Aug 8, 2019
Season 1 | Episode 14 | Taking Innovation to a Higher Altitude
They said it was impossible to produce enough energy from the sun to power an airplane. But Bertrand Piccard did it. And he flew that plane around the world. It took a larger wingspan, a lighter aircraft, and a commitment to showing how protecting the environment does not have to reduce quality of life. Bertrand joined ClimateBiz to discuss his Solar Impulse Foundation and how it builds on the success of the solar plane to scale up 1,000 profitable, innovative climate solutions.
Jul 25, 2019
Season 1 | Episode 13 | Plastic Bank
David Katz, founder and CEO of Plastic Bank, joins ClimateBiz to discuss how his company turns plastic waste into currency to fight ocean plastic and help people ascend from poverty at the same time. Roughly 8 million metric tons of plastic enter the oceans every year. These plastics cost society up to $2.5 trillion a year in damage and lost resources from tourism and aquaculture. This episode explores the link between climate change and ocean plastic and how innovative ways to recycling plastic could help to change human behavior, capture value in waste, and create new markets.
Jul 11, 2019
Season 1 | Episode 12 | Offshore Wind: The New Wave
Henrik Stiesdal, a wind industry pioneer who installed the first offshore wind farm in 1991, joins ClimateBiz to discuss how offshore wind has become a major player in electricity generation. Cumulative investments in offshore wind are projected to reach $350 billion by 2030, just over a decade from today. This episode explores where the sector stands today, and which technologies and regions are poised to see the most development.
Jun 13, 2019
Season 1 | Episode 11 | The French Connection to the Climate Transition
The transition to a low carbon economy in a socially responsible way needs to happen fast…but it also needs to be done right. Brune Poirson, Secretary of State for the French Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, joins ClimateBiz to discuss President Macron’s approach to climate leadership both domestically and internationally. Tune in to hear about ambitious approaches for everything from plastics to fashion to the financial sector, and how social responses such as the gilets jaunes (“yellow jackets”) influence the conversation.
May 14, 2019
Season 1 | Episode 10 | Shining Prospects for Distributed Solar
Small scale solar has more than doubled since 2012, and distributed generation is profoundly transforming the energy sector. Shari and Marcene are joined by two solar experts – Guido Agostinelli, a Senior Industry Specialist at IFC, and Mike Silvestrini, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Energea, a renewable energy project investor that is focused on emerging and frontier markets.
Apr 25, 2019
Season 1 | Episode 9 | Coffee Break—A Conversation with Nespresso
From shade trees to weather index microinsurance for smallholder farmers, agribusinesses are taking action on climate change. Guillaume Le Cunff, Nespresso USA President and CEO of the Nespresso Sustainability Innovation Fund, joins ClimateBiz to discuss Nespresso’s carbon footprint and how to make coffee production as a whole more sustainable as well as more resilient to climate impacts. Companies across the agricultural sector—as well as their investors—are paying more attention to the sustainability of their supply chains.
Mar 19, 2019
Season 1 | Episode 8 | Climate Justice for All
What do local credit unions, job retraining, energy access, and potential climate litigation have in common? Climate justice. Historically, the developed world has been responsible for the warming of the climate while the developing world has borne the worst of the impacts. Former president of Ireland and current climate justice champion Mary Robinson joins the podcast to discuss the concept of a just transition to a low carbon economy and what it means for the private sector.
Feb 27, 2019
Season 1 | Episode 7 | The World’s Largest Green Bond Fund
At $1.42 billion, the Amundi Planet Emerging Green One (EGO) fund is the world’s largest green bond fund. The fund was established in partnership with IFC. In addition to its size, it is significant for its focus on emerging markets. The fund will deploy over $2 billion over its lifetime. This episode delves into the innovative thinking that led to this award-winning fund and the process of finding the right partner.