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Thomas Vergunst

Senior Consultant

Thomas’s work at Eunomia focuses on, among other things, UK and European waste and resource policy and promoting the sustainable use of resources within a circular economy.

He has detailed knowledge of — and a keen interest in — the regulatory and policy instruments used to improve the sustainable management of resources. Thomas has proven expertise in policy analysis, technical modelling, survey design and execution, and the development of toolkits to aid decision makers.

Thomas is a PRINCE2® qualified project manager and has managed a number of large policy related projects on behalf of the European Commission. He is also an Associate Member of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment.

Recent Experience

Thomas acted as the Project Manager for a strategic European Commission project which reviewed the targets contained within in the Waste Framework Directive, the Landfill Directive and the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive. The analysis of this extensive project underpinned the European Commission’s impact assessment on the introduction of new waste management targets across Europe. These targets formed a central component of the Commission’s circular economy package.

Thomas has also recently acted as Project Manager on a study which sought to assist the Greater London Authority (GLA) and the London Waste & Recycling Board (LWARB) in developing a route map to guide London towards a more circular economy. Other projects which he has recently worked on include:

  • an assessment of the potential for environmental fiscal reform in 26 European member states;
  • the development of a Waste Avoidance Toolkit to enable local authorities to account and plan for the environmental and financial impacts of waste prevention initiatives;
  • a review of economic instruments used to promote household waste prevention;
  • waste forecasting in North London;
  • WRAP’s annual gate fees survey; and
  • a cost benefit analysis of repair service models for the preparation for reuse sector in Scotland.

Career History

Since completing his MSc in Soil Science in 2006, Thomas has worked for both private and third sector organisations. He has spent time with a multinational environmental consultancy in the area of land contamination and has also worked as a researcher for the London based charity Waste Watch (now part of Keep Britain Tidy). Thomas joined Eunomia in January 2011.