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To address climate crisis, we have to pursue an energy system based on renewable energy and other low carbon technology. Through reasonable discussions with a variety of researchers from institutes and think tanks, this podcast informs curious minds of poliy debate on sustainable energy transition and global climate governance. The podcast is now being updated for its second season. The first season was called the REEI Energy and Climate Podcast.
 
Welcome to Building sustainably: the road to net zero, a podcast by RPS. Achieving net zero requires a transformational shift in the way we plan, design, and build. But as the 2050 target edges closer, significant challenges lie ahead. In this podcast series, we aim to tackle the key issues head-on. We’ll explore real-life case studies and provide actionable advice on how to define, design, and manage net zero projects and programmes. In this series, we focus on the decarbonisation challenge ...
 
We need to achieve net-zero emissions by mid-century to avoid catastrophic climate change, and business plays a big part in meeting this goal. Join 100% Renewables’ Co-CEO Barbara Albert as she interviews senior decision-makers from organizations leading the way on climate action. If you want to hear best practice stories of how other businesses drive net profit with zero emissions, this show is for you.
 
This is the behind-the-scenes audio diary of our journey to take our business to better than net zero carbon emissions. Who are we? The business is eCommerce MasterPlan - we run podcasts (eCommerce MasterPlan and Keep Optimising) and virtual summits. The host is Chloe Thomas, founder of eCommerce MasterPlan and eCommerce Marketing specialist. This show is a little rougher around the edges than our main shows! We will be sharing how we make eCommerce MasterPlan a NetZero business, and then ta ...
 
Across the UK, local authorities are declaring a climate emergency, seeking to lead action at a local level to reduce carbon emissions, increase biodiversity, transition to net zero and ultimately improve the quality of life of their residents and the local environment. In this podcast series from UCL and the Local Government Association (LGA), researchers and policy professionals from councils across England share their reflections on working together on the Net Zero Innovation Programme - ...
 
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In this episode of Building sustainably: the road to net zero, Maggie Bosanquet, Low Carbon Economic Development Team Leader at Durham County Council, joins Chris Lavery to discuss Durham County's sustainability strategy and climate change initiatives. Maggie is currently responsible for a team of twenty officers delivering renewable energy and ene…
 
Our fifth episode features Wesley Gee, Chief Sustainability Officer at Works Design. To gear up for the reporting season, we interview Wesley on the top 2023 sustainability reporting trends, new reporting requirements and material topics for the construction industry to report on.Aecon
 
Despite of the high expectation in decarbonizing the fossil fuels sectors for years, Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) has not been scaled up. In the next 5-10 years, will the comprehensive technology be a game changer in the global climate mitigations? Can the oil and gas giants in the Middle East countries sustain their business in the future by b…
 
In this episode of Building sustainably: the road to net zero, Liz Brown, Senior Project Manager at RPS Group, joins Chris Lavery to discuss the successful retrofitting of Park Hill in Sheffield City, a project that focuses on sustainability and retentionist strategy. Before RPS Group, Liz worked at Pozzoni Architecture for over twelve years as an …
 
Compared to Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV), Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV) has lagged behind during the electrification of road transport sector across the world in the past ten years. Under the new context related to technological competition among economic powers, energy crisis enhanced by the Russia-Ukraine war in Europe, the global supply …
 
In this episode of Building sustainably: the road to net zero, Phil Marsden, Director of Project Management at Muse Developments, joins Chris Lavery to discuss how Muse Developments sets a new standard for sustainable development. As the Director of Project Management at Muse Developments, Phil Marsden works with landowners and the public sector to…
 
In this episode of Building sustainably: the road to net zero, Jon Daley, Asset Sustainability and Data Manager at Magenta Living, joins Chris Lavery to share successful retrofit strategies to achieve vibrant homes, lives, and neighbourhoods. Jon is a highly driven, energetic, and analytical leader with a thirteen-year proven track record in provid…
 
Enacted in 2021, China’s National Carbon Market based on tradable performance standard, was promoted as a new effort to engage with international climate policy. It’s too early to assess the emissions reduction impact of the so-called biggest carbon market in the world. Despite of the essential differences of market design, contextual institutions …
 
We're pausing the show until January, so here's Chloe's look back on 2022 and our progress. Including: Offsetting The Banking project The Travel Policy Finding ways to keep making progress The helpful community Investing Links: https://chloelink.com/creditcard Eco UK Business Credit Card we switched to (use this link to earn us both £75 when you ma…
 
In this episode of Building sustainably: the road to net zero, Sean Hanson, Chief Executive Officer of IMPOWER Consulting, joins Chris Lavery to share how behavioural science can be the answer to solving complex social and climate-related problems. Sean is an experienced executive director who has worked in and around the UK public sector for over …
 
In this episode of Building sustainably: the road to net zero, Jonas Hamann, Head of Business Development at Danfoss, joins Chris Lavery to share the technology behind an innovative, reliable, and green heating solution for buildings. Danfoss is a Danish multinational company based in Denmark that engineers energy-efficient technologies to build a …
 
