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Charlie Gent
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Charlie Gent

 Engagement Manager

Charlie works in the Decarbonisation and Circular Economy Practice, with a focus on challenges linked with recycling.  His association with RIG developed over the course of his Master’s degree in Environment Sustainability at Edinburgh University where he achieved a distinction. There, he partnered with one of RIG’s leading clients, writing his dissertation on the application of their unique recycling technology. 

Prior to his Master’s, Charlie lived in Argentina where he interned for a solar energy business, taught English to local business people and learnt Spanish.  Charlie holds a teaching qualification from University College London which he obtained whilst participating on the Teach First programme.  He also holds a BA in Philosophy from Bristol University.

In his free time, Charlie loves all sports involving rackets, cooking for friends, and mixing music.

MDF recycling: a safety net against volatile raw material prices

Long term availability of virgin timber is becoming increasingly problematic.  MDF Recovery's technology offers security against rising virgin timber prices and fragile supply chains.


The innovator’s tug of war: push and pull innovation and the Technology-Push Lead User Concept

One of the challenges of technology innovation is the balancing act of identifying an application which responds to market needs (“pull”) and is informed by the technology’s attributes (“push”).  The Technology-Push Leader User Concept (T-PLUC) blends push and pull innovation to inform the development and application of a given technology.


Please mind the gap: closing the circularity gap in an increasingly linear world

While recycling infrastructure has expanded, economic growth, increased production and consumption continue to widen the gap in an increasingly linear world


Averting the plastic waste crisis: the role of enzymes in eating the problem

The potential role of PET eating enzymes in solving the plastic waste crisis


Leapfrogging anaerobic digestion: tackling the food waste challenge

From plate to planet: reducing food waste for a sustainable future