|Published||21 December 2021|
Application Deadline: 25 January 2022
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is a global, CEO-led organization of over 200 leading businesses working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. We help make our member companies more successful and sustainable by focusing on the maximum positive impact for shareholders, the environment and societies.
Our member companies come from all business sectors and all major economies, representing combined revenues of more than USD $8.5 trillion and 19 million employees. Our global network of almost 70 national business councils gives our members unparalleled reach across the globe. Since 1995, WBCSD has been uniquely positioned to work with member companies along and across value chains to deliver impactful business solutions to the most challenging sustainability issues.
Together, we are the leading voice of business for sustainability: with a vision of a world where more than nine billion people are all living well and within the boundaries of our planet, by 2050.
Recent reports by IPCC and IEA indicate that it is practically impossible to limit global temperature rise to 1.5C without the use of CCSR. Most Net Zero commitments incorporate an element of GHG removal from natural or engineered solutions - for hard-to-abate sectors, removal accounts for up to 35 percent of the modelled solution pathways to Net Zero. Natural climate solutions, as a GHG removal option, are developing rapidly, with clear taxonomy, strong demand and supply criteria, large corporate commitment volumes and new market structures. However, the role of engineered removals is much less developed. The technology is proven and operating but with a 2020 CO2 sequestration capacity of only 40 Mtpa (a tenth of 1% of current emissions), the CCSR system needs to scaled-up 100 times by 2050. Carbon capture technologies and permanent carbon sequestration are hampered by cost, a lack of targeted policy support, no taxonomy to provide clarity on removal quality or permanence and a narrative of moral hazard that is completely at odds with the speed and scale of the climate action imperative – the latest IPCC report made it clear that there is a global need to capture and sequester 1 Gt of CO2 p.a. by 2030 and 4 Gt p.a. by 2050.
The Carbon, Capture, Storage and Removals (CCSR) project will be a cornerstone of WBCSD’s climate and energy activities and is expected to significantly contribute to the deployment of CCSR at scale as an integral part of the climate recovery pathway.
The project exists to identify and remove the barriers preventing the required orders-of-magnitude scale-up in adoption. Initial barriers revolve around taxonomy, cost and policy.
This project will build upon WBCSD’s strong corporate membership that is committed to being part of the climate solution. It will draw upon its experience with greenhouse gas protocol and natural climate solutions work. Importantly, the project will be supported by WBCSD’s partners in climate related international organizations, academia, policy and CDR advocates globally.
Responsibilities and duties
Expected project objectives for 2022 include:
- Co-create a new descriptive taxonomy that clarifies quality and duration of carbon capture and sequestration and work to ensure widespread adoption of measurement and standards
- Map barriers to rapid scale up of CCS and Removals and identify solutions.
- Identify best practise/lowest cost policy and public support for CCS and CDR scale up and use our collective influence to accelerate their introduction.
- Accelerate commitments to scale up carbon capture and removals among WBSCD members and work to include standard reporting metrics for CDR in corporate climate reporting frameworks.
- Map the cost and scale up potential of emerging CDR technologies
- Capitalise on our NCS voluntary market development experience to ensure finance for CDR can also be accessed through carbon trading markets
- Help build broader recognition of the need for and opportunity from CCS and CDR
Project management responsibilities will include
- Project scoping. Understanding of member needs, of the energy market, of stakeholders
- Project management: Planning and organizing, defining clear objectives, deadlines and milestones, resource and budget management, performance management
- Knowledge management: sharing of best practice and knowledge, creation of insight
- Policy development: developed from project knowledge and insight creation
- Communication management: project communication plan to be developed and managed with the climate and energy communication team
- Stakeholder management and collaboration: Projects are managed engaging additional stakeholders from both within WBCSD and external stakeholders
Background and experience:
- University degree level education
- 7-9 years’ professional experience gained in a relevant CCSR setting (energy company, energy consultancy, energy-intensive /heavy industry)
Knowledge and expertise:
- Strong understanding of carbon capture, storage and removal
- Facilitation and stakeholder engagement: Evidence of successfully aligning different stakeholders and the ability to create effective relationships with new partners or stakeholders. Capacity to be assertive and take initiative when appropriate.
- Project management: Evidence of successful project management and effective facilitation of different perspectives towards a common objective. Capacity to work independently by setting priorities within own work streams, identify and proactively address problems and work to deadlines. Experience of working on an international basis (e.g. to deal with different languages, time zones and cultural expectations).
- Communication: Engaging communicator both in person and in writing, ability to adjust style of communication to suit audience (e.g. present technical topics to a non-technical audience).
- Teamwork: Evidence of successfully working across teams and diverse interest groups, good team spirit and the ability to contribute to, and work effectively in teams of partners /stakeholders. Ability to build, nurture, and work effectively in across different functions and cultures within the organization.
- Multi-Tasking: Ability to manage own projects and ad hoc demands simultaneously, set priorities, effectively utilize available resources, identify and address problems, and meet deadlines.
- Language skills: Fluency in English (written and spoken) is critical, fluency in additional languages is an advantage.
The position is full-time and expected to be based in Geneva Switzerland but will also require international travel. In exceptional circumstances, being based in our other WBCSD offices can be considered
WBCSD is a purpose driven, forward-thinking and action-oriented organization, characterized by diversity of gender, nationalities and work experiences.
THE WORK ENVIRONMENT:
WBCSD offers a competitive, modern, and flexible working arrangement:
- Geneva-based organization with offices in London, New Delhi, Singapore and New York City
- Competitive compensation and benefits
- State-of-the-art facilities and ICT-enabled working tools
- Flex-time and part-time possibilities
- Dynamic working atmosphere
- Open culture encouraging interaction and sharing of ideas and opinions
- International relocation support
- Sustainable commuting incentives