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Director, Low Carbon Regulation & Advocacy

Date Posted: February 27, 2024
Reports To: SVP, Low Carbon Solutions
Location: Brussels preferred

Position Summary

We are Methanex: the world’s largest producer and supplier of methanol to major international markets in North America, Asia Pacific, Europe and South America, with our corporate head office located in Vancouver, BC.

What’s In It For You

  • A competitive total rewards package that includes a base salary, annual performance bonus program, generous pension plan, extended benefits coverage, generous time off program, employee share purchase program and hybrid work options
  • Opportunity to make a real impact with a global leader, working collaboratively with colleagues around the world and with direct line of communication with the executive leadership team

What You’ll Do

Reporting to the SVP, Low Carbon Solutions, the Director, Low Carbon Regulation & Advocacy provides clarity and strategic guidance on the impacts of low-carbon investment regulations, low-carbon fuels regulations and emissions regulations, including the potential carbon boarder adjustment mechanism (CBAM). In particular, the Director will be looked to as a subject matter expert on European Fit For 55 Policy Package ((with a special focus on Fuel EU Maritime, EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED), EU Emission Trading System (ETS), International Maritime Organization (IMO) Environmental Protection and Maritime Safety Policies and targets (with a special focus on evolving GHG Reduction Strategy & LCA guidelines)), US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), US Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), US/CA Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), Canadian Clean Fuel Regulations (CFR), and Investment Tax Credits (ITC) and any other pertinent rules and regulations that could impact the economics of supply and demand for low carbon methanol. The Director collaborates with internal and external stakeholders to provide thought leadership in the evolving low-carbon regulatory space and identifies risks and opportunities to support the development and execution of low-carbon supply and demand strategies, projects, and initiatives. This includes monitoring and understanding the evolving emissions, low-carbon regulatory and policy landscape in countries Methanex operates in as well as markets into which it sells methanol.

 

Position Responsibilities

Government and regulatory policies

  • Develop a detailed understanding of low-carbon investment policies (e.g., IRA, ITC) and emissions regulations that can support investment in carbon reduction technologies and low carbon supply projects. Work with regulatory bodies to support adoption of methanol supportive policies.
  • Develop a detailed understanding of low-carbon fuel regulations and policies in existing and potential markets that can support low-carbon methanol demand, including the impacts of carbon pricing and ETS, Fuel EU maritime regulations, IMO regulations, and green shipping frameworks on demand for low-carbon methanol.
  • Develop understanding for Sustainable Aviation fuel regulations and potential role for methanol.
  • Collaboratively work with Methanex’s Low Carbon team leads to develop an understanding of the parameters and potential opportunities from low-carbon fuels regulations in Canada (CFR, hydrogen) and in the US (RFS, CA LCFS), and how the EU policy environment could potentially be better aligned.
  • In conjunction with regional resources, monitor the development of new environmental policies and regulations (e.g., carbon pricing schemes) and develop understanding of their impact into Methanex’s operation.
  • Stay informed on developing low-carbon regulations and policies, and on carbon offset market development.

Cross Functional Collaboration

  • Work with Low Carbon Methanol Supply and Low Carbon Market Development to understand the drivers for potential low-carbon methanol projects and emerging low-carbon methanol demand and identify potential strategic opportunities for Methanex.
  • Work with the Methanol Institute (MI) and the 2 Methanex MI Board members to ensure that MI is appropriately focused on regulations that impact the supply and demand for low carbon methanol while maximizing the potential for conventional methanol to play an important transition role. In particular, work very closely with the MI Board Chair to ensure that MI resources are dedicated to advancing methanol supportive policy direction.
  • Work with Waterfront Shipping to understand the impacts of low-carbon fuels regulations on maritime operators.
  • Work with Corporate Development and Manufacturing teams to understand capital management processes and considerations that impact project development. Understand potential efficiency/emission reduction projects and provide support to regional teams in identifying regulatory supports for such projects, where necessary/requested.
  • Work with the Corporate Sustainability team to inform the consideration of regulatory climate-related risks and opportunities.

Strategic Leadership

  • Identify key risks and opportunities associated with low carbon regulations and policies and provide direction and thought leadership on how the company should consider/address those risks and opportunities.
  • Provide early identification and direction on advocating for the development of supportive regulations and policies.
  • Identify potential industry impacts from uncoordinated low-carbon policies and regulations from various regulatory bodies.

Communications

  • Develop internal communications regarding environmental regulatory and policy developments.
  • As required, support external communications regarding low-carbon supply and demand to ensure appropriate consideration of regulations and policies.
  • Identify external industry associations with opportunities to influence the consideration of low-carbon methanol supply or demand opportunities.

Position Qualifications

Qualifications

  • A University degree, with advance degree and/or Masters preferred.

Skills/Knowledge

  • 10 or more years of progressive experience in policy research, policy development, analysis, advocacy or related experience with particular experience in EU and/or maritime highly desirable.
  • Proficiency in regulatory and policy frameworks related to the energy transition/transition to a low-carbon economy, including international agreements, national laws, and regional regulations.
  • Experience with monitoring and understanding policy development and understanding political dynamics, international negotiations, and emerging trends.
  • A fundamental understanding of climate science and GHG accounting methodologies as well as decarbonization technologies and their implications, including knowledge of renewable energy sources, energy efficiency measures, carbon capture, utilization and storage, electric vehicles, and emerging technologies like hydrogen and advanced biofuels.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, prioritization, problem solving and time management skills.
  • Innovative and flexible, can demonstrate application of creative thinking. Demonstrated creative ability and track record of new ideas and identification of opportunities.
  • Ability to work with all levels of an organization, lead teams, get things done and produce deliverables on time.
  • Exceptional Microsoft office suite skills include MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

 

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