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Maria Olczak

Maria Olczak is a PhD candidate at the Queen Mary University of London researching policies and technologies to monitor and mitigate methane emissions across major man-made sources.

In 2022, she joined the Environmental Defense Fund as a consultant to pursue research on coal mine methane and environmental disclosure policies. Before that, Maria spent 5 years as a Research Associate at the European University Institute’s Florence School of Regulation Gas Area. She has focused mainly on the policy and regulatory instruments to address methane emissions, the decarbonisation of the EU gas market and the role of low-carbon hydrogen and biogas/biomethane.

Maria started her professional carrier in the Polish Ministry of the Environment, where she was actively involved in preparations to and proceedings of the COP19/CMP9, as a member of the Polish Presidency Team.