Previous guests include: Sean Hanson of IMPOWER Consulting, Jonas Hamann of Danfoss, Jon Daley of Magenta Living, and Phil Marsden of Muse Developments. Check out our three most downloaded episodes: Changing the World Starts by Changing Your Behaviours with Sean Hanson, Chief Executive Officer of IMPOWER Consulting Re-Engineering Energy Efficiency …
 
Japan's Green Transformation Plan is the latest national strategy in pursuit of energy transition and carbon neutrality by 2050. As a major economy with probably the highest energy efficiency standard and greatest dependency on fossil fuels import around the world, Japan faces a range of challenges. Professor Jusen Asuka from Tohoku University in J…
 
Chloe's review of the book "the Future we Choose the Stubborn Optimists Guide to the Climate Crisis" by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac. Listen to find out why she read it, what's in it, and why she loved it enough to record a review of it! Get your copy at at a 'good' BCorp bookseller like these two: World of Books (wob) for new and seco…
 
Indian Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) adventure plays a significant role in both providing sustainable mobility services and materializing its long-term national carbon neutrality goal. What does the road transport decarbonization in the past ten years inform its future ambition? Under the various challenges, from global energy crisis, supply chain r…
 
Time for another diary update! Where have we got with the banking changes? What's the impact been of the website improvements? How's the offsetting going? Which supplier audit topic am I tackling next? (podcasts!) And several more tips too... Mentioned links: Offsetting with ecologi - https://chloelink.com/offsetting (and if you sign up they'll pla…
 
“We don't have to worry about the next quarterly cycle, like public companies do. We can take judgments that transcend that cycle, understanding that seasons and natural systems produce variable results. We've made a judgment to leave a whole bunch of fish uncaught, with a negative impact on profitability, and we've made that call based on what we'…
 
The mutual benefits of economic growth between China and Australia had pushed the bilateral cooperation on science and technology, particularly the climate related technology, to a new level until a few years ago. However, the relationship has been deteriorating since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. What does the dramatic change mean to Aust…
 
This episode builds on episode 5 where I shared our carbon reducing Travel Policy. In this one I'm sharing the steps I take to reduce the carbon impact of my work travel. Step1 - do you need to go? Step 2 - do you need to go to the whole thing? Step 3 - Maximise the return from the trip Step 4 - Minimise waste during the trip Step 5 - Low Carbon Tr…
 
In 1980-2015, China experienced one of the longest economic expansion in the modern era. While playing a significant role in supplying affordable and reliable electricity, hydropower has also caused undisputed and large negative impacts on social, ecological and cultural aspects. Dr. Darrin Magee from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in America sh…
 
How can you do better for the planet when you buy books? Chloe's been trying to work this one out! In this episode she's sharing: The best places to buy The best formats to buy Her new approach to the books she's reading Her new approach to how she's promoting her own books and others Important links: World of Books - BCorp of paperbacks - https://…
 
Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the first climate bill by U.S. federal government, will bring fundamental changes to American energy sector in terms of speeding up the penetration of low carbon technologies and clean power generation. Mr. Noah Lerner, who have gained working experience on energy decarbonization from private, non-profit and governmen…
 
Time for another diary update! Where have we got with the banking changes? What's the impact been of the website improvements? How's the offsetting going? And several more tips too... Mentioned links: See our ecologi status (and if you sign up they'll plant 30 trees) Website carbon calculations at websitecarbon.com Capital on Tap Credit card (using…
 
“One of the things that we've also done is put in an internal carbon price. We'll be using that in modelling all our CapEx decisions and strategy to understand the impacts of various decisions on our targets and the financial return. The CFOs of our businesses saw immediately how that process could help us achieve our goals and what their responsib…
 
What’s the beauty of Inflation Reduction Act? Why is it hard, if not impossible, for Republican Party to do something in undermining the law? How can the first American climate law advance the international climate policy and energy transition? Is there any tension between the climate law and the recent supreme court ruling on the West Virginia vs.…
 
Trying to make the right decisions as you make your business greener / more sustainable etc is HARD. Often there are no perfect answers - it’s actually a balancing act between competing priorities. And a challenge to avoid going down the rabbit hole. Recent eCommerce MasterPlan Podcast guest Kresse Wesling from Elvis and Kresse shared her killer qu…
 
International climate policy faces a range of challenges such as high energy cost and deteriorating relationship between China and America. How will both domestic and international situations influence the near to medium term climate actions of the three major actors, China, U.S. and EU? What could the climate cooperation among the three economies …
 
This is a quick episode to update you on our progress on our supplier audit. (check out episode 7 for part 1 and a bigger explanation of what it all is). I’m currently working through changing our banking providers - because this is one of the biggest impacts I can have, and once all the changes are made - they’re (hopefully) made forever! I've fin…
 
