Pedro Piris-Cabezas

Senior Director, Global Transportation/ Lead Senior Economist


Areas of expertise: 

E.U. and global climate and energy policy, REDD+, aviation emissions, sustainable biofuels and the design of cap-and-trade programs.

Pedro is an economist working for EDF's Climate and Energy program since 2007. He directs analysis and policy advocacy to promote the use of high-quality, sustainable alternative fuels as well as carbon markets and other robust policy frameworks to address emissions from international transportation. In the context of ICAO, Pedro has participated in the design of CORSIA since 2013, contributing on the following areas: allocation of offsetting obligations, monitoring reporting and verification, emissions unit criteria, and sustainable aviation fuels.


Prior to joining EDF Pedro worked for a wide range of large corporations from the energy and industrial sectors for around ten years. He has lived and worked in Brazil, the United Kingdom, Japan, France, Italy, Spain, and the United States, and is fluent in 5 languages.

Pedro holds a six-year-long joint-degree in energy engineering from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain and from École des Mines de Nancy in France. Pedro also holds a five-year-long degree in economics from UNED in Spain, a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from Yale’s Environment School, and a Ph.D. in environmental economic policy from the University of Madrid - Rey Juan Carlos.

Pedro has been awarded the National Prize for his studies in engineering, the Premio Extraordinario for his doctorate, and is a former Fulbright grantee.


Exploring the relevance of ICAO’s Sustainable Aviation Fuels framework for the IMO
Published: June 30, 2020