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Cleaning Up. Leadership in an age of climate change.

English, News, 1 season, 175 episodes, 32 minutes
Once a week Michael Liebreich has a conversation with a leader in clean energy, mobility, climate finance or sustainable development. Informative, inspiring and fun! Cleaning Up is supported by Capricorn Investment Group.
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Rounding Up Season 11 - Ep159: Michael Liebreich & Bryony Worthington

Bryony and Michael round up the eleventh season of Cleaning Up this week. They explore the themes running through the episodes, from theories of change to innovation, and discuss the things that surprised them, the moments they liked (or didn't) and reasons for optimism for the transition.  Links: Ep149: Material World - Ed Conway: Ep150: Selling Sustainability - Solitaire Townsend: Redesigning Mining - Mark Cutifani: Ep152: Can We Have a Habitable Planet? - David Wallace-Wells: Ep153: Shedding Light on Energy's Dirty Secrets - Lauri Myllyvirta: Ep154: Green Heat (And Cooling) Under Our Feet - Tamsin Lishman: Ep155: Extreme Electrochemistry - Prof. Donald Sadoway: Ep156: A Magnificent Woman And Her Flying Machines - Bonny Simi: A11: The Five Horsemen of the Transition: A12: The Five Superheroes of the Transition: The Methane Hunters - Sebastien Biraud & Sharon Wilson: 158: Absolutely Electrifying - Saul Griffith:
4/3/20241 hour, 13 minutes, 9 seconds
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Rounding Up Season 11 - Ep159: Michael Liebreich & Bryony Worthington

Bryony and Michael round up the eleventh season of Cleaning Up this week. They explore the themes running through the episodes, from theories of change to innovation, and discuss the things that surprised them, the moments they liked (or didn't) and reasons for optimism for the transition.  Links: Ep149: Material World - Ed Conway: Ep150: Selling Sustainability - Solitaire Townsend: Redesigning Mining - Mark Cutifani: Ep152: Can We Have a Habitable Planet? - David Wallace-Wells: Ep153: Shedding Light on Energy's Dirty Secrets - Lauri Myllyvirta: Ep154: Green Heat (And Cooling) Under Our Feet - Tamsin Lishman: Ep155: Extreme Electrochemistry - Prof. Donald Sadoway: Ep156: A Magnificent Woman And Her Flying Machines - Bonny Simi: A11: The Five Horsemen of the Transition: A12: The Five Superheroes of the Transition: The Methane Hunters - Sebastien Biraud & Sharon Wilson: 158: Absolutely Electrifying - Saul Griffith:
4/3/20241 hour, 8 minutes, 51 seconds
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Absolutely Electrifying - Ep158: Saul Griffith

Michael chats with Saul Griffith, Australian-born engineer, inventor, advisor, author and 2007 MacArthur "Genius". He specialises in clean and renewable energy technologies, and has founded a dozen technology companies across 20 years in Silicon Valley, as well as authoring 3 books, including `Electrify', and `The Big Switch'. He has recently turned his attention from Otherlab, his independent Research and Development lab, to policy work and writing, including founding Rewiring America and Rewiring Australia, non-partisan organisations dedicated to electrification and decarbonisation and the associated policy and regulatory implications of meeting our climate goals. Saul received his Ph.D. at MIT in the junction between materials science and information theory. Prior to MIT, he studied in Sydney, Australia and at UC Berkeley in metallurgical engineering.    Links  Buy Saul's 2022 book Electrify: An Optimist's Playbook for Our Clean Energy Future: Buy Saul's The Big Switch: Australia’s Electric Future: Buy Saul's 2023 extended essay:    Related Episodes The Bridgetown Initiator - Ep145: Prof Avinash Persaud: Audioblog 12: The 5 Superheroes of the Transition:
3/27/20241 hour, 13 minutes, 9 seconds
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The Methane Hunters - Ep157: Dr. Sebastien Biraud & Sharon Wilson

Bryony speaks to two fascinating guests, both specialising in methane emissions, their causes and impacts: Dr. Sebastien Biraud and Sharon Wilson.Dr. Biraud is a biogeochemist, leading the Climate Sciences Department. Sebastien's work has taken him to the tropical rainforests of the Amazon, the great plains of the United States, and the Arctic tundra. He is currently co-leading/leading projects for the U.S. Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission. These projects involve integrating and applying high-precision greenhouse gas observations to advance research on the atmospheric carbon cycle and to enhance measurement, reporting, and verification of greenhouse gas emissions. Sharon  is a 5th generation Texan who, after 12 years working for the oil and gas industry in Ft. Worth, left and bought 42 acres in Wise County. Unknown to her at the time was that George Mitchell was experimenting in Wise County to figure out how to produce oil and gas from shale. She had a ringside seat at the sneak preview called Fracking Impacts. This experience prompted her to join Earthworks’, working on their Oil & Gas Accountability Project in 2010. In 2014, she became a certified optical gas imaging thermographer and now travels across the U.S. making visible the invisible methane pollution from oil and gas facilities through her non-profit, Oilfield Witness, and giving tours to media, Members of Congress, state lawmakers, regulators, and investment bankers.   Links Explore Sharon's work at Oilfield Witness here: https://oilfieldwitness.orgView Oilfield Witness' award-winning documentary here: Read Sebastien's interview about his work for the Berkeley Lab News Centre here: Read about EDF's MethaneSAT, a recently-launched satellite to track global methane emissions: Learn more about MethaneSAT here:   Related Episodes Tackling Super Pollutants - Ep146: Jason Anderson:
3/20/20241 hour, 8 minutes, 16 seconds
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Audioblog 12: Net Zero Will Be Harder Than You Think – And Easier. Part II: Easier

This week, Michael presents the second part of his two-parter for Bloomberg New Energy Finance, exploring the bear and bull cases for the net zero transition. This week is the bull case: the "5 superheroes" of the transition, 5 forces/trends even more powerful than last week's "5 horsemen", which can prevail in the challenge of rapidly decarbonising the global economy. The 5 superheroes are: Exponential Growth, Systems Solutions, Great Power Competition, Disappearing Demand, and the Primary Energy Fallacy. And stay tuned until the end for a 6th "bonus" superhero!This audioblog is based on Michael's Bloomberg New Energy Finance opinion piece of the same title.    LinksRead the original BNEF piece on which this audio blog was based: the latest IEA Renewables Report 2023: the 2017 research paper - Limits to Growth in the Renewable Energy Sector: Michael's 2018 piece for BNEF - Beyond Three Thirds, The Road to Deep Decarbonisation: the research review by Hans Eric Melin on the reuse and recycling rates of lithium-ion batteries: Michael Barnard's analysis of the proportion of global shipping linked to the fossil fuel industry: the Lawrence Livermore Sankey Diagram showing estimated US energy flows in 2022: https://flowcharts.llnl.govRead the first part of this BNEF piece on the "5 horsemen" of the transition:    Related EpisodesAudioblog 11: Net Zero Will Be Harder Than You Think - And Easier. Part 1: Harder:  10: The Next Half-Trillion-Dollar Market – Electrification of Heat:         
3/13/202439 minutes, 39 seconds
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Audioblog 11: Net Zero Will Be Harder Than You Think – And Easier. Part I: Harder

Michael is solo this week on Cleaning Up, outlining the "5 horsemen" of the net-zero transition - the five greatest obstacles to the net zero transition. These 5 horsemen are: the economics of energy solutions, the electrical grid, the demand for critical mineral, political and social inertia, predatory delay by the powerful incumbents. This audioblog is based on Michael's Bloomberg New Energy Finance opinion piece of the same title.   LinksRead the original essay here: Michael's 2022 essay, 'The Quest for Resilience – What Could Possibly Go Wrong?' here: Michael's 2023 essay, 'The Next Half-Trillion-Dollar Market – Electrification of Heat': Bloomberg NEF's 2022 New Energy Outlook: the IEA's report on the role of critical minerals in the transition: the IPSOS report study - 'What Worries the World'?: Simon Michaux's report on the required quantity of critical minerals for net zero: Part 2 of this two-parter, on the "5 superheroes" of the transition:  Related EpisodesReview Ep141 with Naomi Oreskes - Lifting the Curtain on Climate Change Denial:         
3/6/202430 minutes, 7 seconds
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Audioblog 11: Net Zero Will Be Harder Than You Think – And Easier. Part I: Harder

Michael is solo this week on Cleaning Up, outlining the "5 horsemen" of the net-zero transition - the five greatest obstacles to the net zero transition. These 5 horsemen are: the economics of energy solutions, the electrical grid, the demand for critical mineral, political and social inertia, predatory delay by the powerful incumbents. This audioblog is based on Michael's Bloomberg New Energy Finance opinion piece of the same title.   LinksRead the original essay here: Michael's 2022 essay, 'The Quest for Resilience – What Could Possibly Go Wrong?' here: Michael's 2023 essay, 'The Next Half-Trillion-Dollar Market – Electrification of Heat': Bloomberg NEF's 2022 New Energy Outlook: the IEA's report on the role of critical minerals in the transition: the IPSOS report study - 'What Worries the World'?: Simon Michaux's report on the required quantity of critical minerals for net zero: Part 2 of this two-parter, on the "5 superheroes" of the transition:  Related EpisodesReview Ep141 with Naomi Oreskes - Lifting the Curtain on Climate Change Denial:
3/6/202429 minutes, 40 seconds
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A Magnificent Woman And Her Flying Machines - Ep156: Bonny Simi

Bryony returns with Bonny Simi, President of Operations at Jobs Aviation, where she's working on bringing to market a new civilian electric VTOL (eVTOL) aircraft. Prior to joining the team at Joby, Bonny held several operational and strategic roles at JetBlue Most notably, she founded and led JetBlue Technology Ventures, investing in improving the travel, hospitality, and transportation industries. As a pilot, Bonny has commanded Boeing, Airbus and Embraer aircraft at both United Airlines and JetBlue Airways. She is also an Emmy-nominated sports reporter and a 3-time Olympian in the sport of Luge. She holds a BA in Communications, a MS in Management and a MS in Engineering, all from Stanford University, as well as a MS in Human Resources from Regis University.    Links  Explore Joby's website here: You can watch more footage of Joby's eVTOL aircraft here: Read about Joby's partnership with the US DoD here: Hear Bonny talk more about her lessons from competing in luge: Listen to the theme song from Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines (the title inspiration for this episode!):
2/28/202455 minutes, 36 seconds
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Extreme Electrochemistry for a Sustainable Future - Ep155: Prof Donald Sadoway

Michael returns to talk with legendary educator and inventor, Donald Sadoway, Professor Emeritus of Materials Chemistry at MIT. After earning his PhD in chemical metallurgy in 1977 at the University of Toronto, he joined the faculty at MIT where he spent 44 years. For 16 of those, he taught 3.091 (Introduction to Solid-State Chemistry)—and his animated lectures, peppered with references to music, art, and literature—doubtless contributed to the subject’s popularity. Among the many accolades bestowed on Professor Sadoway in his 44 years as a teacher and researcher at MIT was a compliment by Bill Gates: “best chemistry lessons anywhere. Unbelievable.” In 2012, for the invention of the liquid metal battery, he was named by Time magazine one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.” He has founded several hard tech startups, including Ambri, Avanti Battery Company, Pure Lithium and Boston Metal.  Links Review Donald's 2012 TED talk, "The Missing Link to Renewable Energy" here: Avanti Battery Company's tech here: https://avanti.energyExplore Ambri's tech here: https://ambri.comExplore Pure Lithium's tech here: https://www.purelithium.ioExplore Boston Metal's tech here: https://www.bostonmetal.comExplore Sadoway Labs' research here: https://sadowaylabs.orgTake Prof Sadoway's course, 3.091 - Introduction to Solid State Chemistry - here:   Related Episodes Metals Refining - From Mining to Brining - Ep142: Alex Grant: Man - Ep144: Mateo Jaramillo: 
2/21/20241 hour, 7 minutes, 4 seconds
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Green Heat (And Cooling) Under Our Feet - Ep154: Tamsin Lishman

Tamsin Lishman joins Bryony this week to talk heat pumps. Tamsin is CEO of Kensa Group, a Cornwall-based manufacturer and installer of ground source heat pumps. Kensa is the UK's only manufacturer of ground source heat pumps. Both air source and ground source heat pumps are rapidly growing technologies, and Tamsin believes that Kensa's heat pumps can - and will - be deployed to electrify domestic heating in the UK. On a recent episode of Cleaning Up, Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the IEA, argued that heat pumps are "the closest thing to a silver bullet" we have in the race to net-zero. In over two decades, Kensa has saved over 1 million tonnes of carbon through ground source heat pump installations. The Kensa Group is partly owned by Legal & General Capital, part of Legal & General PLC, and Octopus Energy. Tamsin was appointed CEO of Kensa Group in July 2023. Previously, she had stints at EnergyNest and Centrica. She holds a Master of Engineering from Oxford University.    Links See Kensa's website here:  Read the IEA's report on the future of heat pumps: (For UK viewers) Check out the UK government's tool to see if a heat pump could be suitable for your home: Read this Guardian piece on heat pump installations in the UK: Read about Kensa's recent fundraise of £70m from Octopus and Legal&General, with the help of EcoPragma Capital, here:
2/14/202447 minutes, 54 seconds
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- Ep153: Lauri Myllyvirta

