Professor Baird takes up Presidency of the CIWM

22 October 2015

Professor Baird takes up Presidency of the CIWM

Professor Jim Baird

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) Professor Jim Baird was this week inaugurated as the 2015/16 President of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), the professional body which represents over 7,000 waste professionals.

In front of over 120 guests at Glasgow City Chambers, Professor Baird used the occasion outline a number of themes for his presidential year.

These include the need for renewed efforts to tackle waste crime through collaborative working with industry and regulators, and the importance of promoting resource efficiency and Circular Economy (CE) learning – both in higher education here in the UK and through CIWM’s ability to promote communities of knowledge and good practice internationally.

Waste data, and how this is turned into meaningful information for decision making, is another area in which Jim expressed a particular interest. With targets and reporting set to come under the spotlight when the European Commission publishes its revised CE package towards the end of 2015, he took the opportunity to launch a report into the current framework for measuring recycling across Europe.

Working in the School of Engineering and the Built Environment at Glasgow Caledonian University, Jim continues to undertake and publish in the area of waste and resource management and, as module leader in waste management at postgraduate level, he also supports the development of graduates looking for a career in the sector.

Jim was elected as a CIWM General Councillor in 2003 and is a Fellow of the Institution. He has played an active role in CIWM’s Scottish Centre where he has served as both Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer. Jim has also acted as the Scottish representative on the CIWM Scientific & Technical Committee and sat on the CIWM Environmental Body and the Fellows Assessment Panel.

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