Ferenc Pekar

Ferenc Pekar

Deputy Head of Clean Air and Climate Unit, European Commission Joint Research Centre


Ferenc Pekar is the Deputy Head of the Clean Air and Climate Unit of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) since December 2022. The Unit provides integrated analysis in support of EU air quality and climate policies, evaluating the emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants on European and global scales, measuring and modelling atmospheric components of relevance for human health, and their interaction with ecosystems and climate. Ferenc started his European Commission career in 2005 as a policy officer at the Automotive industry Unit of the Enterprise and Industry Directorate-General (DG) in Brussels. He was in charge of pollutant emissions regulations, impact assessments and the EU strategy on clean and energy efficient cars and participated in international regulatory negotiations at the United Nations. In 2010 he moved to the Circular economy unit of DG Environment, where he was responsible for sustainable consumption and product policies within the Circular economy strategy. He worked on Ecodesign and Energy labelling regulations to reduce the environmental footprint of products over their life cycle as well as with retailers and the food industry. He was transferred to the JRC in 2016 where he led projects at the Sustainable transport Unit until November 2022. Ferenc graduated in Economics at the University of Szeged and has authored several scientific publications and articles, focusing on the assessment of transport research and innovation projects, future transport technologies, including connected and automated transport, electrification and smart mobility solutions.

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Circular economy, Food and nutrition, Modelling, Transport

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