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John MacArthur, VP C02 Policy

Shell's VP for C02 policy discusses the best way to secure a more sustainable energy future.

Home Politics Business Culture Media Life & Society Energy World Affairs Columns Blogs Subscribe Events Jobs Perspectives on energy Green Tech Revolution News Return to: Home | Energy | Perspectives on Energy | Low Carbon Economy John MacArthur, VP C02 Policy John MacArthur Published 14 November 2011 Print version Email a friend RSS Twitter Shell's VP for C02 policy discusses the best way to secure a more sustainable energy future. mcarthur Energy powers economic growth, raising living standards and lifting millions from poverty. Demand for energy is increasing, but so are the global environmental stresses linked to meeting it. A transition to a sustainable energy system, and low carbon economy, is beginning, but it will take decades. Fossil fuels provide around 80 per cent of the world's energy today and they are expected to remain the cornerstone of the global energy system for many years to come. So the need to tackle climate change remains urgent. Greater energy efficiency will help, but the challenge is to find ways to produce more energy with significantly lower CO2 emissions. All forms of energy will be needed to meet demand, including cleaner fossil fuels and more renewables. Shell believes the best way to secure a more sustainable energy future is to take action today. We are producing more cleaner burning natural gas for use in power generation; focusing on sustainable biofuels to cut CO2 emissions from road transport fuels; developing technology to capture and store CO2 emissions (combining natural gas with carbon capture and storage could reduce CO2 emissions by 90 per cent compared to coal); working to improve the energy efficiency of our own operations; and the advanced fuels and lubricants we develop help our customers to use less energy. For more on climate change from Shell, click here

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We're hiring! Join the New Statesman as an editorial assistant

The NS is looking for a new recruit.

The New Statesman is hiring an editorial assistant, who will work across the website and magazine to help the office run smoothly. The ideal candidate will have excellent language skills, a passion for journalism, and the ability to work quickly and confidently under pressure.

The job is a broad one – you will need to understand the requirements of both halves of the magazine (politics and culture) as well as having an interest in the technical requirements of magazine and website production. Experience with podcasts and social media would be helpful.

The right person will have omnivorous reading habits and the ability to assimilate new topics at speed. You will be expected to help out with administration tasks around the office, so you must be willing to take direction and get involved with unglamorous tasks. There will be opportunities to write, but this will not form the main part of the job. (Our current editorial assistant is now moving on to a writing post.)

This is a full-time paid job, which would suit a recent graduate or someone who is looking for an entry into journalism. On the job training and help with career development will be offered.

Please apply with an email to Stephen Bush (Stephen. Bush @ with the subject line ‘Editorial Assistant application’.  

In your covering letter, please include a 300-word analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the New Statesman. Please also include 500 words on what you consider to be the most interesting trend in British politics, and your CV as a Word document. 

The deadline for applications is noon on Monday 12th October.