Michael sits down this week with Lauri Myllyvirta, co-founder and lead analyst at CREA - the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air. After working as a campaigner and then as an analyst at Greenpeace, Lauri helped set up CREA, an NGO that produces research reports on the trends, causes, health impacts, and solutions to air pollution. Importantly, CREA makes extensive reference to local-language evidence sources - helped by Lauri's impressive knowledge of European and Asian languages. Lauri has degrees in economics from Helsinki University and in environmental science from University of Jyvaskyla.   Links Read the BBC's recent articles highlighting CREA's research on the UK's Russian oil sanctions: And read the original CREA report here: Read CREA's report on the surge in coal power in China in 2023: Read CREA's report on the health impacts of delaying coal decommissioning in South Africa: Read CREA's report on the recent spree of coal plant permitting in India: Read CREA's report on the state of Indonesia's transition: Explore all of CREA's reports here:
2/7/20241 hour, 11 minutes, 24 seconds
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Shedding Light on Energy's Dirty Secrets - Ep153: Lauri Myllyvirta

Michael sits down this week with Lauri Myllyvirta, co-founder and lead analyst at CREA - the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air. After working as a campaigner and then as an analyst at Greenpeace, Lauri helped set up CREA, an NGO that produces research reports on the trends, causes, health impacts, and solutions to air pollution. Importantly, CREA makes extensive reference to local-language evidence sources - helped by Lauri's impressive knowledge of European and Asian languages. Lauri has degrees in economics from Helsinki University and in environmental science from University of Jyvaskyla.    Links  Read the BBC's recent articles highlighting CREA's research on the UK's Russian oil sanctions: And read the original CREA report here: Read CREA's report on the surge in coal power in China in 2023: Read CREA's report on the health impacts of delaying coal decommissioning in South Africa: Read CREA's report on the recent spree of coal plant permitting in India: Read CREA's report on the state of Indonesia's transition: Explore all of CREA's reports here:
2/7/20241 hour, 10 minutes, 24 seconds
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Can We Have a Habitable Planet? - Ep152: David Wallace-Wells

This week, Bryony is back, this time to talk to David Wallace-Wells. David is an American journalist and author who often writes about climate change. His 2017 article "The Uninhabitable Earth" for New York Magazine was the publication's most-read article in history. David then turned the article into a book of the same name, which was chosen as Book of the Year, 2019, by The Sunday Times, The Spectator and New Statesman. He has a BA in History from Brown University.  Links Read David's original 2017 article here: Read the 2020 Nature Article on RCP 8.5 here: Read Jim Hansen's recent paper on climate sensitivity: View Bryony's favourite Sankey diagram showing US energy inputs and outputs:
1/31/20241 hour, 13 minutes, 26 seconds
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Redesigning Mining - Ep151: Mark Cutifani

This week, Michael's guest is Mark Cutifani, chairman of Vale Base Metals and formerly CEO of South African gold mining company, Ashanti, and British mining company, Anglo American. He was born and grew up in Wollongong, Australia. After leaving high school in 1976, he joined Coal Cliff colliery and enrolled in the University of Wollongong to complete a degree in Mining Engineering. He graduated in 1982, top of his class. After working for Coal Cliff, he joined Kalgoorlie Gold Mines, the Western Mining Corporation, Normandy Mining and Sons of Gwalia. In 2007, Cutifani left Inco Limited, where he held the position of chief operating officer. On 17 September 2007, he joined Ashanti, as a director of the company and was appointed CEO on 1 October that year. Shortly after joining Ashanti, Cutifani introduced a campaign called "Safety is our first value". Research into the 2007 fatalities at the company had shown that 70% of the fatalities were caused by sub-standard operations or actions. Cutifani aimed to reduce the number of fatalities by changing the company's culture and improving communication, citing legacy issues from the past as a main cause for the fatalities. During his tenure, the fatality rate was reduced by 50%. He was one of the critics of the new Australian Mining Super Tax, which was announced in 2010, stating that it could delay or endanger the company's Tropicana Gold Mine project.  Links  Find out more about the Development Partner Institute here: Find out more about the ICMM here: Read more about the Anglo American - Thungela de-merger here: Watch Anglo American's review of Mark's time with the company here:   Related Episodes Material World - Ep149: Ed Conway: 650 Leagues of HVDC Under the Sea - Ep92: Simon Morrish:
1/24/20241 hour, 11 minutes, 8 seconds
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Selling Sustainability - Ep150: Solitaire Townsend

Bryony returns in Season 11 this week, sitting down with her longtime friend Solitaire Townsend. Solitaire is Co-founder & Chief Solutionist at Futerra, and Trustee of the Solutions Union. She is a renowned sustainability expert and solutionist. From Google to the United Nations, Ikea to WWF, Solitaire works with the worlds’ most influential organisations to activate social justice and environmental restoration. Over two decades she has led the movement towards solutions, hope and optimism with numerous publications and keynotes at the UN, MIT, Ted and many more. She was named “Ethical Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2008 and more recently chair of the UK Green Energy Scheme, trustee of Ashden, a founder member of the United Nations Sustainable Lifestyles Taskforce and a London Leader for Sustainability. She holds master’s degrees in both Sustainable Development and Shakespeare.   Links Solitaire's recent book, The Solutionists: How Businesses Can Fix the Future: Watch Solitaire's 2021 Ted talk - Are Ad Agencies, PR Firms and Lobbyists Destroying the Climate?: Game Changers Movie on Meat and Nutrition: Buy Lovebug cat food here:   Related Episodes Lifting the Curtain on Climate Change Denial - Ep 141: Prof Naomi Oreskes:  
1/17/20241 hour, 2 minutes, 51 seconds
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Material World - Ep149: Ed Conway

Kicking-off 2024 and Season 11 is Ed Conway. Ed is the Economics editor at Sky News, covering major UK and international economics, business and political stories. He is also economics columnist for The Times, and has been one of the longest-running economics editors in UK journalism, having started covering the sector in 2003. He is the author of the book on Bretton Woods, The Summit: The Biggest Battle Of The Second World War – Fought Behind Closed Doors (Little, Brown, 2014) and an economics guidebook, 50 Economics Ideas You Really Need to Know (Quercus, 2009). Ed is a governor of the National Institute for Economic and Social Research, and has lectured on the international monetary system at the London School of Economics, the US Treasury and many other forums.His new book, Material World: A Substantial Story of Our Past and Future, explores the history, future and importance of six crucial substances: sand, salt, iron, copper, oil and lithium.   LinksCheck out Material World here: out Oliver Rackham's The History of the Countryside here: Hans Eric Meilin's research on the real rates of lithium recycling: Related EpisodesEpisode 16 - Dr Kandeh K. Yumkella: "Sustainable Energy for All": 92 - Simon Morrish: "650 Leagues of HVDC Under the Sea": 142 - Alex Grant: "Metals Refining - From Mining to Brining":    
1/10/20241 hour, 15 minutes, 52 seconds
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The Second Coming of the Lord Turner - Ep148: Lord Adair Turner

For a second consecutive year-closer, Michael welcomes Lord Adair Turner of Ecchinswell back to Cleaning Up. Lord Turner has combined careers in business, public policy and academia. He chairs the Energy Transitions Commission, a global coalition of major power and industrial companies, investors, environmental NGOs and experts working out achievable pathways to limit global warming to well below 2˚C by 2040 while stimulating economic development and social progress. He was chairman of the Institute for New Economic Thinking until January 2019, where he remains a Senior Fellow. He is Chairman of Chubb Europe and on the Advisory Board of Envision Energy, a Shanghai-based group focussed on renewable energy, batteries and digital systems.He became a cross bench member of the House of Lords in 2006.Amongst his business roles, Lord Turner was at McKinsey&Co (1982-1995); was Vice-Chairman of Merrill Lynch Europe (2000-2006) and a Non-Executive Director of a number of companies, including Standard Chartered plc (2006-2008). He is Senior Fellow at the Centre for Financial Studies (Frankfurt) and a Visiting Fellow at the People’s Bank of China School of Finance, Tsinghua University (Beijing). He writes regularly for Project Syndicate, and has published “Between Debt and the Devil” (Princeton 2015), and Economics after the Crisis (MIT 2012).He is a Trustee Emeritus of the British Museum, honorary fellow of The Royal Society, and received an Honorary Degree from Cambridge University in 2017.  Links Michael’s BNEF piece - Clean Hydrogen’s Missing Trillions:,a%20shortfall%20of%20over%2090%25Michael’s X thread on battery recycling: overview of the COP28 Global Stocktake: Guardian’s piece on Aramco’s Oil Demand Sustainability Program:  Related Episodes Lord of the Net Zero Transition – Ep 110: Lord Adair Turner: in Climate Leadership – Ep 2: Rachel Kyte: the Curtain on Climate Change Denial – Ep 141: Prof Naomi Oreske: Shipping the Easiest "Hard-to-Abate" Sector? - Ep143: Johannah Christensen: Bridgetown Initiator – Ep 145: Prof Avinash Persaud:
12/20/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 57 seconds
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Not the End of the World - Ep147: Dr Hannah Ritchie

Dr Hannah Ritchie is a data scientist and science communicator. Her focus is on the largest problems that shape our world, and how to solve them. Most of her work focuses on environmental sustainability, including climate change, energy, food and agriculture, biodiversity, air pollution and deforestation. She is Deputy Editor and Lead Researcher at Our World in Data, where, during the COVID-19 pandemic, she built the Our World in Data COVID-19 information dashboard. She is also a researcher at the Oxford Martin Programme in Global Development. Her new book, Not the End of the World, is out in January 2024.   Links Hannah’s TED talk – “Are We the Last Generation — or the First Sustainable One?”: Hannah’s WIRED piece – “Stop Telling Kids They’ll Die From Climate Change”: Rupert Read - How I talk with children about climate breakdown: Roger Hallam - Advice to Young People as they face Annihilation: Roger Hallam at the Oxford Union: Hannah’s new book – Not the End of the World:  Related Episodes "The Inconvenient Truth about Climate Science" - Ep93 with Roger Pielke : “Pushing Planetary Boundaries” – Ep49 with Johan Rockström: “Poet of the Low-Carbon Transition” – Ep13 with Morgan Bazilian:"Lord of the Net Zero Transition" – Ep110 with Adair Turner: “From Moore's Law to Moo's Law” – Ep136 Jim Mellon:  
12/13/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 34 seconds
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Tackling Super Pollutants - Ep146: Jason Anderson

This week, Bryony speaks with Jason Anderson, Senior Program Director at ClimateWorks, who oversees the Governance & Diplomacy and Super Pollutant programs. His work spans efforts ranging from implementing the Paris Agreement to cleaning up dirty shipping and preventing methane leakage. Jason has over 25 years of experience in climate and clean energy, beginning in the solar energy conversion office at the U.S. Department of Energy, which led him to promote photovoltaics for rural electrification in Central America. Jason then worked in a range of climate organizations in Brussels for 15 years, ranging from Climate Action Network Europe to the Institute for European Environmental Policy to the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF). Jason was a lead author of the IPCC special reports on ozone and climate interactions, and on carbon capture and storage; in 2007 Jason was acknowledged for his contribution to the IPCC’s Nobel Peace Prize. Jason holds a Masters in Public Policy degree and a Masters in Science in energy and resources from the University of California Berkeley, and a degree in biological anthropology from Harvard University.   Links  Climateworks Governance & Diplomacy Program which Jason oversees: COP 28 Website: Read a summary of the 1987 Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer: Read the US EPA’s summary of 2016 Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol: Explore the Climate and Clean Air Coalition’s work on short-lived climate pollutants: Read about the Environmental Defense Fund’s new MethaneSAT: Explore the Global Methane Pledge:  Related Episodes Episode 143: Johannah Christensen – Is Shipping the Easiest “Hard-to-Abate” Sector? -  
12/6/202356 minutes, 48 seconds
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The Bridgetown Initiator - Ep145: Prof Avinash Persaud

Professor Avinash Persaud is special envoy to the Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley and emeritus professor at Gresham College in the UK. He, along with PM Mottley, helped design the Bridgetown Initiative in 2022 which laid out a path for reforming and ramping up the mobiliisation of climate finance to the developing world. The initiative has gathered vast international support and he’s heading to COP28 in Dubai to work on advancing the climate development agenda.His career spreads across finance, academia and public policy, including positions as a former senior executive of J.P. Morgan, UBS, State Street, chairman of the CARICOM Commission on the Economy, chairman of the regulatory sub-committee of the UN Commission on Financial Reform and chairman of the Warwick Commission on International Financial Reform, Visiting Scholar at the IMF and a former Governor of the London School of Economics.  Related EpisodesEpisode 2 with Rachel Kyte: LinksRead an initial press release of the Bridgetown Initiative: a summary of the Bridgetown Initiative’s key demands: PM Mottley’s speech to COP27, outlining the need for the Bridgetown Initiatve: the COP28 website: https://www.cop28.comRead this report on the difficult path ahead to a new loss-and-damage fund agreement at COP28: 
11/29/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 59 seconds
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Iron-Air Man - Ep144: Mateo Jaramillo

Mateo Jaramillo is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Form Energy, a company developing, commercializing, and manufacturing breakthrough low-cost, multi-day energy storage solutions that will enable the electric system to be 100% renewably powered. Mr. Jaramillo was formerly Vice President of Products and Programs for Tesla’s stationary storage business, an effort he started. In that role, he was responsible for Tesla Energy’s product line and business model definition, as well as global policy and business development. Mr. Jaramillo joined Tesla in 2009 as the Director of Powertrain Business Development, serving as commercial lead and primary negotiator on over $100M in new development and $500M in production contracts signed for electric powertrain sales. Prior to Tesla, Mr. Jaramillo was Chief Operating Officer and part of the founding team at Gaia Power Technologies, a pioneering distributed energy storage firm. Mr. Jaramillo serves on the Board of Directors for the American Clean Power Association, the leading federation of renewable energy companies expediting the advancement of clean energy as the dominant power source in America. He earned his AB in economics from Harvard and a Masters in Theology from Yale Divinity School. Links Forbes write-up of Form: PBS write-up of Form: Balkan Green Energy News’ critical analysis of iron-oxide battery technology: Assessment of SDES and LDES and current technologies: Related Episodes Episode 122 with Sir Chris-Llewellyn-Smith:  
11/22/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 37 seconds
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Is Shipping the Easiest "Hard-to-Abate" Sector? - Ep143: Johannah Christensen

