Maria Jose de Villafranca focuses on greenhouse gas emission scenario analysis. She leads and contributes to projects that analyse the impact of climate actions by countries and emission-intensive industries. At NewClimate Institute, Maria has led the Climate Action Tracker project, in which she continues to serve as the lead Mexico analyst.  Further, she has experience in quantitative and qualitative analysis of non-state climate actions, investment needs in the electricity sector, and policy impacts in the energy and transport sectors. Maria is a Chemical Engineer from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and holds M.Sc. degrees in Environmental Sciences from the University of Cologne (Germany), and in Life Science and Technology from Delft University of Technology (the Netherlands). 

Climate Action Tracker Global update - Glasgow’s 2030 credibility gap: net zero’s lip service to climate action
Publication date 10 Nov 2021

Glasgow has a credibility gap between talk and action. In this briefing, the Climate Action Tracker (CAT) has calculated that if all...

Twenty years of climate policy: G20 coverage and gaps
Publication date 02 Nov 2021

In this Climate Policy publication, we show that the number and coverage of climate change mitigation policies have increased in the...

Climate Action Tracker Global update: Climate target updates slow as science ramps up need for action
Publication date 15 Sep 2021

In these briefings, the Climate Action Tracker (CAT) introduces its new rating methodology, which now rates more elements than before –...

NDC Design
Publication date 08 Jul 2021

As part of the Paris Agreement, countries are mandated to update and enhance their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) every...

Greenhouse gas emission scenarios in nine key non-G20 countries: An assessment of progress toward 2030 climate targets
Publication date 01 Jun 2021

This study published in the "Environmental Science & Policy" journal assesses if nine key non-G20 countries meet 2030 GHG targets with...

NDC Design

As part of the Paris Agreement, countries are mandated to update and enhance their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) every...

Climate Action Tracker

The Climate Action Tracker is a science-based assessment that provides regularly updated information on countries’ emission reduction...

Policy impact assessment tool (EV)
Publication date 08 Feb 2022

The EV policy impact assessment tool allows for the quantification of future share of new Electric Vehicles (EVs) and future share of...

Investment Gap Tool
Publication date 30 Nov 2018

The Investment Gap Tool is an Excel tool that calculates historical investments and future investment needs in electricity generation...

Policy impact assessment tool (RE)
Publication date 30 Nov 2018

The RE policy impact assessment tool allows for the quantification of future share of variable renewables in electricity generation in...

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