In this special podcast episode, we speak with three people with significant experience in the transport sector, coming from the car manufacturing perspective, the policy perspective, and the motorist's perspective - Scott Nargar, David Malicki and Nikesh Murali. In this episode, we talk about how transport emissions can be reduced, as transport ac…
 
It's time for another diary update - what have I actually achieved on: My business's path to beyond net zero? Shouting about it and inspiring others Learning about it PLUS I'm sharing 10+ little things I've done to help remind me to do better, that do do better, AND which spark conversations to inspire others to change too. Useful links to things I…
 
Susie shares some insight on the good work going on behind the scenes to make net-zero electrification possible. We will hear insights on everything from electric vehicles, effects of climate change, and rebates to help people afford upgrades for their home. Light hearted and informative, I'm sure you will find this episode encouraging.…
 
This is the real deal! All marketing aside, there are some challenges that homeowners and contractors are facing because how how energy efficiency is being managed - that have nothing to do with construction trades, materials, or supply chains - its the bureaucracy. Dayne offered us a really valuable insight into how his application process to reno…
 
I'm deep in the depths of our Supplier Audit at the moment (episode on how we're tackling that coming up later!) One of the areas I've found that we can have a HUGE impact is by changing our banking suppliers. In this episode, I'm sharing what we're doing, and the awesome tips I've had that made it a LOT easier to change your: Business Current Acco…
 
Since the first episode came out in September 2020, our team have produced over 60 episodes. Our discussions cover a variety of topics, from global climate negotiations to energy crisis, from decarbonization in healthcare sector to carbon pricing, from electric vehicles growth to China’s carbon neutrality strategy. As an independent think in China,…
 
This is another area it's really simple for any business to lower their carbon impact via. Stop needlessly replacing your hardware! In this episode we're talking: mobiles desktops and laptops podcast mics tablets And sharing some stats from Mike Berners-Lee's 'How Bad Are Bananas?' book - hear Chloe's review of that in episode 3.…
 
This is part 2 of a special podcast recording based on a webinar that Barbara Albert, our Co-CEO, ran under the Entrepreneur’s Program to explain the fundamentals of Net Zero to Australian small and medium-sized businesses. In the first part of the recording, Barbara introduced carbon accounting, carbon scopes, calculating your carbon footprint and…
 
Despite of the high expectation in decarbonizing the fossil fuels sectors for years, Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) has not been scaled up. In the next 5-10 years, will the comprehensive technology be a game changer in the global climate mitigations? Can the oil and gas giants in the middle east countries sustain their business in the future by b…
 
We now have a net zero travel policy at eCommerce MasterPlan. That sounds rather grand - as it’s just me a tribe of freelancers. BUT I know this is potentially our biggest negative impact, so I wanted to make sure I wasn’t stumbling through it and actually was making conscious decisions. 3 parts to this. Reduce our travel Reduce the impact of our t…
 
As one of the most developed metropolitan areas, Hong Kong is a latecomer in the climate action arena in the region. By committing to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 last year, Hong Kong is catching up with other peer cities such as Tokyo and Seoul. In her annual policy address on October 6th 2021, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announced some specifi…
 
This podcast episode is sponsored by AusIndustry, a Commonwealth Government program, which helps eligible businesses strengthen, grow and innovate, and develop and commercialise new ideas and products – locally, nationally and globally. The program also helps businesses achieve net zero via support from consultancies such as 100% Renewables. This r…
 
We invited Dr. Mao Da, Director of Shenzhen Zero Waste (an environmental campaign group), to our program. He has over 18 years’ experiences in environmental field China/overseas and a well-known public figure on waste issues in China. Shenzhen Zero Waste has a very focused target, namely to reduce the toxic chemicals in consumer products on the maj…
 
Right before the ease of Shanghai's two-month lock-down, China State Council has been intensively convened and formulating a package of measures to stimulate economic activities, in order to get the economy back on track and keep major economic indicators within an appropriate range. This episode firstly discussed the logics behind this stimulus pl…
 
The “New Energy Vehicles Industry Development Plan (2021-2035)”, launched on November 2nd, 2020, sets a target of an approximately 20% share for new energy vehicles (NEVs) in new vehicle sales by 2025. The annual market penetration rate of electric vehicles exceeds 13% in 2021, it’s therefore possible to achieve the 2025 target ahead of schedule. W…
 
In this podcast episode, we speak with Emma Bombonato, Environmental Sustainability Manager of Sydney Opera House. The Opera House is the nation’s premier tourist destination and one of the world’s busiest performing arts centres. Being a carbon neutral organisation under Climate Active since 2018, the Sydney Opera House builds on a long history of…
 
In April 2022, the World Health Organization (WHO) and England’s public healthcare system, the National Health Service (NHS), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, to help the two organizations cooperate on activities to promote and facilitate the decarbonization of healthcare systems around the world. A similar Memorandum was signed between t…
 
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