The ECF governance cluster is focused on the governance of the EU’s 2030 policy framework and of the Energy Union.

Programme Office: The ECF Programme Office aims to provide coordination between the sectoral programmes and cross-cutting initiatives (“clusters”), to ensure development and execution of a coherent strategy, and to alert senior management to programmatic gaps in the coverage of the EU policy debate.

Duties and responsibilities: The intern would primarily support the activities of the Governance cluster and, as needed, the Programme Office. The role involves:

  • Analysis and research on EU law and governance on a wide range of matters relating to climate and energy policy
  • Administrative work related to grant making and grant management (using Fluxx and PARL, the organisation’s internal grant management systems)
  • Monitoring EU climate and energy policy, particularly relating to governance and law, and reporting on new developments
  • Monitoring, attending, and reporting on events in Brussels that are relevant to the work of the ECF and its grantees
  • Research tasks related to diverse topics on EU climate and energy policy, as needed
  • Helping with the organisation of meetings and events
  • Helping to manage a broad network of stakeholders in different countries following the 2030 debate
  • Drafting and circulating a monthly newsletter with campaign updates and an overview of recent climate and energy related publications
  • In a rotation scheme with other interns, providing Daily News updates to all staff.

Competencies and experience: The following qualifications and personal attitudes are required for this position:

  • An academic background (to primary degree level at least) in one of the following fields: law, environmental science, public policy especially related to climate or energy policy
  • An understanding of and interest in EU climate and energy policies
  • A minimum of one professional experience (this could include paid or voluntary part-time work or university summer work placements) in an area relevant to the work of the European Climate Foundation
  • Demonstrated interest in the mission and values of the European Climate Foundation
  • Fluent written and spoken English
  • Excellent organisational and time-management skills
  • Demonstrated research skills
  • Proven ability to work well under pressure, take initiative and be a creative problem-solver
  • Strong administrative and computer skills including the Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, Excel) 

The following attributes are desirable but not essential for this position:

  • An interest in philanthropy
  • Language skills (particularly French and German)
  • Experience working or studying in an international environment
  • Familiarity with Macintosh computers and operating system
  • Experience of drafting documents that communicate complex subjects to a general audience

Location: Brussels

Start date: 4 January 2016, or as soon as possible

Compensation: Competitive

To apply: Please send your CV and cover letter in English to Please indicate “Recruitment – PO and governance internship” in the subject line. Candidates must be in the possession of a valid work permit for Belgium, in case applicable.

Telephone calls will not be forwarded to the recruitment team. Due to the high number of applications, only short listed candidates will be contacted.

 Application deadline: 29 November 2015

An Assessment of the EU Energy Union 2015

An Assessment of the EU Energy Union 2015

The Energy Union is a new European project aiming to leverage the power of concerted EU action to address new energy challenges. The project has a major potential to reduce the costs and risks of Europe’s long term energy transition in line with The ECF and European Commission Roadmap 2050 findings.

EU Energy Union Assessment PicOn November 18th, the European Commission published a report on the State of the EU Energy Union. This is the first in a new annual tradition from the European Commission to assess progress towards the stated objective of a resilient Energy Union with a forward-looking climate policy.

Two of the ECF’s closest partners, CISL (Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership) and E3G (Third Generation Environmentalism) launched a new report that brings the perspective of progressive business and thought-leaders on progress so far and priorities for the next years. The report concludes that, if implemented, the EU Energy Union project is Europe’s chance to stay competitive and secure in a changing global energy landscape. Hence, the report gives a performance grade  ‘A’ for the potential of the project. Realising that, however, relies on thorough implementation of the vision in the next years. The report finds that further action is needed on clarity of investment signals, on consistency of implementation, on integrating energy with finance and digital agendas, and in transitioning out of polluting and inefficient coal power. The organisations, therefore, find the Energy Union project currently achieves a Performance Grade ‘C’.

The full report can be downloaded here and the infographic here.

Launch of the Polish Energy Price Monitor

Launch of the Polish Energy Price Monitor

Following the success of the monthly Energy Price Monitor observing and analysing the development of consumer prices of energy in Germany, the European Climate Foundation launched the Energy Price Monitor for Poland this week. The Polish version is published in cooperation with the Warsaw Institute for Economic Studies (WISE) on the institute’s website. The Polish Energy Price Monitor will be released on a monthly basis.

