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Maria Jose de Villafranca joined NewClimate Institute as a climate policy analyst in 2018. She tracks and analyses progress of climate action on both national and sector levels. Specifically, Maria leads projects analysing climate targets, quantifying greenhouse gas emission trajectory scenarios, and government’s mitigation actions. She is part of the core team of the Climate Action Tracker, and the lead Mexico analyst. Maria is a contributing author to the UNEP Gap Report. Further, she has experience in quantitative and qualitative analysis of non-state actor climate change commitments, investment needs in the electricity sector (under the Allianz Climate and Energy Monitor), and the quantification of policy impacts in the energy and transport sectors.
Before joining NewClimate Institute, Maria worked as a project engineer at Centro Mario Molina for Strategic Studies on Energy and the Environment in Mexico City, where she was part of the Energy Program, specializing in Life Cycle Assessment and carbon footprint evaluation of second-generation biofuels.
Maria is a Chemical Engineer from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM, Mexico), and holds M.Sc. degrees in Environmental Sciences from the University of Cologne (Germany), and Life Science and Technology from Delft University of Technology (the Netherlands).