Policy Officer, European Commission


Policy Officer, specialized and working in sustainable energy systems for ships. Currently working at European Commission, Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport – Maritime Transport unit. In the Commission, Ricardo is engaged in the development, negotiation and preparatory work for implementation of the FuelEU regulation, under the Fit for 55 package. In addition, In DG-MOVE, Ricardo is also the chair of the European Sustainable Shipping Forum on Sustainable Alternative Fuels & Power Systems for ships (ESSF – SAPS), an expert group assisting the Commission with all different aspects related to the development, promotion, identification of barriers and scientific discussion related to alternative fuels and power systems. At international level, Ricardo is part of the IMO working group on development of the IGF Code and associated interim guidelines for the safe use of alternative fuels.

Before joining the European Commission, Ricardo worked in the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) for seven years, responsible for technical and scientific support to the Commission on several topics of Ship Safety and Sustainability/Pollution Prevention.

In addition to the above, Ricardo has Classification Society experience, having worked in the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), in London, integrating the Advanced Analysis team, as well as previous experience as a Marine Engineer onboard naval ships and Naval Architect responsible for shipyard/dockyard work.