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Research & Policy Officer

Reference     (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors   Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Location   England (London & Greater)
Town/City   London
Type   Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status   Full Time
Level   Mid Level
Deadline   06/12/2021
Company Name   Association for Decentralised Energy
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Website   Further Details / Applications
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This role supports the ADE’s work to set the vision of a local, efficient, low carbon energy system which enables energy users to make the choices which work for them by improving the economics of the sector through ensuring fair access and opportunity for the markets and by ensuring the organisation’s communications and recommendations are credible and informed.

Main scope of the role

The role will work across the ADE’s policy work and on ACE-Research projects across an array of decentralised energy themes, including CHP, heat networks, demand response and energy efficiency.

In your research work, you will be working on a mixture of long and short-term projects. These teams may be made up entirely of ACE Research and ADE staff, but in many cases also involve staff from other organisations both in the UK and in other European countries. Team size can vary from two to around 15 people. A key aspect of this role is to maintain and develop ACE Research’s ‘Dynamic Engine’ building energy modelling tool.

In your policy work, you will be working to develop and promote improvements in the law, in regulation and in public policy that will facilitate and foster the development of decentralised energy in the UK.

You will have delegated responsibility for preparing formal position papers, briefings, reports and consultation responses and for managing consultation amongst members and stakeholders. You will be responsible for the appraisal of designated policy proposals and developments arising from governments, local authorities, regulators and other stakeholders, for conducting technical, economic and qualitative analysis, and for the preparation of recommendations.

You will work closely and support the Head of Policy and the wider policy team to deliver policy projects initiated or supported by the Association and will contribute to the formulation of the Association’s wider policy and advocacy positions.


In the role, your key responsibilities will be –

  • Maintaining and developing building energy modelling capabilities and tools
  • Advocating for positive changes in policy regarding buildings energy efficiency, working closely with the ADE’s Policy Manager for energy efficiency and industrial energy
  • Proactively supporting the integration of the ADE’s research capabilities in building physics and its energy efficiency policy advocacy to improve the quality of both

Further detail on these aspects is found below.


Building energy modelling capabilities and tools

A key aspect of this role is to maintain and develop ACE Research’s building energy modelling capabilities and tools. In particular, you will work on ACE Research’s ‘Dynamic Engine’ (DE) online tools which are developed and maintained in partnership with the Energy Saving Trust and the software engineers, Solstice Associates.

DE is a leading Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) based energy and improvements model for domestic properties. DE now powers a range of consumer engagement and advice tools along with supporting business solutions. Within this, you will have the following responsibilities -

  • Keeping abreast of developments in UK Government’s domestic energy calculation methodology SAP
  • Translating changes to SAP into ACE Research’s excel based tools and supporting the DE software partners to implement these changes in the DE online tools
  • Work with the DE partners to develop new online tools as well developing new functionality for existing tools

You will also have the opportunity to be involved in ACE Research’s wider research projects.

Policy advocacy

  • Advocacy of the ADE’s policy priorities in bilateral and open meetings and events
  • Monitoring and communicating policy developments at national, devolved and regional level
  • Drafting consultation responses and call for evidence documentation in line with specified requirements and ADE guidelines
  • Developing and maintaining effective working relationships with Parliamentarians, government officials, companies who are ADE members and other stakeholders at appropriate levels of seniority
  • Engaging membership in policy development; including through supporting forums, working groups and annual sector conferences

General competencies

  • Project management, including maintaining quality standards and the delivery of work according to agreed schedules and budgets. Team members are responsible for managing their own time, with guidance from more senior members of the team
  • Undertaking research on a range of topics, using methods including desk-based review, raw data gathering and analysis / interpretation of verbal and numerical information, and stakeholder interviews, often across UK, European and global markets
  • Disseminating our work in a variety of formats (written reports, briefing notes, peer-reviewed papers and journal articles, and oral presentations to a wide range of stakeholders)
  • Supporting the strategic work of the ADE; for example, through activity to address current and anticipated Government activity and to meet the ADE strategic vision, providing input to board reports and providing summary of progress in advance of management meetings and contributing to ADE strategic publications
  • Supporting our relationships with companies who are members of the ADE through, for example, working with the policy team to provide effective communications to members and stakeholders and supporting the Business Development Director in retaining existing members and recruiting new members
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