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CIWM’s Dan Cooke on Viridor’s transformation, future emissions trading, and developing the next generation

Season 3, Ep. 3

EWB editor Luke Walsh talks to the current president of Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) and former group head of sustainability at Viridor Dan Cooke.

This episode focuses on:

  • The UK is developing “world-class regulation”
  • Emissions trading scheme and the impact it will have
  • How Viridor moved from landfill to EfW and what happened in between
  • There are still capacity gaps for merchant plants to come in
  • How data and AI will support the waste sector 

Alongside his CIWM role Cooke is currently head of protected and historic landscapes at Cornwall Council.

Cooke’s career in the waste and resources sector spans three decades and takes in roles in local government, environmental charity and the private sector. He served 21 years with Viridor, holding roles including group head of sustainability, director of regulatory affairs and director of external affairs.

He is an environmental (ESG), communications and landscapes professional with over 35 years’ experience in the recycling/waste management, water and landscapes sectors (working across private companies, public authorities and charities). Cooke has also held previous roles with Tidy Britain Group/Environmental Campaigns, and Coventry City Council. 

Previously he served as chair of the Waste Management Industry Training and Advisory Board (WAMITAB); director of Viridor Credits Environmental Ltd (an independent charity distributing grants of £5-8M/yr via the Landfill Communities Fund); and trustee of the Carymoor Environmental Trust.

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