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George Cole

Consultant

George specialises in research and policy analysis in the areas of waste, litter, marine debris and natural capital.

His work frequently involves environmental and economic analysis to inform decision making and includes clients such as the UN, the European Commission, national and local government as well as private sector organisations. George is also a skilled modeller with strong numerical abilities and a keen attention to detail, which he applies to many diverse disciplines.

 

Recent Experience

George’s recent projects include:

  • Major reviews focussing on different aspects of the management and impacts of marine debris for the European Commission, the UN Environment Programme with the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, and an industry funded philanthropic fund.
  • A decision-making tool to evaluate the ecosystem services provided by green infrastructure. The project was commissioned by Natural England and aimed to provide master planners, local authority staff and advisers an easy to use ‘case-making’ tool to compare the benefits provided by green capital.
  • Developing innovative community-based approaches to tackling litter for Zero Waste Scotland which fed formed the basis of a £100,000 litter prevention grant.
  • A global review of high performing country and state capitals to identify best practice in waste policy and infrastructure design. The findings will form the basis of a new waste management plan for a major city in Asia.

 

Career History

George joined Eunomia in 2012 after completing a master’s research degree in Earth System Science at the University of Bristol, in which he used global climate models to investigate the causes of major climatic events in the Earth’s history. Recreating the environment of millennia ago enables us to understand the dynamics of climate that act today and that will ultimately dictate the world we live in a hundred years from now. The application of science in testing environmental outcomes sparked a fascination, George continues in his current work at Eunomia.

In a previous life, George worked as a computer programmer in mobile phone and website development. He often draws upon the technical skills, problem solving and rigour taught in this discipline in support of his environmental consultancy work.