Polish Energy Price Monitor of October 2015

Energy prices for Polish consumers lowest in years


  • Energy prices in Poland fell to the lowest level since March 2011
  • Regulator’s decision led to the largest monthly drop in gas prices since January 2013
  • Prices for solid fuels and heat energy have slightly increased
  • Warsaw – The second dip in global fuel prices increasingly affects Polish energy bills. The energy price decline accelerated from 0.9% in August to 2.1% in September, driven by transport fuels and gas. This is the second largest monthly drop of energy price index since 2010, eclipsed only by the February downswing which occurred in the similar global energy market conditions. Energy prices are now the lowest since March 2011.
DDPP Shows the Feasibility of Deep Decarbonisation

DDPP Shows the Feasibility of Deep Decarbonisation

Study lends scientific support to calls for more ambitious climate action.

PARIS  With an important United Nations climate change meeting approaching later this year in Paris, a new study from an international research consortium argues that deeply reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is technically and economically feasible in the world’s largest economies and major developing countries. The report from the Deep Decarbonisation Pathways Project (DDPP), a collaboration among research teams from 16 of the highest emitting countries, lends scientific support to calls for more action to prevent dangerous climate change in the run-up to the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP-21) of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change this December.

The study includes reports on each of the countries represented by DDPP research teams – Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States – describing country-specific strategies for transitioning to a low carbon economy.

The project is co-funded by the European Climate Foundation.

Please visit DDPP here.

Please download the executive summary here.

High Potential Seen for Waste-Based Biofuels

High Potential Seen for Waste-Based Biofuels

WASTED final High Res front coverHigh Potential Seen for Waste-Based Biofuels

Europe has a significant untapped potential for converting wastes from farming, forestry, industry and households to advanced low-carbon biofuels, but only if it sets a strong sustainability framework and ambitious decarbonisation targets for transport fuels in 2030, finds a new report entitled “Wasted: Europe’s Untapped Resource.

The project, supported by a coalition of technology innovators and green NGOs, was convened by the ECF. The study found that if all sustainable waste from farms, forests, households and industry were used for transport fuels, there could be sufficient fuel to displace about 37 million tonnes of oil annually by 2030. To put this in context, this technical potential would be equal to 16 per cent of road transport fuel demand in 2030.

“Even when taking account of possible indirect emissions, alternative fuels from wastes and residues offer real and substantial carbon savings,” said Chris Malins who led the analysis for the International Council on Clean Transportation. “The resource is available, and the technology exists – the challenge now is for Europe to put a policy framework in place that allows rapid investment.”

The full report can be downloaded here.

Sharon Turner Appointed Executive Director for Governance and Law at the ECF

Brussels/London: The European Climate Foundation (ECF), a leading philanthropic organisation with the aim of promoting the transition to a low-carbon economy, is pleased to announce the appointment of Sharon Turner as its new Executive Director for Governance and Law.

An expert in environmental law and governance and a qualified Barrister, Sharon Turner was Director of the Climate & Energy Programme at environmental law organisation ClientEarth in London before joining the ECF.

Sharon Turner was previously Professor of Environmental Law at Queen’s University Belfast, where she worked for 25 years. During this time, she was seconded to the Department of the Environment in Northern Ireland, where Sharon Turner acted as the Department’s senior legal advisor on the environment for two years. She is Visiting Professor at University College London and the University of Sussex.

In her new role at the ECF, Sharon Turner will lead the organisation’s work on energy and climate governance and law. An immediate focus will be the ongoing efforts to help define a transparent and feasible governance system for the Energy Union in order to ensure proper implementation of the EU’s domestic and international obligations for climate and energy.

Johannes Meier, CEO of the ECF, said: “Europe’s Energy Union can only be successful if its legal framework provides a clear and realistic pathway towards a single, low-carbon EU energy market. Due to her extensive experience both as a private sector and government legal consultant and as an outstanding academic in the field, Sharon Turner is perfectly positioned to drive the ECF’s work on governance. We are delighted to welcome Sharon to the Executive Management Team and look forward to working with her.”