This week, Bryony’s guest is Johannah Christensen, CEO of the Global Maritime Forum. The GMF is an international not-for-profit organization, committed to shaping the future of global seaborne trade to increase sustainable long-term economic development and human wellbeing. To do so, it facilitates a wide variety of initiatives and convenes key stakeholders at the Annual Summit. Bryony met Johannah when she was working on shipping for the Environmental Defense Fund. Before becoming CEO in 2021, she was Managing Director, Head of Projects and Programmes, also at GMF. She was also previously a Programme Manager at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Johannah has a BSc in Business Administration and Modern Languages from Aarhus University and and MSc in Economics and Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School.   Links The Global Maritime Forum’s Website: Professor Jim Hansen’s recent paper on aerosol pollution and climate: An article from Oxford’s Smith School on CFDs for shipping: Michael’s most recent version of his famous “Hydrogen Ladder”: The IMO’s new strategy on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in shipping: The announcement of the next IMO summit in Tokyo:     
11/15/202350 minutes, 48 seconds
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Metals Refining - From Mining to Brining: Ep 142 - Alex Grant

This week, Michael is back in the host seat to talk to Alex Grant all about the groundbreaking work going on at Magrathea Metals. Alex is co-founder and CEO at Magrathea, developing a new generation of electrolytic technology for making magnesium metal. He was a Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree in Energy for 2021, and former Lithium Partner at Minviro where he built environmental impact models of lithium-ion battery supply chain mineral and metal conversion processes including the first embodied carbon model for Tesla's batteries. Alex co-founded Lilac Solutions, a lithium extraction technology company. Alex has an M.S. from Northwestern University in Chemical Engineering and a B.Eng. from McGill University in Chemical Engineering & Philosophy. He is based in beautiful San Francisco, California.  Links: Explore Magrathea’s website: Read about Magrathea’s $10mil seed round: Read a deep-dive into Magneisum’s characteristics, production techniques and recent developments: Read Alex’s white paper - Magnesium as the Metal of Dematerialization:
11/8/202344 minutes, 46 seconds
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Lifting the Curtain on Climate Change Denial - Ep 141: Prof Naomi Oreskes

This week, Michael has invited his good friend Baroness Bryony Worthington to guest-host Cleaning Up! Bryony was the lead author of the UK’s ground-breaking 2008 Climate Change Act, and is now on sabbatical from her role in the House of Lords, where she has been scrutinising legislation. She’s now over in California. See the shownotes below for a link to her appearance on Cleaning Up (episode 25!) Bryony is interviewing Naomi Oreskes, Henry Charles Lea Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University. A world-renowned earth scientist, historian and public speaker, she is the author of the best-selling book, Merchants of Doubt (2010) and a leading voice on the role of science in society, the reality of anthropogenic climate change, and the role of disinformation in blocking climate action. Her new book, with Erik Conway, is The Big Myth: How American Business Taught Us to Loathe Government and Love the Free Market, published by Bloomsbury Press. Links: Read Naomi and Erik’s 2010 book Merchants of Doubt How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming here: Naomi’s 2013 book Plate Tectonics: An Insider's History Of The Modern Theory Of The Earth here: Naomi and Erik’s 2014 book The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View From the Future here: Read Naomi’s 2019 book Why Trust Science? here: Read Naomi and Erik’s brand new book The Big Myth: How American Business Taught Us to Loathe Government and Love the Free Market here: Read Naomi’s 2004 paper The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change here: Read the DeSmog article on heat pump disinformation here:  Related Episodes:Check out Bryony’s appearance on Cleaning Up here:  Guest Bio Naomi Oreskes is Henry Charles Lea Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University. A world-renowned earth scientist, historian and public speaker, she is the author of the best-selling book, Merchants of Doubt (2010) and a leading voice on the role of science in society, the reality of anthropogenic climate change, and the role of disinformation in blocking climate action. Oreskes is author or co-author of 9 books, and over 150 articles, essays and opinion pieces, including Merchants of Doubt (Bloomsbury, 2010), The Collapse of Western Civilization (Columbia University Press, 2014), Discerning Experts (University Chicago Press, 2019), Why Trust Science? (Princeton University Press, 2019), and Science on a Mission: American Oceanography from the Cold War to Climate Change, (University of Chicago Press, 2021). Merchants of Doubt, co-authored with Erik Conway, was the subject of a documentary film of the same name produced by participant Media and distributed by SONY Pictures Classics, and has been translated into nine languages. A new edition of Merchants of Doubt, with an introduction by Al Gore, was published in 2020. Her new book, with Erik Conway, is The Big Myth: How American Business Taught Us to Loathe Government and Love the Free Market, published by Bloomsbury Press
10/25/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 33 seconds
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Power of Data, Data of Power - Ep 140: Quentin Draper Scrimshire

This week, Michael’s guest is Quentin Draper-Scrimshire, co-founder and CEO of Modo Energy. Modo, founded in 2019, are accelerating the energy transition by enabling companies to make better, data-backed decisions hyper-focused on energy storage. Modo is used by 75% of participants in the GB market, with over 3000 subscribers. Quentin was formerly Head of Energy Storage at KiWi Power Ltd.  Links: You can read the National Grid’s explainer on battery storage here: Watch Michael's appearance on Modo: The Podcast here: The Modo Website: Read a write-up of Modo's recent fundraising round: Explore Modo's research, including technology explainers: Related Episodes: Watch Episode 32 with Greg Jackson here: Watch Episode 104 with Yanis Varoufakis here:  Guest Bio Quentin Draper-Scrimshire is co-founder and CEO of Modo Energy which enables companies to make better, data-backed decisions hyper-focused on energy storage. Prior to co-founding Modo, he was Head of Energy Storage at KiWi Power and, before that, enjoyed a long stint at Centrica where he worked as engineer across a range of energy systems, including oil and gas, wind, and energy storage. Quentin holds a Master’s degree in Engineering from the University of Manchester.
10/18/202339 minutes, 33 seconds
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The Dane who Harnessed the Wind - Ep 139: Henrik Stiesdal

This week, Michael’s guest is Henrik Stiesdal, former CTO of Siemens Gamesa and a pioneer of wind turbine technology. Nicknamed "The Godfather of Wind", this Danish inventor is behind many of the sector's most important innovations. He is responsible for over 175 inventions and is named in over 1,000 patents. Today, he runs Stiesdal, a startup which innovates in floating offshore turbine foundations, thermal power storage and hydrogen. Links: Henrik was profiled in The New York Times in May: Henrik featured in Offshore Engineer in 2022: Discover more about Henrik’s company, Stiesdal: Purchase The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind:  Related Episodes: Watch Episode 130 with Paddy Padmanathan here: Watch Episode 128 with Prof. Bent Flyvbjerg here:  Guest Bio Henrik Stiesdal is Founder, Chief Technical Officer and Board Member at Stiesdal, who are committed to developing and commercializing technologies with high impact on climate change mitigation. Henrik is a wind power pioneer: having built his first test turbine in 1976, Henrik sold the license to commercial design to Vestas in 1979, kick-starting today’s wind industry. Henrik was Technical Manager of Bonus Energy from 1988, then CTO of Siemens Wind Power from 2004-2014. Henrik installed the world’s first offshore wind farm in 1991, and holds more than 1000 patents.
10/4/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 17 seconds
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Ep138: Carine Smith Ihenacho "Inside the World's Biggest Investor"

This week, Michael’s guest is Carine Smith Ihenacho, Chief Governance and Compliance Officer at Norges Bank Investment Group. NBIM operate the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund, created to ensure responsible and long-term management of revenue from Norway’s vast oil and gas resources. The fund is the largest single owner in the world’s stock markets, and since her appointment in 2020, Carine has been outspoken in calling for robust emissions targets and climate risk reporting among its portfolio companies. Links and Related EpisodesRead NBIM’s 2025 Climate Action Plan: 2025 Climate action plan | Norges Bank Investment Management ( NBIM's Annual Report 2022: can read NBIM's investment mandate for the Government Pension Fund Global here: Read the statement made by NBIM's CEO Nicolai Tangen at the hearing of the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs of the Storting (Norwegian parliament) in April 2023: Guardian: World’s biggest investment fund warns directors to tackle climate crisis or face sack: Norway’s $1.4tn oil fund to step up ESG proposals to US companies: Former Norwegian PM Jens Stoltenberg on “Avoiding the Oil Curse”: Guest BioCarine was appointed Chief Governance and Compliance Officer at Norges Bank Investment Management in 2020. She joined the company in August 2017 as Global Head of Ownership Strategies and was promoted to Chief Corporate Governance Officer in January 2018. Carine is responsible for ownership and responsible investment activities, control and operational risk, compliance and legal services.Prior to joining Norges Bank Investment Management, Carine was Vice President Legal and Chief Compliance Officer in Statoil ASA. She has more than 20 years’ experience as a lawyer, working in both financials and the oil and gas industry, as well as in law firms. She also has extensive board experience.Carine holds a law degree from the University of Oslo, a Master of Law from Harvard Law School and a Master of Economics from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH).
9/20/202349 minutes, 38 seconds
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Ep137: Anya Hindmarch "Bags of Sustainability"

Cleaning Up is back for its 10th season, and to start proceedings in style, Michael's first guest is Anya Hindmarch. Anya is one of Britain’s most celebrated fashion designers and a leading voice in the industry on sustainability. Anya started her business in London in 1987 and now has 16 stores worldwide, as well as her own retail village in Pont Street, Chelsea. With the launch of her I’m Not a Plastic Bag totes in 2007, she helped kick-start a country-wide debate around single-use plastics, and this year Anya is collaborating with leading supermarkets again to prevent plastics pollution in style. In 2017 Anya was awarded a CBE, and in 2019 she became a Greenpeace Ambassador.  Links and Related EpisodesRead about the impact of the original ‘I’m Not a Plastic Bag’ campaign: can read Anya Hindmarch’s pledges to sustainability and more here: Industry: Anya Hindmarch brings circular shopping bags back with Tesco and Morrison’s: Fashion’s sustainability reckoning: Guest BioAnya Hindmarch founded her business in London in 1987 and it has since grown into a global brand. Today, it is as known for its luxury, organisation-obsessed accessories as it is for its ground-breaking work in sustainability and its playful experiential retail concepts. I Am A Plastic Bag was launched in 2020 to tackle post-consumer waste, with each bag crafted from 32 half-litre recycled plastic bottles. 2007’s I’m A Plastic Bag ignited the debate around the use of plastic bags and contributed to the decision to charge for plastic bags in the UK. In 2021, Anya launched The Universal Bag, a unique collaboration with supermarkets to rethink the reusable shopping bag.Anya is an Emeritus trustee of both the Royal Academy of Arts and the Design Museum. In 2017, Anya was awarded a CBE in recognition for her contribution to the British fashion industry. In 2021, Anya published her first book, If In Doubt Wash Your Hair.
9/6/202359 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ep136: Jim Mellon "From Moore's Law to Moo's Law"

This week's guest on Cleaning Up is entrepreneur, author and philanthropist Jim Mellon. Jim is Executive Director at Agronomics, one of the world’s leading investors in cellular agriculture, or lab-grown meat. Bypassing traditional agricultural methods with precision fermentation could have huge implications for CO2 emissions and the climate, and in 2020 Jim wrote Moo’s Law as a guide for fellow investors into what he calls the "new agrarian revolution."Jim and Michael discuss the latest developments in cellular agriculture - from pet food to leather goods and restaurant-grade sushi - and how far we are from finding lab-grown products on our supermarket shelves.  Links and Related EpisodesWatch Episode 110 with Lord Adair Turner: Agronomics and their portfolio companies here: more about Moo’s Law here: Jim’s children’s book, Juno’s Ark, here: spoke to Bloomberg’s In The City podcast in April about Britain’s economic health: Guest BioJim worked in Asia and the United States at two fund management companies, GT and Thornton, before establishing his own business in 1991. This business continues today, but Jim no longer works as a fund manager and is instead focused on biotech, clean food and property, with other business interests managed by his family office, the Burnbrae Group. Jim has a special interest in health resilience and longevity science, and is the co-founder of Juvenescence, a company investing in the development of therapies for ageing and the diseases of ageing. Jim also co-founded Agronomics Limited in 2011, an investment company focused on opportunities within the nascent industry of environmentally-friendly and cruelty-free modern foods.Jim holds a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oriel College, Oxford, where he is an honorary fellow and supports the Mellon Scholarship in Ageing and Cell Senescence. 
7/26/202351 minutes, 50 seconds
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Ep135: Kim Zou "The Climate Venture Adventure"

This week on Cleaning Up, Michael welcomes Kim Zou, CEO and co-founder of CTVC (Climate Tech VC). Launched in 2020, CTVC is a leading climate innovation resource and newsletter with 50,000 weekly readers, providing data-driven insights and analysis into the latest deals and developments in climate tech. CTVC launched their H1 2023 climate funding update at the end of June, reporting a 40% drop in venture funding. Michael wanted to hear from Zoe whether this was a moment of crisis or correction, and to compare notes on building a market intelligence platform, having jumped through so many of the same hoops building New Energy Finance. Make sure you like, subscribe, and share Cleaning Up. We're growing fast on LinkedIn, and we'd love for you tell your professional network about us: You can find everything you need to keep up with Cleaning Up here:  Links and Related EpisodesAll of the episodes mentioned by Michael at the end of the show can be found in our “Women Leaders of the Net-Zero Transition” playlist on YouTube: You can subscribe to CTVC here: Read CTVC’s H1 2023 climate tech funding update:,35%25%20from%20H2'22. CTVC’s Climate Capital Stack is here: In May CTCV announced their new climate intelligence platform: Kim and co-founder Sophie Purdom spoke to Techonomy in September 2022:  Guest Bio Kim has spent the last three years building Climate Tech VC, a leading source on climate and innovation with 50,000 weekly readers among climate investors, operators and market leaders. CTVC generates data-driven insights on the climate tech market which have been featured in channels including Bloomberg, Reuters, Financial Times, and TechCrunch. From 2020-2022, Kim was an Investor at Energy Impact Partners, a $2.5B AUM venture capital firm, and from 2018 – 2020, an Investment Banking Analyst at JP Morgan. From 2017 – 2019, Kim was Managing Partner at A-Level Capital. Kim holds a bachelor’s degree from John Hopkins University in Economics, Environmental Science and Applied Mathematics.
7/19/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ep134: Chris Gadomski "Zaporizhzhia: Nuclear on the Front Lines"

This week’s guest on Cleaning Up is Chris Gadomski, Lead Nuclear Analyst at BloombergNEF and adjunct assistant professor at NYU’s Centre for Global Affairs. Chris joined Michael to discuss the unfolding situation at Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, which sits on the frontline of the Russian aggression against Ukraine and whose safety is a matter of mounting international concern.Make sure you like, subscribe, and share Cleaning Up. We're growing fast on LinkedIn, and we'd love for you tell your professional network about us: can find everything you need to keep up with Cleaning Up here: BioChris was appointed to lead New Energy Finance’s nuclear analysis team in 2008, which provides global analysis on critical topics from within the nuclear industry. Chris spent most of the previous three decades at SMIdirect as a business development and marketing consultant. There he advised a wide range of clients from the Government of Egypt to IBM on strategic planning, business development, corporate communications and policy initiatives. Chris is a faculty member of the Centre for Global Affairs at New York University where he teaches courses on Energy Policy, Energy and the Environment, and the Economics and Finance of Energy. Chris holds a BA from College of the Holy Cross, an MS from NYU’s Polytechnic School of Engineering and an MBA from Baruch College. Chris is a member of the United States Energy Association and the American Nuclear Society. Links and Related EpisodesWatch Episode 119 with Aneeqa Khan here: Episode 133 with Fatih Birol here:,efficiency%20and%20net%2Dzero%20pathways.Read the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) July 7th update on the situation at Zaporizhzhia: IAEA’s rolling updates on nuclear safety and security in Ukraine can be found here: New York Times on the evidence that Russia sabotaged Kakhovka Dam: on Ukraine’s warnings of nuclear disaster at Zaporizhzhia: 
7/12/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 59 seconds
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Ep133: Fatih Birol "The World's Preeminent Energy Economist"

This week’s guest is Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency and one of the world’s foremost energy economists. Fatih has been in-post since 2015, and is a returning guest to Cleaning Up, having appeared on Episode 28, all the way back in January 2021. Under Fatih’s leadership, the IEA has expanded its mandate to become a leading voice on clean energy technologies, energy efficiency and net-zero pathways.Few people have as clear a view on the entire energy sector as Fatih, so Michael headed to Paris and IEA HQ to hear insights on surging EV sales, the urgent need for grid modernization and expansion, and a reality-check on hydrogen's role on the path to net-zero. Make sure you like, subscribe, and share Cleaning Up. We're growing fast on LinkedIn, and we'd love for you tell your professional network about us: can find everything you need to keep up with Cleaning Up here: Links and Related EpisodesWatch Fatih’s first appearance on Episode 28 of Cleaning Up here: Episode 131 with Tzeporah Berman here: Fatih’s latest thought leadership here:“COP28 is a moment of truth for the oil and gas industry’s efforts on climate”:“Where things stand in the global energy crisis one year on”:’s official bio is available here: the IEA’s flagship 2021 report, Net Zero by 2050: the news:Time: Exclusive: IEA Head Fatih Birol Wants The Fossil Fuel Industry To Set Climate Targets: IEA chief calls for ‘serious self-criticism’ among EU’s nuclear opponents: Guest BioDr Fatih Birol has served as Executive Director of the IEA since 2015, taking up his current position after rising through the ranks of the IEA over two decades, from junior analyst to Chief Economist. He has been named in TIME's annual list of the world's 100 most influential people and by Forbes as one of the most influential people in the world of energy. He chairs the World Economic Forum’s (Davos) Energy Advisory Board. As Chief Economist at the IEA, he oversaw the World Energy Outlook series, the authoritative source for energy analysis and projections and flagship publication of the IEA. Fatih holds a BSc in Power Engineering from the Technical University of Istanbul, and an MSc and Ph.D. in Energy Economics from the Technical University of Vienna. Fatih is the recipient of numerous state decorations, including the French Legion of Honour and the Japanese Emperor’s Order of the Rising Sun. 
7/5/202345 minutes, 4 seconds
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Ep132: Jon Burke "Sustainable Street Fighter"

Make sure you like, subscribe, and share Cleaning Up. We're growing fast on LinkedIn, and we'd love for you tell your professional network about us: can find everything you need to keep up with Cleaning Up here: and Related Episodes Watch Episode 104 with Yanis Varoufakis: can read Michael's piece The Secret of Eternal Growth from 2018 here: wrote about the reality of 40C heatwaves coming to UK cities in 2022: called to nationalise the UK’s energy system in Big Issue in 2021: can read Jon's piece on Sadiq Khan in Architects' Journal  here: cites the book Into the Cool:  Energy Flow, Thermodynamics, and Life. Read more about it here: cites the work of Carly Ziter at Concordia University: BioJon Burke is Climate Change and Decarbonisation Lead at Gloucester City Council. From 2014 to 2020, Jon was Councillor for the London Borough of Hackney, where he was Cabinet Member for Energy, Sustainability, Transport and Public Realm. In the role, he oversaw the largest urban tree planting campaign in the UK, the roll-out of low-traffic neighbourhoods, and established the borough’s first publicly-owned energy company in a century. From 2012-2016, he was Senior Policy Advisory to the London Assembly’s Labour Group.Jon holds a degree in Civil Engineering from Liverpool John Moores University and an MA in Political Economy from the University of Manchester. He is a Chartered Environmentalist, and sits on the advisory board of Climate Emergency UK.
6/28/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 19 seconds
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Ep131: Tzeporah Berman "Canada's Controversial Queen of Green"

This week's guest on Cleaning Up is Tzeporah Berman. Tzeporah has been leading environmental campaigns in her native Canada and beyond for over thirty years. Today, she is Chair of the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty, and International Program Director at, the environmental organisation that she co-founded.Tzeporah was formerly co-director of Greenpeace’s Global Climate and Energy Program, and her success campaigning against fossil development has seen her dubbed “Canada’s Queen of Green”. Make sure you like, subscribe, and share Cleaning Up. We're growing fast on LinkedIn, and we'd love for you tell your professional network about us: can find everything you need to keep up with Cleaning Up here: and Related Episodes Watch Episode 45 with Catherine McKenna: Watch Tzeporah’s TED Talk on the “bad math” of the fossil-fuel industry: Find out more about here: Learn about the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative: Explore the Global Registry of Fossil Fuels: Bio Tzeporah Berman is an environmental campaigner and policy advisor. She is International Program Director at, the environmental organization that she co-founded (as ForestEthics), and Chair of the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty. At she works to help develop strategies for the Amazon, shipping, fashion, pipeline, LNG and old growth forests campaigns. As co-director of Greenpeace’s Global Climate and Energy program, she led the creation of the Arctic campaign and a successful “Unfriend Coal” campaign to get Facebook, Apple, and others to switch from coal to renewable energy for their data centres. Tzeporah was one of the creators and lead negotiators of the Great Bear Rainforest agreement and the Canadian Boreal Forest Initiative. Her work has contributed to the protection of over 40 million hectares of old growth forests. In 2013 Tzeporah was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of British Columbia, and she was the 2019 recipient of the Climate Breakthrough Project Award. Tzeporah is Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies at York University, Canada. In 2021, she was arrested for blockading the logging of thousand-year-old trees in Fairy Creek, Vancouver Island.
6/21/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 39 seconds
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Ep130: Paddy Padmanathan "The Usain Bolt of Solar Power"

This week’s guest on Cleaning Up is Paddy Padmanathan, the person who may have done more than any other to usher in the age of low-cost renewables. As CEO of ACWA Power, Paddy was instrumental in reducing the cost of clean energy across the globe, continually breaking records for the price at which solar power could be delivered. From 2004 until his departure earlier this year, Paddy led the company from startup to energy giant, with an investment value of $62.6 billion. More recently, Paddy is co-founder of both Xlinks and new venture Zhero BV, developing renewable power and hydrogen projects. Michael and Paddy discussed what it took to deliver solar at a price previously thought impossible, the importance of pricing investment risk in the developing world correctly, and Paddy’s vision for a faster, more interconnected path to net-zero around the globe. Make sure you like, subscribe, and share Cleaning Up. We're growing fast on LinkedIn, and we'd love for you tell your professional network about us: can find everything you need to keep up with Cleaning Up here:  Links and Related Episodes Watch Episode 92 with Simon Morrish, CEO of Xlinks: Watch Episode 124 with Damilola Ogunbiyi: Watch Episode 126 with Marco Alverà: Watch Episode 128 with Prof. Bent Flyvbjerg: Read Michael’s latest piece for BloombergNEF on the electrification of heat here: Guest Bio Paddy Padmanathan is a seasoned engineering and energy expert with over 40 years of experience. As CEO of ACWA Power, he spearheaded its expansion from startup in 2004 to a leading private developer, owner and operator of power generation and desalinated water production plants. Headquartered in Saudi Arabia, the company now has a portfolio of 62 assets with an investment value of USD 62.6 billion, producing 38.9 GW of power. Prior to joining ACWA Power, Paddy was Vice President and Corporate officer at Black and Veatch, where he was responsible for developing privately financed power, water and wastewater projects in over a dozen countries. Paddy also serves on the Board of Directors of several companies involved in the power and water development sector across the globe, including Zhero BV, Xlinks, Ltd., and Desolenator BV. Paddy holds an engineering degree from the University of Manchester and a postgraduate qualification in civil engineering from the University of Lancaster.  
6/14/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 22 seconds
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Ep129: Matt Ferrell "Cleaning Up vs Still TBD"

This week’s guest on Cleaning Up is Matt Ferrell. Matt is host of the hugely popular Undecided YouTube channel and the podcast Still to be Determined, both of which explore the impact of smart and sustainable technologies on our daily lives.Matt and Michael discuss how they came to focus on the net-zero transition from different starting points, why hydrogen is so divisive, the joys and perils of going net-zero at home, and share their predictions for the coming years in the energy sector.Make sure you like, subscribe, and share Cleaning Up. We're growing fast on LinkedIn, and we'd love for you tell your professional network about us: You can find everything you need to keep up with Cleaning Up here: Links and Related Episodes Explore Undecided on YouTube here: Listen to Still To Be Determined here: During the conversation, Michael cites his piece from 2018, Two Business Cycles to Prepare for A Low-Carbon World: Guest Bio Matt is UI/UX designer and Creative Director with over 15 years of management experience. Matt started Undecided with Matt Ferrell in 2018 and has since amassed over a million subscribers for his videos on EVs, solar panels, renewable energy and smart home technology, and the ways in which they are set to impact the lives of consumers. Matt was Senior Creative Director at GSN from 2015-2018, where he was creative lead on one of the world’s top skill-gaming web and mobile platforms, WorldWinner. Matt holds a BA in English – Communication and Information Design from Nazareth College and an MA in Media Arts from Emerson College.  
5/31/202354 minutes, 54 seconds
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Ep128: Prof. Bent Flyvbjerg "How Big Things (Should) Get Done"

This week’s guest on Cleaning Up is Bent Flyvbjerg. Bent is Emeritus Professor at the University of Oxford and is the most cited scholar in the world on the subject of megaprojects. Bent’s latest book, released this year, is How Big Things Get Done, on the science of successful project delivery. Michael and Bent discussed the many, substantial implications of Bent’s research for the net-zero transition, including the stark fact that solar and wind projects sit at the top of the tree when it comes to arriving on time and on budget, with nuclear languishing at the very bottom. Make sure you like, subscribe, and share Cleaning Up. We're growing fast on LinkedIn, and we'd love for you tell your professional network about us: You can find everything you need to keep up with Cleaning Up here:  Links and Related Episodes Bent’s latest book is How Big Things Get Done: Episode 58 with John Redfern, CEO of Eavor: Episode 92 with Simon Morrish, CEO of Xlinks: Episode 116 with Tom Samson, former CEO of Rolls Royce SMR: Episode 122 with Professor Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith: Guest Bio Bent is among the most cited scholars in the world on Project Management, Planning, Infrastructure and Cities. He has 30 years of experience as an adviser to government and business, including the US, UK, and Chinese governments and Fortune 500 companies. He has consulted on some of the largest projects in the world, from High-Speed 2 in the UK and the California High-Speed Rail project, each the largest civil construction project ever in their respective countries. Bent is the author or editor of 10 books and more than 200 papers, translated into 20 languages, including Megaprojects and Risk: An Anatomy of Ambition (2014) and this year’s How Big Things Get Done. He has received numerous honours and awards, among them a knighthood and two Fulbright scholarships. Bent is chairman of Oxford Global Projects, and was formerly the Academic Director of Oxford's MSc in Major Programme Management. 
5/24/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ep127: Emily Kirsch "The Clean Tech Network Effect"

This week’s guest on Cleaning Up is Emily Kirsch, Founder and CEO of Powerhouse and Managing Partner of Powerhouse Ventures. Powerhouse, based out of Oakland, California, is an innovation firm that pairs startups in clean energy, mobility, and climate with some of the world’s largest corporations and investors. Emily is also managing partner of Powerhouse Ventures, directly backing seed-stage start-ups innovating on decarbonization. Michael and Emily spoke about building Powerhouse and adding value to its huge startup database, some of the hits from Powerhouse Ventures' first funding round, and ended with a wider discussion about the role of VCs - and pioneering women - on the path to net-zero. Make sure you like, subscribe, and share Cleaning Up. We're growing fast on LinkedIn, and we'd love for you tell your professional network about us: You can find everything you need to keep up with Cleaning Up here: Links and Related Episodes Learn more about Powerhouse here: Michael appeared on Emily’s podcast, Watt It Takes, back in 2021: Watch Episode 9 with Jigar Shah here: Watch Episode 18 with Nancy Pfund here: Watch Episode 47 with Gina Domanig here: Bio Emily is Founder & Managing Partner of Powerhouse Ventures, and Founder & CEO of Powerhouse. Prior to launching Powerhouse in 2013, Kirsch worked with Van Jones to launch the Green Jobs Corps, Oakland’s first ‘green jobs’ training program. She is the founding convener of the Oakland Climate Action Coalition, which drafted and secured passage of what was at the time the most ambitious climate action plan of any U.S. city. Emily is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader Fellow, served on the Executive Committee for Clean Energy for President Biden, and appeared on the San Francisco Business Times’ 2020 list of the “Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business.” Emily hosts the podcast Watt It Takes, which has over 1 million downloads and has featured founders of some of the energy and automotive industries’ most iconic companies like Nest, Sunrun, and Tesla. Emily studied Sustainable Urban Development at San Francisco State University.
5/17/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 9 seconds
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Ep126: Marco Alverà "Subsidies Everywhere All at Once"

Today’s guest on Cleaning Up is Marco Alverà, CEO of TES. TES are hoping to accelerate the clean energy transition by supplying green hydrogen at scale to clients in the mobility, industry and power sectors. TES’ first major project is Wilhelmshaven Green Energy Hub, which hopes to supply 250 TWh per year of carbon-neutral energy to Germany by 2045. By 2030, TES hope to have produced one million tonnes of what they call ENG, or electric natural gas, as a like-for-like replacement for LNG. Michael had plenty of questions about ENG, TES’ ambitious plans, and the generous subsidies they’re set to take advantage of through the US’ Inflation Reduction Act.Make sure you like, subscribe, and share Cleaning Up. We're growing fast on LinkedIn, and we'd love for you tell your professional network about us: You can find everything you need to keep up with Cleaning Up here:  Further Reading and Related EpisodesLearn more about TES here: plan to produce 5.5 million tonnes of hydrogen each year at Wilhelmshaven: Financial Times reported on TES’ latest funding round: New York Times wrote a profile on Marco late last year: Cleaning Up Episode 115 with Jorgo Chatzimarkakis here: Cleaning Up Episode 107 with David Cebon here: our whole Hydrogen playlist on YouTube here: all of our Audioblogs on YouTube here: Guest BioMarco has more than 20 years’ experience in the energy sector. He began his career working at Goldman Sachs before starting and selling a telecom company, and joining Enel, one of the world’s largest green electricity companies. He subsequently worked for Eni, the oil and gas major, for over 10 years in senior positions, and from 2016 to 2022 was CEO of Snam, where he positioned the company as an international leader in green gas and green gas infrastructure. Since 2017, Marco has been non-executive director of S&P Global, where he is also chair of the Finance Committee. Macro is also Co-Founder of Zhero, a company focused on developing new energy projects. Marco holds a degree in Philosophy and Economics from the London School of Economics, and is the author of The Hydrogen Revolution, one of the FT’s books of the year in 2021.
5/10/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 7 seconds
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Cleaning Up Audioblog Episode 10: The Next Half-Trillion-Dollar Market – Electrification of Heat

This week's episode is a recording of Michael's latest blog post for BloombergNEF:The Next Half-Trillion-Dollar Market – Electrification of HeatOur thanks to BloombergNEF for allowing us to record it and share it with our Cleaning Up audience.Make sure you like, subscribe, and share Cleaning Up. We're growing fast on LinkedIn, and we'd love for you tell your professional network about us: You can find everything you need to keep up with Cleaning Up here: 
5/3/202332 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ep125: Kirsty Gogan "Annual Update: All Things Nuclear"

This time on Cleaning Up, Michael welcomes Kirsty Gogan back to the show to update us on developments across the world of nuclear energy. Kirsty is co-CEO and founder of TerraPraxis, an NGO and climate solution accelerator, and a leading expert on nuclear power. It’s been three years since Kirsty’s last appearance on the show in August 2020, during which we’ve seen new reactors come online across the globe, as well as supply dropouts and wholesale nuclear phase-outs. Kirsty walked Michael through the headlines, as well the rise of SMR (Small Modular Reactor) technology and its potential applications. Michael and Kirsty end discussing whether nuclear is offering too little, too late on the path to net-zero in the coming decades, as renewables continue to rise to meet global energy demand. As a one-stop update on all things nuclear, today's Cleaning Up is not to be missed. Make sure you like, subscribe, and share Cleaning Up. We're growing fast on LinkedIn, and we'd love for you tell your professional network about us: You can find everything you need to keep up with Cleaning Up here:  Relevant Guest & Topic Links Read the European Commission JRC’s Technical assessment of nuclear energy: Watch Kirsty’s first appearance on Cleaning Up Episode 5: Watch Julia Pyke, Financing Director of Sizewell C on Episode 94 of Cleaning Up: Watch Tom Samson, former CEO of Rolls-Royce SMR on Episode 116 of Cleaning Up: Learn more about the work of TerraPraxis: Learn more about the work of LucidCatalyst:  Guest Bio Kirsty has more than 15 years’ experience as a senior advisor to Government on climate and energy policy, including 10 Downing St and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. Kirsty is managing partner of LucidCatalyst, a highly specialized international consultancy focused on large-scale, affordable, market-based decarbonization of the global economy. LucidCatalyst was recently commissioned to produce the widely cited  Energy Technologies Institute Nuclear Cost Drivers Study, and by ARPA-E to conduct a study on Cost and Performance Requirements for Flexible Advanced Nuclear Plants in Future U.S. Power Markets. 
Kirsty sits on the UK’s Nuclear Innovation Research and Advisory Board and the board of the Nuclear Innovation Alliance. In addition to being an authority on nuclear, Kirsty is an award-winning expert on science communication, climate change, and competitiveness. Kirsty is also co-founder and Global Director of Energy for Humanity (EFH), an environmental NGO focused on large-scale deep decarbonisation and energy access.
4/26/20231 hour, 14 minutes, 39 seconds
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Ep124: Damilola Ogunbiyi "Annual Update: Sustainable Energy for All"

Today’s guest on Cleaning Up is Damilola Ogunbiyi. Damilola is CEO of Sustainable Energy for All, the UN partner organization dedicated to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) – access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030. Damilola is a returning guest on Cleaning Up after first joining us for Episode 62 in 2021. She’s back to tell us how SEforAll is progressing in its mission to bring electricity to the whole world. After talking Michael through a raft of SEforAll’s new initiatives – across everything from clean cooking to carbon markets - Damilola ends with a passionate plea to change the conversation around the energy needs of the developing world:“What is happening is you're using a conversation of no fossil / fossil to fund nothing… The crux of it is, if you look at the money that's going in to Africa, 1.5% of all renewable investment? It's absurd, it is embarrassing.”Make sure you like, subscribe, follow and share Cleaning Up. We're growing fast on LinkedIn, and we'd love for you tell your professional network about us: can find everything you need to keep up with Cleaning Up here: Guest & Topic LinksLearn more about SEforAll’s mission: out more about the parameters of SDG7: and explore last year’s Energy Progress Report 2022: first featured on Episode 62 of Cleaning Up in 2021: Highlights from Episode 62 are available here: 118 of Cleaning Up featured Achim Steiner, Administrator of of UNDP and Co-chair of UN Energy alongside Damilola: episodes featuring Alain Ebobisse, Elizabeth Wathuti and Bill McKibben can all be found in our  Development playlist on YouTube: BioDamilola Ogunbiyi is the CEO of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All, and Co-Chair of UN-Energy. Before joining SEforAll, Damilola was the first female Managing Director of the Nigerian Rural Electrification Agency, where she initiated the Nigerian Electrification Project, a programme that to date has provided energy access to over 5 million people across NigeriaBefore joining the Federal Government of Nigeria, Damilola was the first female General Manager of the Lagos State Electricity Board. Under her leadership, five independent power projects were completed to deliver over 55 megawatts of power to Lagos State hospitals, schools, and government facilities.  Damilola is a member of the Global Leadership Council of the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet, an Advisory Board member of the Centre on Global Energy Policy, a member of the Development Advisory Council of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, a member of the Clean Cooking Alliance Advisory Board, a member of the Advisory Board of University of Oxford’s Future of Cooling Programme, and Co-Chair of UN–Energy.Damilola holds a bachelor’s degree in Project Management with Construction and a Master’s degree in Construction Management with Public Private Partnership from the University of Brighton. 
4/19/202357 minutes, 46 seconds
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Ep123: H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco "The Prince and the Planet"

Cleaning Up: Leadership in an Age of Climate Change has the great privilege of welcoming H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco to launch our ninth season.For our 123rd episode, Michael and Prince Albert have a wide-ranging and insightful discussion, on the work of the Prince Albert II Foundation to safeguard the planet and its oceans; the Prince's lineage and its deep connections to oceanography; the Prince's adventures and the awakening on climate they prompted; and the joys of success - and the perils of failure - in winter sports.The episode was recorded at the Palais Princier de Monaco. Cleaning Up would like to thank the Royal Household and all those inside and outside of the Palace who supported production of this special episode.As always, please like, share, and if you haven't already, subscribe to Cleaning Up. Relevant Guest & Topic LinksLearn more about the work of the Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco: Watch Cleaning Up Episode 7 with Bertrand Piccard here: Watch Cleaning Up Episode 96 with Aksel Lund Svindal here: Guest BioH.S.H. Prince Albert, Alexandre, Louis, Pierre, Sovereign Prince of Monaco,  was born on 14 March 1958. His Highness is the son of Prince Rainier III, Louis Henri-Maxence-Bertrand and Princess Grace, née Kelly. H.S.H. Prince Albert II succeeded his father, Prince Rainier III who died on 6h April 2005. On 12th July 2005, at the end of the period of official mourning, the Prince's accession to the throne was celebrated.In April 2006, H.S.H. Prince Albert II visited the North Pole by dog sled from the Russian base of Barneo 120 kilometres away. This journey was the opportunity for him to pay tribute to his great-great grandfather, Prince Albert I of Monaco, a pioneer of modern oceanography, who, in 1906, set out to Spitzberg, in the archipelago of Svalbard, the most successful of his four Arctic exploration campaigns. In January 2009, Prince Albert II of Monaco undertook a three-week scientific journey in the Antarctic. He visited a large number of scientific stations and visited the South Pole in the company of the explorer Mike Horn. In June 2006, H.S.H. the Prince set up the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation dedicated to protecting the environment. It encourages sustainable and fair management of natural resources and places man at the centre of its projects. It supports the implementation of innovative and ethical solutions in three broad areas: climate change, water and biodiversity.HSH the Prince participated in five Olympic Games, from Calgary in 1988 to Salt Lake City in 2002, as a member of the national bobsleigh team. A member of the International Olympic Committee since 1985, He is President of the Monegasque Olympic Committee.The Prince's complete biography can be found here:
4/12/202346 minutes, 26 seconds
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Ep122: Sir Chris Llewellyn-Smith "Solving for Storage"

This time on Cleaning Up, Michael hosts Professor Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith, one of the UK's greatest living physicists, for a fascinating and detailed dive into the UK's energy storage requirements as it moves towards a fully carbon-free grid. Sir Chris is Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford, and a former Director-General of CERN. At CERN he steered the funding and commissioning of its Large Hadron Collider, and as a theoretical particle physicist, Sir Chris predicted the existence of the very particle - the Higgs Boson - that the Large Hadron Collider went on to help discover. Sir Chris is likely the only person ever to have been knighted for "services to particle physics." In the last few years Sir Chris has been busy leading a forthcoming Royal Society study on large-scale energy storage as part of the net-zero transition. He and Michael discuss the significance of storage to a newly configured, renewable grid, the likely cost of stored electricity, and the role of salt caverns in hosting hydrogen stores. Relevant Guest & Topic Links Sir Chris discussed the energy storage requirements of a net-zero UK at a virtual conference in March 2020. His slides are available here: Discover more about Chris’ storied career here: Watch Episode 104 with Yanis Varoufakis here: Episode 115 with Jorgo Chatzimarkakis here: Episode 116 with Tom Samson here: Bio Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith FRS is a quantum field theorist and Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford. Chris was Director of Energy Research at Oxford from 2011 to 2017, Director of the UK's fusion programme (2003-2009), Provost and President of University College London (1998-2001), Director General of CERN (1994-1998) when the Large Hadron Collider was approved and construction started, and was the first Chairman of Oxford Physics (1987-1992).  Chris holds a BA in Physics with First Class Honours from the University of Oxford, as well as a D.Phil in Theoretical Physics. He holds honorary doctorates from universities in the UK, Spain, Canada and China. He was knighted in 2001 for “services to particle physics.” He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and was awarded their Royal Medal in 2015. Chris captained Oxford’s cross-country running team as an undergraduate in 1963. After completing his doctorate in 1967, Chris worked briefly in the Lebedev Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow.
3/22/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ep121: Prof. Rob Miller "Jet-Zero Hero"

Michael’s guest for Episode 121 of Cleaning Up is Rob Miller, Professor of Aerothermal Engineering at the University of Cambridge and Director of the Whittle Laboratory. The Whittle Laboratory is conducting world-leading research in pursuit of making net-zero aviation a reality. With the aviation sector looking set to be one of the hardest to abate in the net-zero transition, Michael wanted to know whether electrification or hydrogen represents the best chance to keep the world flying in sustainable fashion. Also on the agenda were the complexities of producing - and defining - sustainable airline fuel, and the scale of the risk posed by aircraft contrails. Relevant Guest & Topic Links The Aviation Impact Accelerator (AIA) is helping map pathways to net zero aviation: Explore the AIA’s Resource to Climate Comparison Evaluator (RECCE): Read about the plans for the new Whittle Laboratory: King Charles toured the Whittle Laboratory in 2020: BioRob Miller is professor of aerothermal technology and director of the Whittle Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. He is also director of the Rolls-Royce Whittle University Technology Centre in Cambridge. Rob is a member of the UK Department for Transport’s Science Advisory Council, the FlyZero Design Advisory Group, and a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2014 he set up and led the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Gas Turbine Aerodynamics. He led the team that pioneered rapid technology development, the process of reducing research and development times in aerospace from years to months or weeks. In 2020 he set up the Aviation Impact Accelerator (AIA), an international expert group aiming to build an interactive whole-system simulator to accelerate the journey to climate-neutral aviation.Rob’s honours include the Royal Academy of Engineering President's Special Awards for Pandemic Service, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Thomas Hawksley Gold Medal, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Air Breathing Propulsion Award, the American Society of Engineers IGTI Best Paper Award (2019, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2005) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers highest honour in the field, The Gas Turbine Award, four times (2019. 2015, 2014, 2010).
3/15/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ep120: Ana Hajduka "Enabling Africa's Green Energy Revolution"

Today on Cleaning Up, Michael's guest is CEO and Founder of Africa GreenCo, Ana Hajduka. Africa GreenCo provide a trading operation and guarantee scheme for power producers in Sub-Saharan Africa to enable and sustain renewable energy investment and development in the region. This episode coincided with International Women's Day, so as well as outlining Africa GreenCo's ambitions to promote renewable energy supply in Africa, Ana ended with some truly fascinating insights into what it takes to be a successful woman in the climate space.Relevant Guest & Topic Links Learn more about Africa GreenCo’s mission here: Sustainable development in Africa was discussed recently in Cleaning Up Episode 118 with Achim Steiner: Bridging the energy gap in Africa was one of the topics discussed in Cleaning Up Episode 62 with Damilola Ogunbiyi: Guest Bio Ana is qualified as a lawyer in both England & Wales and the State of New York and is an infrastructure and energy professional. Ana trained with Allen & Overy LLP and went on to work for Fulbright & Jaworski LLP and Trinity International LLP, advising on a diverse range of projects within the energy sector, predominately in Sub-Saharan Africa. Ana was involved in a number of renewable energy projects across sub-Saharan Africa and is an African IPP project finance and PPA risk allocation specialist. In March 2015, Ana was appointed by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) as the Team Leader responsible for a Project Team in charge of developing international renewable energy PPP standards as part of the Sustainable Energy for All agenda. Ana holds a degree in Law from University College London, studied for an LPC at the University of Oxford and holds an MSc in International History and International Relations from the London School of Economics.
3/8/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 29 seconds
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Ep 119: Dr Aneeqa Khan "Fusion Energy: The Materials Challenge"

This week on Cleaning Up, Michael welcomes Dr Aneeqa Khan, Manchester-ISIS Neutron and Muon Source Research Fellow in Nuclear Fusion.Aneeqa had insights to offer on the significance of the recent fusion breakthrough at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, some of the challenges facing nuclear scientists and engineers, and the race to bring a raft of fusion technologies to commercialisation and grid integration.Links and Related Episodes:Dr. Khan spoke to the New Statesman about fusion and the climate: Cleaning Up’s Nuclear playlist on YouTube, including Episode 29 with Steven Chu: Khan’s recent research output can be found here:, about Helion’s plasma accelerator: Up Episode 114 featured James DeMuth, CEO of Seurat Technologies: BioDr Khan has been Manchester-ISIS Neutron and Muon Source Research Fellow in Nuclear Fusion at the University of Manchester since 2019. Previously, she’s held postdoctoral positions at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Garching, Germany, and at ITER Organization in Saint-Paul-lès-Durance, France.Dr Khan holds a BEng in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of Manchester. Dr Khan’s areas of research interest include material deposition, irradiation effects and fuel retention. 
3/1/202355 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ep118: Achim Steiner "Sustaining Development"

This week on Cleaning Up, Michael welcomes Achim Steiner, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and co-chair of UN Energy. Michael had questions for Steiner on UNDP’s roster of initiatives, balancing climate priorities with development goals, and how to clear a path to financing billions of dollars of clean infrastructure in the midst of a global energy crisis.Like, share and subscribe to Cleaning Up for more essential conversations around the net zero transition. Links and Related Episodes: Learn more about UNDP: 120 countries are part of UNDP’s Climate Promise: UNDP’s Sustainable Finance Hub: of the episodes mentioned can be found in our ‘United Nations’ playlist on YouTube: Episode 98 with Bill McKibben: Episode 59 with Alain Ebobissé: BioAchim Steiner became Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme in 2017, and is also the Vice-Chair of the UN Sustainable Development Group. Steiner has been a global leader on sustainable development, climate resilience and international cooperation for nearly three decades.Prior to joining UNDP, he was Director of the Oxford Martin School and Professorial Fellow of Balliol College, University of Oxford. He led the United Nations Environment Programme (2006-2016), and was Director-General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi. Steiner previously held positions including Director General of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, and Secretary General of the World Commission on Dams.Steiner graduated in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (MA) from Worcester College, Oxford University, and holds an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).
2/22/202351 minutes, 5 seconds
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Ep117: Dr. Nawal Al-Hosany "From Oil to Clean Energy - Bridging the Gulf"

This week on Cleaning Up, Michael welcomes Dr. Nawal Al-Hosany, UAE’s Permanent Representative to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), for a wide-ranging discussion on IRENA’s work promoting an equitable transition, the UAE’s emergence as a renewables superpower, and the significance of COP28 coming to the region later this year.Links and Related Episodes: Learn more about the International Renewable Energy Agency and its work: about IRENA and the UAE’s Beyond Food initiative: Nawal’s recent op-ed on the importance of climate education: the UAE mission to IRENA’s YouTube channel: Cleaning Up Episode 87 with Francesco La Camera: BioDr. Nawal Al-Hosany is the Permanent Representative of the UAE to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) as of April 2018. Previously, Dr. Al Hosany held the position of the Executive Director of Sustainability at Masdar, the international renewable energy leader based in Abu Dhabi. She also served as the Director of the Zayed Future Energy Prize for eight years between 2011-2018. Dr. Al-Hosany is an active member of various climate-focused boards and committees, including the advisory council of National Geographic magazine and the advisory Panel for the Momentum for Change initiative of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). She is a board member of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) and she serves as the Vice Chair for the Global Council of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).She graduated from the Faculty of Engineering at the UAE University in 1992 and obtained her PhD from Newcastle University in the UK in 2002. In July 2018, Dr. Al-Hosany was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Keele University in the UK in recognition for her achievements in the field of sustainability. Dr Al-Hosany has also received the “Arab Woman Award” and the “Emirates Business Women Award”.
2/15/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ep116: Tom Samson "Small Modular Reactors: Nuclear's Next Act?"

This week on Cleaning Up, Michael welcomes Tom Samson, CEO of Rolls-Royce SMR. Rolls-Royce SMR are among a raft of new companies innovating in the field of Small Modular Reactors, hoping to provide nuclear energy in smaller, more repeatable modules at a lower price point than traditional gigawatt-scale reactors. Michael had questions for Samson on nuclear’s “desperately poor track record” for price control, the practicalities of factory-building a nuclear reactor, and the feasibility of nuclear finding a role in an energy landscape full of increasingly cheap renewables. Like, subscribe and share for more insights and in-depth interviews from the front-line of the net-zero transition.Links and Related Episodes: Learn more about Rolls-Royce SMR: Watch a walkthrough of Rolls-Royce SMR’s nuclear technology here: Watch Cleaning Up Episode 5 with Kirsty Gogan, “Fighting for Nuclear”: Watch Cleaning Up Episode 94 with Julia Pyke, “The Fight for GW Nuclear”: Watch Cleaning Up Episode 74 with Francesco Starace: Watch Cleaning Up Episode 97 with Julio Freidmann: Guest Bio Tom Samson is the CEO of Rolls-Royce SMR Limited. He has over 30 years of experience in the power industry in various senior level executive positions in the UK and internationally. Samson joined Marubeni Corporation in 2009, where he undertook a number of CEO and Board-level assignments in the UAE and USA. Samson was appointed Chief Operating Officer for ENEC in the UAE in 2012, where he helped establish Nawah Energy as the operator of Barakah, the first nuclear power plant in the region. Samson was appointed CEO and Board member at NuGeneration Ltd in 2015, which was responsible for developing a new nuclear power station at Moorside in Cumbria. In early 2020 Samson joined Rolls-Royce to lead their SMR Consortium and is a Board Member of Rolls-Royce SMR Limited. Samson holds a degree from Edinburgh Napier University in Energy Engineering. Samson began his career as a Chartered Engineer at GEC Alstom designing combined cycle gas-fired power plants.
2/8/202356 minutes, 16 seconds
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Ep115: Jorgo Chatzimarkakis "Europe's Hydrogen Pusher"

This week, Michael invites Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, CEO of Hydrogen Europe, to debate the importance of hydrogen in powering Europe and the world towards a decarbonized economy. Hydrogen Europe is an industry association of more than 400 members that promotes the role of hydrogen in reaching carbon neutrality in Europe. Chatzimarkakis holds hydrogen to be the miracle molecule of the transition, while Michael’s Hydrogen Ladder has a far narrower view of its likely uses on the path to net zero. What follows is a comprehensive, robust – and at moments, fierce - discussion of hydrogen in the transition, covering electrolyzers, fertilizers, freight, transportation and heating, as well as following the “pots of money” behind hydrogen infrastructure and lobbying in Europe. Spark more healthy debate around net zero pathways by liking and sharing the episode, and don’t forget to subscribe. Relevant Guest & Topic Links: Learn more about Hydrogen Europe: HE’s Hydrogen Act (2021) lays out a roadmap for a ‘European Hydrogen Economy’: HE’s Clean Hydrogen Monitor (2022) provides an overview of the European hydrogen market: Explore Michael’s Hydrogen Ladder here: President von der Leyen’s speech at the European Parliament Plenary on December 15th 2022: Watch Cleaning Up Episode 111 with Dan Yergin here: Watch Episode 88 with Patrick Graichen here: Guest Bio:Chatzimarkakis was a Member of European Parliament from 2004 until 2014 for Germany’s Free Democratic Party (FDP), serving on the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy among others. From 1999 to 2004, Chatzimarkakis was Managing Partner at Polit Data Concept, a public affair consultancy, and served as a Science Policy Officer at Germany’s Bundestag from 1995 to 1998. Chatzimarkakis holds an MA from the University of Bonn in Political Science. He has held positions as a lecturer at University Duisberg Essen and Saarland University.
2/1/20231 hour, 22 minutes, 29 seconds
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Ep114: James DeMuth "Disrupting Manufacturing with Laser Printing"

This week on Cleaning Up, Michael is joined by James DeMuth. James is co-founder and CEO of Seurat Technologies, a specialist in 3D metal printing, or Additive Manufacturing. With their own licensed laser technology, their aim is to decarbonize traditional, emissions-intensive manufacturing processes by competing with them, and ultimately, displacing them. Relevant Guest & Topic James is evangelical about the potential of Seurat’s technology to transform the manufacturing industry for the better:“Our goal is to make hardware production as simple to do and as cheap to produce as it is to write code and software... I don't think we have any concept, at all, for the explosion in applications that we would see when that happens.” Relevant Guest & Topic Links:Area Printing Explained Seurat Technologies Inc. The Economist on Seurat and Additive Manufacturing Seurat’s 2024 plans for a 100,000-square-foot factory A comprehensive look at Seurat’s approach to additive manufacturing Why the name?  Guest Bio: Since co-founding Seurat in 2015, DeMuth has served as the company’s CTO, and as of 2020, their CEO. DeMuth spent six years at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, as a Research Associate, then as a Mechanical Engineer working in Advanced Manufacturing and Fusion Energy. At LLNL, DeMuth worked on power generation, additive manufacturing technologies, and the Laser Inertial Fusion Energy (LIFE) Engine. DeMuth holds a BSc from Santa Clara University in Mechanical Engineering, and an MA from Stanford University in Mechanical Engineering.
1/25/202352 minutes, 11 seconds
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Ep113 Jonathan Maxwell 'Checkpoint 2023: Energy Efficiency Investment'

This week’s episode of Cleaning Up sees the return of Jonathan Maxwell, Founder and CEO of Sustainable Development Capital Limited (SDCL), one of the world’s biggest investors in energy efficiency. Jonathan is back for the first in a series of 'checkpoints' on Cleaning Up, as we invite guests back to the show to give an update on their sector or specialism on the path to net zero. Guest Bio: investment trust investing exclusively in energy efficiency - Sustainable Energy Efficiency Income Trust (SEEIT). Jonathan chairs the Trust’s Investment Committee.Jonathan has over two decades of experience in the financial sector – he spent early days of his career at HSBC Infrastructure and led the IPO process of HICL Infrastructure Company (formerly HSBC Infrastructure Company) – one of the biggest infrastructure funds listed on the London Stock Exchange.In 2007 he founded Sustainable Development Capital (SDCL), a boutique investment firm specializing in clean energy, energy efficiency and decentralised energy infrastructure projects. He has led the company ever since as the CEO. Jonathan holds a degree in Modern History from Oxford University.View: Relevant Guest & Topic Links:Find out more about SDCL: out more about SDCL: Explore LLNL's flowcharts, or Sankey diagrams: See last year's flowchart's produced by BEIS detailing UK energy use: SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust PLC's listing on the LSE: BEIS in the Chancellor's Autumn Statement, including the pledge to establish an Energy Efficiency Taskforce:,billion%20provided%20in%20this%20Parliament.Watch: Related Episodes:Watch Jonathan's first appearance on Episode 14 of Cleaning Up in 2020: Episode 111 with Dan Yergin: Episode 110 with Adair Turner: Episode 109 with Ion Yadigaroglu and Dipender Saluja: Episode 84 with Mark Carney:
1/18/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 50 seconds
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Ep112: Bob Litterman 'Climate Risk, Financial Returns'

This week on Cleaning Up, Michael hosts Bob Litterman, founding partner at Kepos Capital and Chairman of the Kepos Capital Risk Committee. Litterman spent 23 years at Goldman Sachs, during which time he became a partner and established himself as an outstanding authority on financial risk. Since co-founding Kepos and joining the boards of the World Wildlife Fund, Ceres and the Climate Leadership Council, among others, he has become a leading voice on climate policy and risk as it relates to climate change and the transition. From this unique vantage, Litterman is acutely aware of the time-sensitivity of climate risk: “We have to create incentives globally to reduce emissions, and we have to do it very quickly. One thing I like to tell people is when you're managing risk, time is a scarce resource. If we have enough time, we can solve almost anything. When you're managing risk and you run out of time, a risk management problem becomes a catastrophe.”Guest Bio: Prior to founding Kepos Capital, Litterman had a 23-year career at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he served in research, risk management, investments and thought leadership roles. Litterman became a partner at Goldman Sachs and head of the firm-wide risk function in 1994, and head of the Quantitative Resources Group in 1998. Litterman is the co-developer of the Black-Litterman Global Asset Allocation Model, a key tool in investment management.Litterman serves on a number of boards, including the Niskanen Centre, Ceres, World Wildlife Fund, and the Climate Leadership Council, where he serves as co-chair of the Board. Litterman also chairs the CFTC Climate-Related Market Risk Subcommittee, which published its report, Managing Climate Risk in the U.S. Financial System in September 2020. Litterman holds a Ph.D in Economics from the University of Minnesota, and a B.S. in Human Biology from Stanford University. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Litterman taught at MIT and worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.View: Relevant Guest & Topic Links:Read Managing Climate Risk in the US Financial System: CLICK HEREFind out more about Kepos Capital: CLICK HEREWatch: Related Episodes:Cleaning Up Episode 49 with Johan Rockstrom: CLICK HERECleaning Up Episode 48 with Nick Stern: CLICK HERECleaning Up Episode 109 with Dipender Saluja and Ion Yadigaroglu: CLICK HERE
1/11/20231 hour, 1 minute, 42 seconds
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Ep111: Daniel Yergin "The World's Most Influential Energy Analyst"

Cleaning Up begins the new year and its eighth season in conversation with Daniel Yergin. Yergin, Vice Chairman of S&P Global, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and one of the world’s leading authorities on energy.Alongside discussing the latest edition of his best-selling book, The New Map, Yergin also provided some fascinating predictions for the future of global energy supply and demand, its international nuances, and its historical echoes.Daniel Yergin is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of a trilogy of books on energy and is seen by many as America’s foremost energy expert. He was co-founder of Cambridge Energy Research Associates and currently serves as Vice Chairman of S&P Global, one of the world’s largest research and information companies.Yergin is the author of several bestselling works of history, most notably The Prize: the Epic Quest for Oil Money and Power (1990), which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and has been translated into 20 languages. His latest book is The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations (2020). Yergin’s other work includes The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World (2011), and Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy (1998).Yergin holds a BA from Yale University and a PhD from Cambridge University, where he was a Marshall Scholar. Yergin has served on the US Secretary of Energy Advisory Board under the last four presidents.View: Relevant Guest & Topic Links:On the energy crisis: CLICK HEREOn copper in the energy transition: CLICK HEREOn Putin and winter in Europe: CLICK HEREWatch: Related Episodes: Nobuo Tanaka, Former Head of the International Energy Agency: CLICK HEREJulio Friedmann, Chief Scientist at Carbon Direct: CLICK HERE
1/4/202355 minutes, 35 seconds
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Cleaning Up Audioblog Episode 9: "It's a New Year - Time to Face Reality"

This week, it's a special, bonus episode of Cleaning Up. Michael has some essential messages to keep in mind at the dawn of the new year:1. Climate action is neither doomed nor a sure thing.2. People who disagree with you may share your goals, but put facts and priorities in a different order.3. We will never get to declare victory over climate change. The original version of It’s A New Year And Time To Face Reality can be found here: or Subscribe to Cleaning Up: Twitter: LinkedIn:
12/30/20227 minutes, 19 seconds
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Ep110: Adair Turner "Lord of the Net Zero Transition"

Adair Turner, Baron Turner of Ecchinswell, is Chair of the Energy Transitions Commission, a global coalition of major companies, investors and experts identifying pathways to limit global warming to well below 2˚C by 2040.From 2008-2013, Lord Turner chaired the UK’s Financial Services Authority. He was Director General of the Confederation of British Industry (1995-2000); Chairman of the UK Pensions Commission (2003-2006); and was the first Chairman of the UK Climate Change Committee (2008-2012). From 1982-1995 Lord Turner worked at McKinsey, and was Vice-Chairman of Merrill Lynch Europe from 2000-2006.Lord Turner authored Between Debt and the Devil (Princeton: 2015), and Economics after the Crisis (MIT: 2012). He became a cross-bench member of the House of Lords in 2006, and holds a degree in History and Economics from the University of Cambridge.The Energy Transition Commission the Commission's latest report, Degree of Urgency: Accelerating Actions to Keep 1.5°C on the TableDegree of Urgency: Accelerating Actions to Keep 1.5°C on the Table
12/21/20221 hour, 20 minutes, 36 seconds
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Cleaning Up Audioblog Episode 8: "The Unbearable Lightness of Hydrogen"

This week's episode is a recording of Michael's latest blog post for BloombergNEF: thanks to BloombergNEF for allowing us to record it and share it with our Cleaning Up audience.
12/14/202238 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ep109: Ion Yadigaroglu and Dipender Saluja 'Technology Investment and the US Inflation Reduction Act'

Dipender Saluja and Ion Yadigaroglu are Partners at Capricorn Investment Group. Capricorn is a sustainable investment group, one of the largest mission-aligned investment firms in the world, and our sponsor on Cleaning Up.Dipender Saluja is a Partner of Capricorn Investment Group, and a Managing Director of Capricorn’s Technology Impact Fund. Prior to Capricorn, Saluja was Chief of Staff at Cadence, a global market leader in electronic design. Prior to Cadence, he worked at Data General (EMC), Honeywell, ROLM (IBM), and the GF Energy Research Center. Saluja is an electrical engineer by training, and attended UND, University of Minnesota and Stanford University.Ion Yadigaroglu has been Managing Partner at Capricorn Investment Group since 2004. Prior to Capricorn, Ion was Director of Business Development with Koch Industries, and a Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Bivio, a software startup in Colorado. Yadigaroglu was a research fellow at Columbia University and holds a master’s in physics from ETH Zürich in Switzerland and a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Stanford University. Yadigaroglu was a founding member in 2007 of GIIN, the Global Impact Investor Network.Capricorn was born from the desire to demonstrate the huge investment potential that resides in breakthrough commercial solutions to the world’s most pressing problems, and as such is one of the original impact investors.  Ion appeared on Episode 89 of Cleaning Up: a closer look at Capricorn's portfolio: Episode 84 with Mark Carney here: Episode 48 with Lord Stern here: 
12/7/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ep108: Meredith Adler "The Power Generation"

Meredith Adler is Executive Director of Student Energy, a global youth-led organization empowering young people to accelerate the sustainable energy transition.Adler has served as Executive Director of Student Energy since 2015, during which time the organization’s network has expanded to comprise 50,000 young people in 120 countries. Adler was Global Community Manager at Student Energy before commencing her directorship.Prior to joining Student Energy, Adler was Communications Coordinator at Clean Energy Canada, and has held positions at Great Basin Water Network and the Student Conservation Association.Adler holds a degree in Geography from the University of British Columbia, and is a keen climber.  
11/30/202254 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ep107: Prof. David Cebon "Thinking in Systems"

David Cebon is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cambridge, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Road Freight, and a founding member of the Hydrogen Science Coalition. Prof. Cebon leads Cambridge University Engineering Department’s Transport Research Group and the Department's research theme 'Energy, Transport and Urban Infrastructure'.Prof. Cebon’s research covers the mechanical, civil, and materials aspects of road transport engineering.  He has authored or co-authored more than 150 peer-reviewed papers on the dynamics, safety, and environmental performance of heavy-goods vehicles. He has a strong current focus on vehicle energy consumption and decarbonisation. Prof. Cebon is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.The Centre for Sustainable Road Freight Science Coalition episode with Simon Morrish, CEO and Founder of Xlinks Cebon's blogpost on hydrogen versus heat pumps for heating
11/23/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ep106: László Varró "Managing Uncertainty: The Scenario Shell Game"

Ordered as referenced during the show:Meet the Shell Scenarios team | Shell GlobalAfter Ukraine – The Great Clean Energy Acceleration | BloombergNEF ( Peak Emissions Are Closer Than You Think – and Here’s Why | BloombergNEF ( Julio Friedmann "The Carbon Wrangler" | Cleaning Up. Leadership in an age of climate change.Ep105: Nobuo Tanaka "The Race for Clean Energy Dominance" | Cleaning Up. Leadership in an age of climate change.World Energy Outlook – Topics - IEAEp98: Bill McKibben "Writer, Activist & Constructive Disruptor" | Cleaning Up. Leadership in an age of climate change.Ep99: Dev Sanyal "In the Engine Room of the Transition" | Cleaning Up. Leadership in an age of climate change.
11/16/202258 minutes, 6 seconds
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Ep105: Nobuo Tanaka "The Race for Clean Energy Dominance"

11/9/20221 hour, 1 minute, 56 seconds
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Ep104: Yanis Varoufakis "Power, Markets & Power Markets"

Yanis Varoufakis is an academic economist and politician. He’s a member of Greek Parliament, Founder and Secretary-General of MeRA25, a left-wing political party, and famously served as Minister for Finance in Greece in 2015. He subsequently wrote a book about the experience called Adults in the Room (2017), about how the EU stymied his attempts to renegotiate Greece’s debts in the aftermath of the financial crisis.Varoufakis was elected to Greek parliament and appointed Finance Minister in January 2015 by Alexis Tsipras, in the midst of the Greek government-debt crisis. Varoufakis led negotiations over Greece’s bailout conditions with the European Commission, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank, but failed to agree terms. Varoufakis resigned from government and parliament in August 2015, despite a referendum indicating popular support for his stance.Varoufakis founded MeRA25 in 2018, under whose banner he returned to parliament in 2018. Varoufakis has authored numerous books on the Financial Crisis, austerity and debt, including The Global Minotaur (2011), And the Weak Suffer What They Must? (2016), Talking to my Daughter about the Economy (2017) and Adults in the Room (2017), as well as primers on modern economics and Game Theory.Varoufakis holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Essex, has held posts at the University of Cambridge and the University of Sydney among others, and was Professor of Economic Theory at the University of Athens. Varoufakis is a self-described ‘erratic Marxist’.Watch Episode 32 of Cleaning Up with Greg Jackson, CEO of Octopus Energy, here: Yanis' response to Michael's takeaways from the episode here: Michael's response to Yanis' response (!) here:
10/26/202259 minutes, 15 seconds
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Cleaning Up Audioblog Episode 7: After Ukraine - The Great Clean Energy Acceleration

This week's episode is a recording of Michael's latest blog post for BloombergNEF: Our thanks to BloombergNEF for allowing us to record it and share it with our Cleaning Up audience. 
10/19/202227 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ep103: Dr. Silvia Madeddu "Industrial Heat is Electrifying!"

