EnergyVille is a collaboration between the Belgian research partners VITO, KU Leuven, imec and UHasselt in the fields of sustainable energy and intelligent energy systems. For EnergyVille, VITO is looking for a driven Energy and Climate Policy Expert with a strong economic and statistical skills set.
You will be part of the team that focuses on the monitoring and evaluation of European energy and climate mitigation policies. We support European, national and regional policy makers in the field of climate mitigation, energy efficiency and renewable energy. We do this based on scientifically founded assessments of the economic, ecological and social impact of policy measures and strategic decisions.
Together with your colleagues, you will develop and use economic appraisal methods to support the evaluation of energy and climate policies by quantifying environmental and economic effects. Interested to contribute? Read on!
- You will use different quantitative methods and statistical approaches to support, for example, stochastic cost-benefit analysis of countries’ energy and climate policies, as well as estimating the impacts of these policies on greenhouse gas emissions.
- You will interact with stakeholders and policy makers to collect viewpoints on, for example, barriers and enablers in the policy landscape of energy efficiency, renewable energy and climate mitigation policy.
- You will prepare descriptive and analytical reports, translating the outcome of your analytical work into concrete policy recommendations.
- You can be asked to present your work to clients, stakeholders, and also to peers on national and international fora.
- You convert the knowledge you have gained into tools and methods applicable in research projects and consultancy for public authorities.
Examples of projects
In the project PATTERN, we develop an interactive online platform for the economic appraisal of climate mitigation and environmental policies and measures for policy and decision-makers, stakeholders and the public. To reach this objective, the project will develop an operational integrated economic appraisal approach, deliver guidelines, build an effective participatory process and a European Community of Practice for climate and environmental policymaking, and create a One-Stop-Shop for all policy and decision-makers to access and use the project results easily.
In the European Topic Centre for Climate Change Mitigation of the European Environment Agency, we are responsible for overall project management and we contribute to several specific tasks. In one task we quantify how the increase in renewable energy sources contribute to changing emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants. This quantification is done starting from statistics from Eurostat and other statistical sources. The results are published annually in an online web-report on the EEA website.
- A solid experience in economic analysis and appraisal, impact assessment, evaluation and/or cost benefit analysis of policies.
- You have experience with Microsoft (Excel, Access, VBA) and programming languages for statistical computing and visualisation, such as R and Python.
- Good understanding of European policy-making process in the context of EU Energy Union (Renewable energy and Energy efficiency), the Green Deal and the international climate negotiations. Experience with working on assignments for the European Commission is of added value.
- A Ph.D. in economic sciences, mathematics, statistics or related fields, or a minimum of 3 years of research experience in environmental economics or similar subjects.
- Strong research skills and strong methodological credentials.
- Our working language is English. Knowledge of Dutch is an major advantage.
Are you eager to help evaluate energy and climate policies? Are you motivated to further develop your statistical and data handling skills? Would you describe yourself as someone with an eye for detail? Then do not hesitate and take your chance!
- You have real impact as you look for innovative solutions for today's challenges.
- You are supported by helpful colleagues that are eager to share their expertise in the field.
- You will be part of an organization where we show integrity and always strive for mutual benefit in close cooperation with all parties involved.
- VITO/EnergyVille is an international organisation: 40 different nationalities work with us.
- We work ‘activity based’: our activities determine our workplace. On average we meet 2 times a week in our office in Genk. For the other days you can work from home, Genk or work remotely at one of our satellite offices (for example Antwerpen-Berchem) depending on the needs of the activity.
- You will learn life-long and develop your skills further by using the newest of the latest technologies that you can test on the market yourself.
- We consider work-life balance to be of paramount importance at VITO. We are open to discuss your needs at any time and we have a flexible approach to finding solutions.