Dr. Cristiano Façanha, Global Director, Drive to Zero: As a transportation and environmental engineer with over 15 years of experience in the transportation industry, Cristiano’s mission is to reduce climate change and air pollution by cleaning the transportation sector. Cristiano currently leads CALSTART’s Commercial Vehicle Drive to Zero Program, which aims to accelerate the uptake of zero-emission trucks and buses worldwide. He is also an expert in the design, modeling, and evaluation of transportation emission reduction strategies and policies.
Prior to CALSTART, Cristiano led clean transportation activities related to sustainable freight, Brazil and emission inventory tools at the International Council on Clean Transportation. He also developed several assessments of road delay and level of service from additional road traffic, with the aim of quantifying emissions associated with different congestion scenarios. For his Ph.D. program at UC Berkeley, he developed a life-cycle assessment of freight transportation, comparing life-cycle emissions of trucking, rail and airfreight.
Cristiano holds a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Masters of Science in Transportation Management from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden.