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Episode 12 | July 23, 2020
How can we communicate climate information in a way that inspires action? And what are the implications for the private sector? Find out in this episode, featuring a conversation with Andy Revkin, one of America’s most honored and experienced environmental journalists and the founding director of the new Initiative on Communication and Sustainability at Columbia University's Earth Institute.
Episode 11 | July 2, 2020
Did you know that one pair of jeans produces as much greenhouse gas emissions as driving a car more than 80 miles? Transitioning the apparel industry to a low carbon future is a complex problem that involves a vast, interconnected global supply chain.
Episode 10 | June 18, 2020
You’ve heard about green buildings, but have you heard about net zero buildings? Arthaland, a pioneering developer of green buildings in the Philippines, joins ClimateBiz to discuss how their Century Pacific Tower became the first EDGE-certified Zero Carbon building and how they used a green bond to finance this construction.
Episode 9 | May 28, 2020
BNP Paribas is France’s largest commercial bank. ClimateBiz interviewed Pierre Rousseau, Strategic Advisor in Sustainable Business, about how BNP Paribas is lowering its exposure to assets with climate risks and how it is building a green business in renewables, biodiversity, and more. They were an early supporter of the Paris Agreement as well as one of the first international banks to adoptive investment policies regarding coal, oil, and shale gas.
Episode 8 | May 14, 2020
Generation Investment Management is an asset management company with an unusual philosophy—that incorporating social and environmental criteria creates better companies with better risk-adjusted investment results. Co-founder David Blood joined ClimateBiz to discuss how they make their investment decisions and how this kind of risk management is becoming mainstream.
Episode 7 | April 22, 2020
Happy Earth Day! ClimateBiz is celebrating Earth Day 2020 by looking into nature-based solutions, which use natural ecosystems and processes to solve societal challenges. There are many examples of this, including reforestation to reduce carbon in the atmosphere. Tim Purinton of the DC and Maryland chapter of The Nature Conservancy joins the show to discuss specific solutions in the Chesapeake Bay area and how the private sector is supporting these solutions.
Episode 6 | March 25, 2020
South Africa is a significant contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions – for context, it emits more than the U.K. even though the U.K.’s GDP is nearly eight times larger. ClimateBiz spoke with Shamini Harrington (VP, Climate Change, Sasol South Africa) about how Sasol, a major industrial player in South Africa, plans to decarbonize its petrochemicals business. In 2019, Sasol released its inaugural report on how it will position itself for resilience in a lower-carbon future.
Episode 5 | February 18, 2020
Climate risk disclosure is a big topic these days for the private sector, especially those companies that are publicly traded. Many have decided to voluntarily disclose their risks and how they are mitigating them. Are mandatory disclosures coming down the pike? Mary Schapiro, former Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and current Special Advisor to Michael Bloomberg, joins ClimateBiz to share her thoughts and predictions.
Episode 4 | January 21, 2020
It's a new year and a new decade. ClimateBiz asked several industry experts within IFC for their predictions of how climate business opportunities will develop in 2020. Tune in for predictions across the diverse field of climate business.
Episode 3 | December 20, 2019
IFC just released a new report, “Green Buildings: A Financial and Policy Blueprint for Emerging Markets,” that shows how financiers, governments, developers, and building owners can take the lead in shaping and accelerating this multitrillion-dollar business opportunity.
Episode 2 | December 6, 2019
Recorded onsite at Climate Week 2019 in New York, Jesper Brodin, CEO and President of the INGKA Group, which includes the IKEA brand, joined Shari and Marcene to discuss IKEA’s plans to decouple material use from growth. This includes ambitious targets for renewable energy, product suppliers, and transport.
Episode 1 | November 15, 2019
In Part I of this episode, the renowned economist Lord Nicholas Stern literally wrote the book on carbon pricing – well, the Stern-Stiglitz High-Level Commission on Carbon Prices. He and IFC Vice President Hans Peter Lankes join ClimateBiz to discuss the basics of carbon prices, what businesses need to know, and what this means for international development. In Part II, Marcene and Shari interviewed two business leaders, Feike Sijbesma and Anand Mahindra, to discuss the report they co-chaired on Carbon Pricing and Competitiveness.
Disclosure of Climate-Related Financial Risks Bonus Episode
Conversation with Michael Sheren
Michael Sheren is a senior advisor at the Bank of England, the UK’s central bank. ClimateBiz caught up with him at the 2019 Innovate4Climate conference to discuss his views on climate-related financial risk disclosure.Listen Now
Check out the first season of the ClimateBiz podcast that ran from October 2018 to October 2019.
This podcast was made possible by the generous support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands.