Marta Torres Gunfaus is senior researcher on climate and energy at IDDRI and National Engagements lead of the Deep Decarbonization Pathways (DDP) Initiative. Her responsibilities include bridging research and policy-making and quantitative analysis with social sciences disciplines. She is responsible for the country-level work across the DDP network countries, ensuring sustainability, scientific-robustness and policy-relevance of local activities. To this, Marta contributes to the development of network’s strategy, tools and methodologies, and operationalisation of projects. She is responsible for projects such as H2020-funded RIPPLES project and NDC Aspects project, and IKI-funded 2050 Is Now Project.
Marta Torres has more than 17 years of professional experience working in the field of climate change within the public, private and academic sectors, both from the North and the Global South, with the aim of contributing to the transition to prosperous and equitable low-carbon societies. She has extensive international experience leading and participating in large projects for governmental bodies including for several national administrations and manages large-scale research collaborations and dialogue facilities between science and decision-makers. She served as Head of Climate Mitigation for the Government of Catalonia (Spain) in 2011-12 period. In 2013, Marta became co-Director of the MAPS Programme, a collaboration amongst developing countries employing over hundred experts to establish the evidence base for long term transition to robust economies that are carbon efficient.
Marta has been working on projects that focused on diverse aspects of international & domestic energy & climate policy design and economic evaluation, in particular she has extensively worked on formulation of mitigation goals and strategies, for example for the development of (I)NDCs and Long-Term Strategies. She has developed sound expertise on mitigation instruments, such as emission trading, voluntary programmes, carbon budgets and project-based mechanisms, along with a notable track record of MRV and accounting-related work. She has gained on-the-ground experience in policy implementation and context-specific political economy landscapes as well as theoretical knowledge on change and complex theories. Over the years, Marta has consolidated an international network of climate and development practitioners.
She speaks English, Spanish, Catalan, French, German and Dutch.