Carbon Pulse is looking for a Climate and Energy Correspondent to help us bolster and expand our coverage of the EU ETS and other energy and environmental markets, as well as climate and energy policy at a national, EU, and international level.
Location: Brussels – home-based/remote working
Job type: Full-time
Start date: As soon as possible
Salary: Annual, competitive, and commensurate with experience
Bonus: Discretionary based on individual and company performance
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Carbon Pulse is an online, subscription-based service dedicated to providing in-depth news and intelligence about carbon pricing initiatives and climate change policies around the world. Founded in 2015 and with journalists in the UK, China, and the US, our unrivalled coverage focuses mainly on emissions trading markets and other methods of using taxes and market-based mechanisms to cut greenhouse gas output, though we also report on related environmental markets including GOs/RECs and LCFS.
The coming year promises to be a very big one for European climate and energy policy. The new Commission’s ‘moonshot’ European Green Deal is set to reshape the EU’s economy, as the bloc pursues a more ambitious emissions reduction target for 2030 and mid-century carbon neutrality – all as the UK makes its exit from Union.
The successful candidate will report to Carbon Pulse’s UK-based directors, but Brussels – and to some extent the wider EU – will be your beat. You can work from home or Carbon Pulse will pay for a co-working space, and how you divide your time between the two can be up to you.
You must be a keen self-starter with a wealth of experience and knowledge regarding the EU ETS and the climate policies of the bloc and its member states. Also key to the role are:
You will be tasked with covering EU carbon and energy markets, as well as climate change policy on international, national/federal, state/provincial, corporate, and sometimes municipal levels.
Developments related to other areas including tax policy, carbon border adjustments, international/UN-level climate negotiations, and ICAO’s CORSIA aviation offsetting scheme, will also be part of your remit, as will relevant developments outside of the EU, for example in the Middle East, Africa, and elsewhere.
You will share responsibility in covering any breaking news, as well as in writing our daily EU market reports – always reporting from an unbiased and balanced perspective. You will also play a major role in assembling our daily newsletter.
You will be required to help edit your colleagues’ copy, and to contribute in other areas including improving our online, non news-related content, plus some sales and administrative work, marketing, and conference planning. At least one evening shift per week should be expected.
Markets: You should have a basic understanding of the workings of financial markets and, in particular, the EU ETS and European energy markets. For example, at a minimum you need to know the difference between futures and options, baseload and peakload, NBP and TTF, and voluntary and compliance offset markets. This must be demonstrated in your application.
Writing ability: Strong English skills are crucial, including the ability to write coherently, while communication skills in other European languages – especially German – are seen as a very valuable trait. A background in journalism is advantageous but not essential. A lack of experience in writing articles can be compensated by top-notch knowledge of EU climate policy and European carbon and energy markets.
Networking: Our journalists are only as good as their sources, so you should have a broad network of contacts in the climate and energy space. A solid Brussels-based contact book is essential, while knowing key people in other countries and in relevant market and policy segments is also important. Carbon Pulse’s correspondents have fostered a vast network of cultivated primary and secondary sources to help us not only report the news, but also add market insight and reaction to our articles.
Analytical: You should have at least intermediate Microsoft Excel skills and be able to analyse and manipulate data, with a talent for identifying trends and converting them into stories. You may also be required to demonstrate this during the interview process.
Highly-motivated: The news and financial markets never sleep, so part of being a journalist means you’re always on call. Some days and weeks will be busier than others, with occasional long hours and weekend working required – as is the case for most reporters in Brussels. As such, you always need to be highly-motivated and ready to call contacts or quickly write breaking news. At least one evening shift per week of at most 2-3 hours should be expected. Carbon Pulse prides itself on being second-to-none and ready to go the extra mile to win a scoop or file a story, so you need to subscribe to that mentality and demonstrate it on a daily basis.
Willing to travel: This role requires travel around Europe and elsewhere in the world, mainly to industry conferences.
To apply: Email your resume, a cover letter, and a sample article of 300-500 words to firstname.lastname@example.org. The sample article can be either a piece of your previous work or a story reporting on a recent trend or historical event related to EU climate policy and/or European carbon and energy markets.
Application deadline: Jan. 31, 2020
Only candidates whose applications are being strongly considered will be contacted for interviews.
Carbon Pulse is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, nationality, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law.