It’s that time of year again, when we’re looking for a budding, confident and enthusiastic intern to join our small and dynamic team, in mid-Wales – applications to firstname.lastname@example.org – details below:
The successful candidate will work over a six-month period on one or two of the following projects:
- Climate safety – a project synthesising the latest climate science and its implications on policymaking and campaigning;
- Coal in the UK – documenting the proposed expansion of the UK coal industry;
- Renewables can do it – a project promoting the potential for renewable energy to provide the majority of our energy needs;
- Core work – exploring mechanisms which can finance the transition to zero-carbon infrastructure.
This will involve:
- Independent research to support PIRC projects;
- Participation in project development sessions;
- Opportunities to present material in meetings and seminars;
- Collective duties and some administrative work.
Full training will be provided where necessary.
Personal & skills:
- Great organisational skills;
- Self-motivated & hard-working;
- Environmentally conscious;
- Ability to work individually & in a small team;
- Some experience of copywriting an advantage;
- IT skills essential (Word, Excel, Email etc.. )
In return we can offer a chance to make a significant contribution
to our work, to get experience of working for a small charity on
environmental issues, and the supervision and support of our staff.
You would need to be based in mid-Wales for the duration of the
placement. Within certain limits, PIRC will cover accommodation, travel
and lunch expenses for volunteers.
PIRC is an independent charity integrating key research on climate
change, energy & economics – widening its audience and increasing
its impact. Our most recent work has included “Climate Safety”, a
report synthesising the latest climate science and its implications on
policymaking and campaigning (publicinterest.org.uk); “Coal in the UK”, an
interactive map and website exposing and monitoring the proposed
expansion of the UK coal industry (coalintheuk.org) and last year “Zero
Carbon Britain” a collaboration with the Centre for Alternative
Technology on an ambitious 20 year decarbonisation plan for the UK
PIRC has three permanent staff members, and a working model which
minimises hierarchy, with all staff members sharing administrative
tasks, as well as more interesting work!
6 month placement
Interviews will take place between the 19-21st February.
PIRC can cover accommodation, travel and lunch expenses, within certain limits
Send a CV supported by a covering letter that shows how your experience and skillset suits the position, to arrive by 9am, Monday 2nd February, to:
For thirty years CAT has been at the forefront of understanding environmental issues. Decades before there was an appreciation of the environmental challenges we now face, CAT was educating and informing about their inevitability, carrying our pioneering work into sustainability issues, and formulating practical solutions which are now finding enthusiastic adopters throughout government and business around the world.
Zero Carbon Britain found its inspiration in the 1977 CAT Alternative Energy Strategy – it is a testament to the prescience and integrity of CAT that it was undertaking work in a similar vein to Zero Carbon Britain thirty years ago, and has continued to do so since.
Zero Carbon Britain clearly demonstrates how Britain can escape its current reliance on fossil fuels by adopting key policy frameworks and utilising a carefully balanced spread of renewable technologies. PIRC Development Manager Tim Helweg-Larsen and CAT Development Director Paul Allen coordinated the Zero Carbon Britain research project, leading a team of researchers from CAT’s Graduate School of the Environment, and working closely with key thinkers like Aubrey Meyer and the late David Fleming to include their groundbreaking work in the report.
With enormous input from many different people, and funding from a variety of sources, PIRC’s policy-oriented expertise complemented CAT’s strong research skills. We worked on bridging the divide between climate science, policy and technology, and on integrating, producing and publishing the final
Zero Carbon Britain clearly demonstrates that in an emergency scenario, the reduction of Britain’s current fossil fuel consumption to zero within two decades is an achievable goal. Guided by Contraction and Convergence, the global framework for managing climate change, and using a electronic carbon allowance system, TEQs, to evenly distribute Britain’s carbon budget, the report describes powering down fossil fuel energy and waste, and powering up renewable energy generation. Sector by sector it explores the practical implications of this move towards a climate-safe future: outlining the transport systems we’ll be using, the homes we’ll live in and how industry, food and other sectors will operate.
Zero Carbon Britain has been published at a time when there is a need for clearly mapped out solutions.
Zero Carbon Britain has been published at a time when there is a need for clearly mapped out solutions. By presenting these in a realistic and achievable scenario, CAT and PIRC are at the cutting-edge of focused climate change policy generation, creating groundbreaking research and developing it into effective tools for change.
May 15th, 2008
Tim is giving a ZCB
presentation to the Sustainability Committee of the Welsh Assembly Government during their session at the Centre for Alternative Technology.
May 15th, 2008
Tim is presenting to the Environmental Audit Committee
during their visit to the Centre for Alternative Technology.
May 3rd, 2008
is presenting Zero Carbon Britain at the Grand Designs Show in London
April 12th, 2007
We are giving a Zero Carbon Britain presentation to the Annual Conference of the Claverton Energy Group, an independent think-tank of renewable energy professionals considering policy and technology solutions for Britain and Europe.
Helping People Change Their World
The Sheila McKechnie Foundation has opened applications for its 2008 awards, inspired by the legacy of Dame Sheila McKechnie.
The awards will begin a search among communities across the UK for
people of all ages who are campaigning to change their world locally
and globally. These will be the people with the potential to set the
agenda for politicians on issues ranging from climate change to support
for children with dyslexia.
Tim Helweg-Larsen, a mechanical engineer won the 2007 Environment Award
for his campaigning on global climate change. Tim launched
zerocarbonbritain, a radical vision of Britain
Rich will be coordinating an Energy Workshop and sitting on an expert panel at the Greater London Authority on January 25th.
The workshop and panel forms part of a day of youth action & education on climate related issues organised by C-Change.
UPDATE: Dieter Helm has published an excellent report attempting to answer this question, called "Too good to be true? The UK”s Climate Change Record, download it here.
The ESRC”s Research Group on Lifestyles, Values and Environment (RESOLVE) has just published an important initial analysis of the UK”s carbon footprint based on final consumption. From our research on CAT”s Zero Carbon Britain project we”re very aware that further research in this field is casino online sorely needed.
The UK Climate Change Bill proposes to establish legally binding targets for a 60% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2050. This paper discusses the challenges posed by measuring progress towards this target. It takes as a premise that the conventional production-based accounting framework, enshrined in the UNFCCC emissions accounting guidelines, is inappropriate for this task because it fails to account for the carbon