Nimali Samarasinha

Media Manager, European Climate Foundation


Phone: +32 (0) 2 894 9304

Mobile: +32 (0) 492 65 74 28

Caio Koch-Weser Presents Most Recent New Climate Economy Findings in Israel

The Chair of the ECF Supervisory Board speaks at the Conference on Sustainable Innovation – Towards the UN Convention on Climate Change

The governments of Israel and Germany held a conference on sustainable development and innovation in Tel Aviv, Israel on 14 July. Caio Koch-Weser, Chair of the ECF Supervisory Board, was invited to address the conference in his capacity as a member of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate.

The Commission’s New Climate Economy (NCE) Report “Better Growth, Better Climate” was launched last year and the paradigm of the report has met with a highly positive reception. Evidence shows that decarbonisation and economic growth can go hand in hand. Thus, the report’s findings moved climate protection from cost to opportunity, and they have since begun to influence the global agenda.

The Commission’s second report “Seizing the Opportunity: Partnerships for Better Growth and a Better Climate” released on 7 July identifies a number of major trends offering new opportunities to accelerate this transition. Mr Koch-Weser first outlined the key NCE messages; second turned to promising, emerging trends showing alignment of objectives is possible; and, third, proposed a collective action agenda, which can steer the process towards a sustainable future.

Please download the NCE reports here.

What Indicators for Monitoring the Energy Transition?

What Indicators for Monitoring the Energy Transition?

DNVGLIn 2014, the European Climate Foundation commissioned DNV GL, an international certification body with expertise in technical assessment, energy and research, to look at indicators for the EU’s new 2030 governance system on climate and energy.

DNV GL finds that the initial set of indicators, presented by the European Commission in January 2014, represents a good starting point but falls short of providing a holistic view of the EU energy system and, therefore, does not appear sufficient to ensure comprehensive monitoring of targets, drivers and risks related to the transition of the EU energy system. The report therefore proposes a list of additional indicators be taken into consideration, indicators such as: (1) carbon and energy intensity ratios, (2) true energy costs (in relation to energy intensity), (3) investment climate (monitoring public and private investments), (4) a combination of indicators for energy security (beyond simple n–1 amount of suppliers), and others.

Please download the report here.

Climate Levy Can Help Germany Achieve 40% Climate Target, Says DIW Report

Climate Levy Can Help Germany Achieve 40% Climate Target, Says DIW Report

Study shows climate levy can significantly reduce CO2-emissions in the power sector by 2020

The so called “climate levy” proposed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy can significantly reduce CO2-emissions in the German power sector by 2020 and thus help meet the national 40 per cent climate target, says a new study by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), which was commissioned by the ECF and the Heinrich Böll Foundation. The report says that compared to other options, which are currently being discussed, the climate levy is the most cost-effective and efficient option and offers opportunities for the structural transition and for employment.

Please download the study here (German version only).

ECF Launches Industrial Innovation for Competitiveness

ECF Launches Industrial Innovation for Competitiveness

I24C_Logo_smallThe European Climate Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of Industrial Innovation for Competitiveness (i24c), a new initiative aimed at strengthening Europe’s industrial leadership in the new world economy, and headed by Dr Martin Porter, Executive Director i24c and a member of the ECF Executive Management Team.

As the global economy decarbonises rapidly and is transformed by technological, social and ecological mega-trends, Europe needs to adopt a more systemic and innovation-focused industrial policy to reap the benefits of this transition.

i24c will bring together economic policy-makers, new and established industrial entrepreneurs, cities and academic institutions with the aim of creating a new European industrial compact, a joint vision for a competitive European industry as well as the evidence-base and innovation pathways to achieve the transition to the new economy.

Johannes Meier, CEO of the European Climate Foundation, stresses that “only through a systemic approach to innovation in its industry will Europe be able to reap the benefits from the transition to a low-carbon economy. i24c’s work will help end the sterile debate between competitiveness and climate action which has been preventing real progress in transforming Europe’s industrial base and prosperity”.

The work of i24c will be guided by a High Level Group of respected policy-makers and industrialists such as former European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, former Director-General of the World Trade Organisation Pascal Lamy, Gary McGann, CEO of Smurfit-Kappa, Beata Stelmach, CEO Poland and the Baltics, GE and Mikko Kosonen, CEO of Sitra.

Please download the press release here.

To learn more about i24c please visit