Senior Associate, Scope 2, Greenhouse Gas Protocol

Published 15 August 2023
Location London, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Category Fixed-term  
Job Type Associate  


The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is the premier global, CEO-led community of over 200 of the world’s leading sustainable businesses working collectively to accelerate the system transformations needed for a net zero, nature-positive and more equitable future.

We share a vision of a world in which more than 9 billion people are able to live well, within planetary boundaries, by 2050. To achieve this vision, we must collectively accelerate the required transformation of businesses, their value chains, and the systems in which they operate to limit the impact of the climate crisis, restore nature and tackle inequality.

How our community works

Our community leads positive change through our imperatives work by building the infrastructure of a better world through climate, nature and equity action. In our distinct pathways, we outline the critical transitions required in some of the significant areas of business activity to profoundly shift the systems we work in and transform them towards a better future. Together we succeed when our collective effort is rewarded through a lower cost of capital, which is the scope of our redefining value work; helping companies measure and manage risk, gain competitive advantage and seize new opportunities by understanding environmental, social and governance (ESG) information.

WBCSD’s contribution

WBCSD stimulates progress by ideating & level-setting new best practices and trends from different expertise & sectors. By improving performance, we enable standards and protocols supported by tools and technology to solidify businesses’ sustainability competence. We build partnerships by bringing together members and external partners to create coalitions and partnerships and build scale into change. Finally, we drive the policy agenda by amplifying the voice of positive business and shaping policies collaboratively to transform the systems we work in.

Our work aims to empower business leaders to raise their ambition to achieve a better world, deliver action at speed and scale in their operations and value chains, and sharpen the accountability of their performance.

About the Greenhouse Gas Protocol

The Greenhouse Gas Protocol is the world’s leading authority and international standard setter on corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions accounting. Over 92% of Fortune 500 companies that report emissions data to CDP use the GHG Protocol to do so. Building on a 20-year partnership between World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), GHG Protocol works with governments, industry associations, NGOs, businesses and other organizations. In 2016, 92% of Fortune 500 companies responding to the CDP used GHG Protocol to account for their emissions. The GHG Protocol also provides standards, tools and online training to help countries and cities track progress towards their climate goals.

Job Overview

As the Scope 2 Senior Associate, you will help manage the process to update and revise the Greenhouse Gas Protocol scope 2 standards. The scope of updates and additional guidance dependent on needs identified through a recent global scoping survey. You will work as part of a dynamic Greenhouse Gas Protocol team and support the work of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol more generally as needs arise.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Scope 2 standards updates and additional guidance
    • Working with global stakeholders and the GHG Protocol team, help identify and define the need, scope, and potential approaches to update the GHG Protocol Scope 2 standards building on results from global scoping survey completed in March 2023.
    • Help facilitate GHG Protocol’s technical working group process, engaging a wide range of stakeholders from business, government, civil society, and academia as part of global multi-stakeholder process to develop consensus-based solutions.
    • Draft updates or new standards and guidance on corporate GHG accounting and reporting, as well as presentations, issue briefs, proposals, or other materials as needed as part of the guidance development process
    • Communicate with global stakeholders on scope 2 related topics to support transparency, identify priority topics and proposed solutions for consideration within future updates or new standards for Scope 2.
  • Promote effective adoption and use of the GHG Protocol by businesses, standard setters, and other organizations
    • Research and track major regulatory and voluntary sustainability, climate disclosure, target setting, etc. standards (e.g., EU CSRD, ISSB, US SEC, SBTi, net zero programs, etc.)
    • Collaborate with regulatory and voluntary sustainability and climate disclosure standard setters, reporting companies, and investors to help inform harmonization, alignment, and interoperability as appropriate between the GHG Protocol and accounting rules and programs under development.
  • Project Operations
    • Respond to inquiries and Support the Scope 2 Senior Manager with other duties as assigned, perform special short- and long-range assignments/projects as directed.

Qualifications Skills and Experience

  • Education: Master’s degree preferred in environmental science, environmental policy, or a related field.
  • Experience: 5+ years full-time relevant work experience in greenhouse gas accounting, electric power sector, financial accounting, climate change mitigation, or related field.
  • Skills:
    • Technical knowledge: familiarity and knowledge of Greenhouse Gas Protocol standards, corporate GHG accounting and reporting, life cycle assessment (LCA), financial accounting and reporting, or related subjects as well as familiarity with the electric power sector.
  • Project management: Takes responsibility for projects, actions and people. 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).
    • 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
  • Languages:  written and spoken proficiency in English.

WBCSD is hiring for this position. The individual will be seconded into the virtual GHG P Center, hosted by WRI and WBCSD.

The position is full-time for an initial period of 2 years and is based in either WBCSD’s Amsterdam or London offices and may require international travel.

WBCSD is a purpose driven, forward-thinking and action-oriented organization, characterised 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 Amsterdam, Beijing, London, New York and Singapore
  • 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

By applying to this position, the candidates consent that the information they provide (e.g. personal information, cover letter, CV) will be shared with WRI.
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