Our People

Mark Cordle
Senior Consultant
I support clients to understand and assess waste collection and management/treatment approaches and their impacts, and how to kick the whole materials system into a more circular shape. Otherwise, I sing, most often whilst taking care of two small daughters.

Mark has broad experience across the resources and energy sectors, providing analyses for policy and service changes, waste management and materials, with particular expertise on whole-systems analysis, plastics and deposits.

Mark designs and leads analyses to support strategy development and policy implementation decisions. He also has experience in community energy project development, local authority operations, private sector business planning and national and European policy formation.

Bringing a creative and structured approach to analysis and modelling, Mark understands the key dynamics at play in each process and decision, without losing sight of the broader and system impacts of changes, and being able to model the detail. He has experience developing options appraisals, techno-economic analyses, financial feasibility studies, and cost benefit analyses.

A PRINCE2® Foundation qualified project manager, Mark has strong communication skills and experience in stakeholder engagement.

Recent Experience

Mark has recently played a lead role in analyses to investigate and assess the state of plastics collection, sorting and recycling in Europe, identifying the key drivers behind decision-making, articulating best practice, helping to operationalise the concept of ‘quality of recycling’ and set out key ways forward for plastics recycling.

He also provides systems expertise to our work on deposit systems, focusing on understanding how new deposit schemes impact on and interface with existing waste management systems (including informal sector work). He has contributed to impact assessments for new and modernised schemes in several European countries from Ireland to Kosovo, in addition to US states including Connecticut and New York.

Mark also has expertise in assessing the carbon and environmental impacts of waste management approaches – working on behalf of the Greater London Authority tracking the carbon performance of London’s waste management for their Emissions Performance Standard. For the Recycling Council of Alberta, Mark led an assessment of the economic impact of their materials stewardship, collection and recycling activities.

His work on data and performance tracking extends to recent development of the European formats for quality reports under the revised European legislation on waste and packaging waste, and assessing the quality of steel recycling data for APEAL.

He has extensive experience developing modelling work incorporating user inputs and scenario formation, and was a key part of the team who reviewed targets within the various waste-related European Directives for the European Commission, refining and extending the European Reference Model on Municipal Waste Management to allow scenarios to be easily compared, and to integrate potential packaging targets.

Finally, Mark works on waste management and energy development on a regional and local level, supported a number of local authorities with their waste collection and disposal services, including recently:

  • Modelling of waste flow and cost impacts of policy interventions to reach target recycling rates;
  • A strategic review of waste disposal arrangements for a public sector client in the context of a partnership structure; and,
  • A feasibility study to support the development of an innovative energy facility in Bristol.

Career History

Mark has a cross-disciplinary background incorporating sustainability consultancy, mathematics training, community energy and democracy consultancy.  Mark was a founder director of Bristol Energy Cooperative and won a Nesta/ODI Open Data Challenge prize for “Community Energy Manager”, an innovative business idea applying open data to support communities develop energy efficiency data and projects in their neighbourhoods.

Mark has a Double 1st in Mathematics from Queens College, Cambridge, and has a Masters in Leadership for Sustainable Development from Forum for the Future and Middlesex University.