Tomás Carbonell

Senior Counsel and Director for Regulatory Policy


Areas of expertise:
Carbon pollution from the power sector, oil and gas emission standards, and the Clean Air Act

Tomás Carbonell is Senior Counsel and Director for Regulatory Policy with the U.S. Clean Air Program at Environmental Defense Fund, where he specializes in climate change and clean air issues. Based in EDF’s Washington, DC office, Tomás engages in litigation, regulatory proceedings, and policy analysis and advocacy on a variety of federal climate and clean air matters.

His current areas of focus include reducing climate and health-harming pollution from the power sector; regulation of industrial hazardous air pollution; policies affecting foundational science and economics in regulatory decision-making; and climate and clean air legislation.


Prior to joining EDF in July 2012, Tomás practiced energy and environmental law as an associate at Van Ness Feldman, LLP. He is a 2008 graduate of Yale Law School, and completed master’s degrees in development economics and environmental management at Oxford University in 2005. He received bachelor’s degrees in chemical engineering, economics, and multidisciplinary studies from North Carolina State University in 2002. Tomás is also an adjunct instructor at Howard University School of Law, and a member of EPA’s Clean Air Act Advisory Committee.


  • J.D., Yale Law School
  • M.Sc., Environmental Change and Management, Oxford University
  • M.Sc., Economics for Development, Oxford University
  • B.S, Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University
  • B.S., Economics, North Carolina State University
  • B.A., Multidisciplinary Studies, North Carolina State University


Kyle Danish, Tomás Carbonell, & Kevin Gallagher, The Clean Air Act and Global Climate Change, in The Clean Air Act Handbook (Julie R. Domike & Alec C. Zacaroli eds., 2011).

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