Environmental Defense Fund: Carbon Pricing Analytics Fellow

Apply here. (Applications due Friday, January 25, 2019)

Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply for this position.

Website: www.edf.org

Location: New York, NY or Boston, MA

Fellowship Position

Position title: Carbon Pricing Analytics Fellow

Department: Climate

Reports to: Chief Natural Resource Economist

Address of fellowship placement: New York (257 Park Ave South, New York, NY 10010) or Boston (18 Tremont Street Suite 850 Boston, MA 02108)

Department Description

With world attention focused on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. The Climate program works to promote ambitious, well-designed market-based climate policies around the world, including at the state and federal level in the United States; in the EU, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, and India; and in international forums including the United Nations climate talks and the International Civil Aviation Organization. The Climate program also works to promote market-policies to address emissions from tropical deforestation; to put India on a low emissions development path; as well as to help develop a national carbon market in China in partnership with EDF’s China program.

Position Description

Under its strategic plan, Pathways 2025, EDF’s climate goals include having half of all global carbon dioxide emissions on track for coverage by durable, declining limits achieved with a carbon price by 2030. By harnessing markets to drive down emissions, carbon markets and other pricing approaches can build the ambition needed to turn the corner toward climate safety. The good news is that carbon pricing is gaining momentum around the world: over 50 jurisdictions (home to nearly one billion people) are implementing emission trading programs, and several others are pursuing carbon taxes. Ninety countries identified using markets/carbon pricing as a means to achieve the targets they agreed to during the international climate conference in Paris at the end of last year. 
The High Meadows Carbon Pricing Analytics Fellow will help to launch and develop a new Carbon Market Design Center that help drive action to address global climate change by supporting analysis, policy outreach, and capacity development on the design and implementation of market-based climate policies. This Center will provide advocates, policy makers and investors with tools and analysis for more effective decision making on carbon pricing. As part of this work, the Fellow will contribute to economic research aimed at helping design and implement well-designed carbon market policies in US, China and/or other major emitting countries and sectors, such as international aviation. The Fellow will contribute to a variety of research outputs including peer-reviewed papers and presentations and gain experience on how economic analysis and modeling can influence policy development and business strategies in US and other countries. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to supporting policy outreach and training efforts. This includes using and helping to enhance EDF’s carbon market simulation tool CarbonSim and developing capacity-building materials such as potentially an updated emissions of a widely used handbook on carbon market design coauthored by EDF. 

EDF’s policy priorities together with the Fellow’s experience, skills and interests will shape the Fellow’s individual work program. This position provides a Fellow with a strong interest in environmental policy, economics and/or finance with an opportunity to develop deep subject expertise and to participate in the early stages of a pioneering effort to support development of carbon pricing worldwide. The Fellow will gain technical skills and practical knowledge working closely with EDF economists and other experts at the interface of environmental economics research and international climate policy development. In particular, the Fellow will work with a dynamic team of economists and legal, policy and finance experts in a new Carbon Market Design Center under development within EDF’s Climate program. The Fellow will work closely with Chief Natural Resource Economist and with economic modelers and policy experts across the Climate, Energy and China programs, as well as Office of the Chief Economist. The Fellow will also have opportunity to collaborate with EDF experts and external research partners, including at the University of Wisconsin, Tsinghua University, and Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics. 

To manage the Fellow’s workflow, Ruben or the primary manager will establish standing weekly meetings and will have an open-door policy on an ongoing basis. The primary manager will help facilitate engagement with the broader team within the Climate program working on carbon markets in order to facilitate professional development opportunities.

Examples of specific responsibilities, projects, tasks, and/or duties of the Fellow include:

Key responsibilities and tasks will include but are not limited to: 

  • Contributing to development of innovative quantitative modeling tools and analyses of alternative carbon pricing policy scenarios and policy designs, including studying the potential for linking different sectors and trading systems together.
  • Compiling and sharing lessons learned from practical experiences with key carbon pricing policy design choices under the Kyoto Protocol, EU ETS, California, China, Korea, and other carbon market jurisdictions to assemble and evaluate the evidence base on the performance of carbon markets and carbon market linkages to date. 
  • Helping synthesize research findings and to prepare policy briefs, case studies, and reports on carbon pricing approaches and markets information to educate policy makers, investors, regulated companies, and civil society advocates on market developments and key policy design issues.
  • Assisting in the development of web content and presentations for carbon markets audiences.
  • Supporting capacity-building activities with EDF’s interactive carbon markets simulation tool, helping to update the tool, and develop analyses based on the tool. 
  • Attending external meetings and seminars on carbon pricing policy and finance issues.

Qualifications

  • BA/BS in Economics, Finance, Statistics, Computer Science, Environmental Policy or other field with strong economics or quantitative background.
  • Experience and coursework with economic or other quantitative analysis.
  • Experience working with data in Excel and/or other software
  • Demonstrated interest in environmental policy and research.
  • Excellent research and analytical skills and an interest in performing rigorous analysis in support of highly visible work, bridging the worlds of advocacy and academia.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Must be well organized, motivated, and detail-oriented.
  • Ability to work well with diverse colleagues in fast-paced environment
  • Foreign language skills are highly desirable.

Professional Development

EDF provides a collegial environment where a young professional’s career development is nurtured not just by their direct supervisor but by many colleagues inside and outside of the fellow’s direct program as well as through interactions with outside experts and stakeholders. In particular, the fellow will have opportunities to grow professionally by, for example:

  • Interacting and learning from specialists in a range of fields (PhD economists, biologists, and anthropologists; lawyers; finance experts; and policy and technical experts) who are working at the forefront of environmental policy and advocacy. 
  • Developing an international perspective by working in-depth on multiple regions of the world and at the intersection of economics, science, policy, and business.
  • Participating in meetings with US and foreign-government officials and with US and international NGO and business representatives.
  • Attending academic and think-tank conferences on relevant issues.
  • Attending staff briefings and brown-bags presented by staff from across EDF’s programs.
  • Serving as co-author (or if appropriate lead author) on online materials, policy briefs, as well as papers submitted to professional publications and/or EDF reports.