Energy Consultant

The Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit is seeking to commission a consultant, experienced in various aspects of the energy system, for a short term project to develop a better understanding of heat decarbonisation in the UK.

Decarbonising domestic heat is not only one of the trickiest aspects of reaching the UK’s 2050 net zero emissions target, but is also an area with a historic lack of policy progress. While awareness of issues associated with decarbonising domestic heat has increased over the past 18 months, there remains a lack of understanding of the barriers and the way forward. The current economic and wider societal context may have an important bearing on this.

The consultant will carry out a scoping exercise to map the current state of play, and assess the role of existing actors in this space and the barriers to further progress. Main tasks will include conducting desk research and structured interviews with a range of experts to develop a report for publication.

This project will look to answer two key questions:

  • What are the current barriers to heat decarbonisation progress?
  • What efforts are being made by various actors to overcome them and how effective is this?

Essential attributes include:

  • Driven, independent self-starter
  • Understanding of energy or similar sector, including technology, stakeholder and policy aspects
  • Excellent analytical and communication skills, including writing
  • Ability to work with a range of stakeholders; friendly and outgoing approach
  • Proven experience of engaging and working with people of all backgrounds and levels

Previous experience in climate or heat policy is a bonus but the consultant would be expected to approach the task with a fresh approach; therefore applications from outside the sector are encouraged.

How to apply

Please send a CV and short (one page) cover letter to, detailing your suitability for this position.

Applications close 23:59 on June 7, with anticipation of starting as soon as possible thereafter.

About ECIU

The Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit is a non-profit organisation supporting informed debate on energy and climate change issues in the UK. Britain faces important choices on energy and on responding to climate change, and we believe it is vital that debates on these issues are underpinned by evidence and set in their proper context.

We support journalists and other communicators with accurate and accessible briefings on key issues, and help connect individuals and organisations in the field with the national conversation.

Our Advisory Board reflects the breadth of society’s interest in energy and climate issues. It includes climate scientists, energy policy experts and economists, as well as a range of other stakeholders including MPs and Peers.

All of our funding comes from philanthropic foundations. We gratefully acknowledge support from the European Climate Foundation, the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment, the Oak Foundation, the Climate Change Collaboration and, previously, the Tellus Mater Foundation.