Dr Silvia Madeddu is a scientist and expert in decarbonisation strategies for energy-intensive industries. Dr Madeddu has a particular area of expertise in industrial heat, and is at the cutting edge of research hoping to transform the energy transition in Europe and beyond. Dr Madeddu is Senior Sustainability Consultant at Schneider Electric as of August this year. In her previous role, Dr Madeddu was part of the Global Energy Systems modelling group and was Senior Scientist on Industry Decarbonisation at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (2018-2022). At PIK, she helmed research into the potential of direct electrification of heat supply for reducing industrial CO2 emissions. Prior to joining PIK, Dr Madeddu served as Chief Scientist at Cambridge Carbon Capture, developing new Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU) technologies. Dr Madeddu holds a PhD from the University of Sheffield in Materials Science and Engineering, and a master’s in Science and Technology from the University of Padua.
10/12/202259 minutes, 39 seconds
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Ep102: Prof. Chris Rapley "Climate Science, Caveman Brain"

Professor Chris Rapley CBE is Professor of Climate Science at University College London’s Department of Earth Sciences. He served previously as Director of the British Antarctic Survey and of the Science Museum, and is a passionate and plain-speaking advocate for Climate Science. Professor Rapley is a Fellow of UCL and of St Edmund's College, Cambridge, a member of the Academia Europaea, Chair of the European Science Foundation’s European Space Sciences Committee, Member of the Advisory Board of the UK government’s Clean Growth Fund, Patron of the Surrey Climate Commission, a member of the Science Advisory board of Scientists’ Warning, and a member of the UK Parliamentary and Scientific Committee. His previous posts include Directorships of the Science Museum and British Antarctic Survey, Chair of the London Climate Change Partnership, President of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, Executive Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, and founder and Head of UCL's Earth Remote Sensing Group. He was Instrument Scientist on astrophysical and solar sounding rocket payloads, of the Bent Crystal Spectrometer on NASA’s Solar Maximum Mission, assisted JPL with the Cassini RADAR instrument, and led numerous ESA studies on the use of radar altimeters to study the Earth. He was Chair of the International Planning Group for the International Polar Year 2007-2008 and Chair of the ESA Director General’s High-Level Science Policy Advisory Committee. In 2014 Prof Rapley and the playwright Duncan Macmillan wrote the acclaimed play ‘2071’ which Prof Rapley performed at the Royal Court theatre and in Hamburg and Brussels. More recently Prof Rapley was the Science Consultant on BBC1’s ‘Climate Change – The Facts’ presented by Sir David Attenborough, and the three-part BBC1/PBS series on Greta Thunberg. In 2003 Prof Rapley was appointed CBE by Her Majesty the Queen. In 2008 he was awarded the Edinburgh Science Medal for having made 'a significant contribution to the understanding and wellbeing of humanity'. Prof Rapley holds a PhD. from UCL in X-ray astronomy, an M.Sc from the University of Manchester in Radio Astronomy, and an MA from Jesus College, Oxford in Physics.
10/5/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 54 seconds
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Ep101: Jonathon Porritt "Britain's Green Grandee"

Jonathon Porritt has been on the front line of environmental campaigning for more than 45 years. He has worked tirelessly to promote the solutions to today’s converging environmental crises – including as Director of Friends of the Earth (1980s), co-chair of the Green Party (1980-83), of which he is still a member, Trustee of WWF-UK (1991-2005), Chair of the UK Sustainable Development Commission (2000-2009), and Chancellor of Keele University (2012-2022). Jonathon is Co-Founder of Forum for the Future – the UK’s leading sustainable development charity – and President of Population Matters and The Conservation Volunteers. His work as author, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development has had a huge impact over the years, and he is involved in the work of many NGOs, charities and campaigning organizations as Patron, Chair or Special Advisor. His latest book, ‘Hope in Hell’, a powerful call to action on climate change, was published in June 2020. His other recent books include ‘The World We Made’ (2013), ‘Capitalism As If The World Matters’ (Earthscan, revised 2007), ‘Globalism & Regionalism’ (Black Dog 2008) and ‘Living Within Our Means’ (Forum for the Future 2009).Jonathon received a CBE in January 2000 for services to environmental protection.
9/28/20221 hour, 1 minute, 18 seconds
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Ep100: Dr. Jennifer Holmgren "Brewing up a clean fuel miracle"

Dr. Jennifer Holmgren is CEO of carbon recycling company, LanzaTech. Prior to joining LanzaTech, Dr. Holmgren was VP and General Manager of the Renewable Energy and Chemicals business unit at UOP LLC, a Honeywell Company. Dr. Holmgren is the author or co-author of 50 US patents and more than 30 scientific publications. In 2003, she was the first woman awarded the Malcolm E. Pruitt Award from the Council for Chemical Research (CCR). In 2010, she was the recipient of the Leadership Award from the Civil Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) for her work in establishing the technical and commercial viability of sustainable aviation biofuels. In 2015 Dr. Holmgren and her team at LanzaTech were awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Presidential Green Chemistry Award and she was awarded the BIO Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in Industrial Biotechnology. Sustainability magazine, Salt, named Dr. Holmgren as the world’s most compassionate business woman in 2015. In October 2015, Dr. Holmgren was awarded the Outstanding Leader Award in Corporate Social Innovation from the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago. Dr. Holmgren was named as #1 of the most 100 influential leaders in the Bioeconomy by Biofuels Digest for 2016-2017.She currently serves on the board of The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Biofuels Advisory Committee. Dr. Holmgren is also on the Governing Council for the Bio Energy Research Institute in India. The institute has been set up by the DBT (Department of Biotechnology, Indian Government) and IOC (Indian Oil Corporation).Dr. Holmgren holds a B.Sc. degree from Harvey Mudd College, a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
9/21/202253 minutes, 26 seconds
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Ep99: Dev Sanyal ""In the Engine Room of the Transition"

Dev Sanyal is Chief Executive Officer of VARO Energy Group AG, based in Zug, Switzerland. He was appointed to this role effective 1 January 2022. In July 2022, the company announced the ONE VARO Transformation Strategy accelerated by “Engine 1” focussed on Conventional Energies and “Engine 2” focussed on Sustainable Energies, with a commitment to investing two-thirds of capital in Engine 2 businesses and a trebling of earnings for the Group in the next 5 years. VARO will also be Net Zero in Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions by 2040.Prior to this, Dev had a 32-year career with BP plc including over a decade as a member of the group executive committee and headed gas and low carbon energy globally. Prior to this, he was chief executive, alternative energy and also accountable for BP’s Europe and Asia regions. During his tenure, he built world scale businesses  in  sustainable energy – solar, offshore wind, onshore wind, hydrogen and gas and power - and led the pivot in the company’s energy transition strategy.  Dev joined BP in 1989 and held a variety of international roles in London, Athens, Istanbul, Vienna and Dubai. Prior to joining the Group Executive Committee, he held the roles of group treasurer and chairman of BP Investment Management and Arco Aluminium, chief executive, Air BP International and chief executive, BP Eastern Mediterranean.  Dev is an independent non-executive director on the board of M&G plc; a member of the energy advisory board of the Government of India; the advisory board of the Centre for European Reform; and the board of overseers of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, where he obtained a master’s degree in economics and politics. He is a Fellow of the Energy Institute.  Dev was an independent non-executive director on the board of Man Group plc (2013-2022); a member of the Accenture Global Energy Board (2012-2018); Vice Chairman, Centre for China in the World Economy, Tsinghua University (2014-2019); The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation Business Leaders Group (2012-2015); and Trustee of the Career Academy Foundation (2007-2013).
9/14/202256 minutes, 59 seconds
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Ep98: Bill McKibben "Writer, Activist & Constructive Disruptor"

Bill McKibben is founder of Third Act, which organizes people over the age of 60 for action on climate and justice. His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages. He’s gone on to write 20 books, and his work appears regularly in periodicals from the New Yorker to Rolling Stone. He serves as the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College, as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and he has won the Gandhi Peace Prize as well as honorary degrees from 20 colleges and universities. He was awarded the Right Livelihood Award, sometimes called the alternative Nobel, in the Swedish Parliament. Foreign Policy named him to its inaugural list of the world’s 100 most important global thinkers. McKibben helped found, the first global grassroots climate campaign, which has organized protests on every continent, including Antarctica, for climate action. He played a leading role in launching the opposition to big oil pipeline projects like Keystone XL, and the fossil fuel divestment campaign, which has become the biggest anti-corporate campaign in history, with endowments worth more than $40 trillion stepping back from oil, gas and coal. He stepped down as board chair of 350 in 2015, and left the board and stepped down from his volunteer role as senior adviser in 2020, accepting emeritus status. He lives in the mountains above Lake Champlain with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern, where he spends as much time as possible outdoors. In 2014, biologists credited his career by naming a new species of woodland gnat—Megophthalmidia mckibbeni–in his honor.
9/7/202257 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ep97: Julio Friedmann "The Carbon Wrangler"

Dr. Julio Friedmann is Chief Scientist and Chief Carbon Wrangler at Carbon Direct.  He recently served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Fossil Energy at the Department of Energy where he was responsible for DOE’s R&D program in advanced fossil energy systems, carbon capture, and storage (CCS), CO2 utilisation, and clean coal deployment.  More recently, he was a Senior Research Scholar and now a Non--Resident Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University SIPA, where he led the Carbon Management Research Initiative. He has held positions at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, including Chief Energy Technologist, where he worked for 15 years.Dr. Friedmann is one of the most widely known and authoritative experts in the U.S. on carbon removal (CO2 drawdown from the air and oceans), CO2 conversion and use (carbon-to-value), hydrogen, industrial decarbonisation, and carbon capture and sequestration. In addition to close partnerships with many private companies, NGOs, Julio has worked with the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and government agencies foreign and domestic. His expertise also includes oil and gas production, international clean energy engagements, and earth science.Dr. Friedmann received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), followed by a Ph.D. in Geology at the University of Southern California. He worked for five years as a senior research scientist at ExxonMobil, then as a research scientist at the University of Maryland.
7/27/20221 hour, 13 minutes, 33 seconds
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Ep96: Aksel Lund Svindal "From Skier to Investor - Prepared for Impact"

7/20/202252 minutes, 22 seconds
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Ep95: Mindy Lubber "The Voice of Sustainable Capitalism"

Mindy Lubber is the CEO and President of the sustainability nonprofit organization Ceres. She leads an all-women executive leadership team and more than 160 employees working to mobilize the most influential investors and companies to solve the world’s greatest sustainability challenges. She has been at the helm since 2003, and under her leadership, the organization and its powerful networks and global collaborations have grown significantly in size and influence. Prior to Ceres, Lubber served as a Regional Administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under former President Bill Clinton. She also founded Green Century Capital Management and served as the director of the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group (MASSPIRG). She has received numerous awards and recognitions for her leadership. In 2020, Lubber was awarded the United Nations ’Champions of the Earth’ Entrepreneurial Vision award. In the same year, Lubber made Barron’s Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential women in U.S. finance, and then again in 2021. She has also received the Climate Visionary Award from the Earth Day Network, William K. Reilly Award for Environmental Leadership from American University, and the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship from the Skoll Foundation. She has been recognized by the United Nations and the Foundation for Social Change as one of the World’s Top Leaders of Change. In 2019, 2020, and 2021, Ceres was named a top 100 women-led businesses in Massachusetts by the Globe Magazine and Commonwealth Institute.
7/13/202253 minutes, 33 seconds
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Ep94: Julia Pyke "The Case for GW Nuclear"

Julia is currently leading the introduction of private financing into new nuclear in the UK – Sizewell C is the path finder project. This involves working cooperatively with Government, with cross party MPs, trade unions, with industry and with the financial community. Julia has lead the development of a new vision for nuclear as ‘servant of the future energy system’  – nuclear working together with renewables and contributing to both the growth of a hydrogen economy and to the development of Direct Air Capture, as well as generating electricity for the National Grid.  Prior to joining EDF to develop the Sizewell C Project, Julia was Head of Power at Herbert Smith Freehills for the UK and Europe, and led a team advising on power projects of all technologies, and has worked on a range of infrastructure projects in transport and defence sectors, and in M&A. Julia led the team advising BEIS (then DTI) on the formation of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, and spent a year on secondment to the NDA.  Julia frequently appears in the media to talk about nuclear (Radio 4, local and national TV), on podcasts, and is in demand to speak at conferences. Julia has appeared in front of parliamentary committees (most recently the Bill Committee for the Nuclear Energy (Financing) Bill).  Additional to her role for Sizewell C, Julia is a non executive director of Newcleo (small nuclear) and an adviser to Hycap (financing hydrogen projects).
7/6/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 34 seconds
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Ep93: Prof. Roger Pielke Jr. "The Inconvenient Truth about Climate Science"

Roger Pielke, Jr. has been on the faculty of the University of Colorado Boulder since 2001, where he teaches and writes on a diverse range of policy and governance issues related to science, technology, environment, innovation and sports. Roger is a professor in the  Environmental Studies Program. Roger is currently focusing his research on a NSF-sponsored, 16-country evaluation of science advice in the COVID-19 pandemic. Roger holds degrees in mathematics, public policy and political science, all from the University of Colorado. In 2012 Roger was awarded an honorary doctorate from Linköping University in Sweden and was also awarded the Public Service Award of the Geological Society of America. In 2006, Roger received the Eduard Brückner Prize in Munich, Germany in 2006 for outstanding achievement in interdisciplinary climate research. Roger has been a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan since 2016. From 2019 he has served as a science and economics adviser to Environmental Progress. Roger was a Fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences from 2001 to 2016. He served as a Senior Fellow of The Breakthrough Institute from 2008 to 2018. In 2007 Roger served as a James Martin Fellow at Oxford University’s Said Business School. Before joining the faculty of the University of Colorado, from 1993 to 2001 Roger was a Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. At the University of Colorado, Roger founded and directed both the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research and the Sports Governance Center. He also created and led the university’s Graduate Certificate Program in Science and Technology Policy, which has seen its graduates move on to faculty positions, Congressional staff, presidential political appointees and in positions in business and civil society. His books include Hurricanes: Their Nature and Impacts on Society (with R. Pielke Sr., 1997, John Wiley, full text free as PDF), Prediction: Science, Decision Making and the Future of Nature (with D. Sarewitz and R. Byerly, 2001, Island Press), The Honest Broker: Making Sense of Science in Policy and Politics published by Cambridge University Press (2007), The Climate Fix: What Scientists and Politicians Won’t Tell you About Global Warming (2010, Basic Books). Presidential Science Advisors: Reflections on Science, Policy and Politics (with R. Klein, 2011, Springer), and The Edge: The War Against Cheating and Corruption in the Cutthroat World of Elite Sports (Roaring Forties Press, 2016). His most recent book is The Rightful Place of Science: Disasters and Climate Change (2nd edition, 2018, Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes).
6/29/20221 hour, 39 minutes, 23 seconds
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Ep92: Simon Morrish "650 Leagues of HVDC Under the Sea"

Simon Morrish is the CEO and founder of Xlinks, CEO of Ground Control and Partner at Levitate Capital.Simon is a serial entrepreneur (he is the founder of amongst others, Xlinks, Future Motors and Skysports) who has invested in and worked with companies such as Excel IT, Solar Ventus, CQC, Survey Roofing and Litter Boss.  Simon started out at Morgan Stanley as a Derivatives Analyst, he then worked at McKinsey & Company. With his wife, he co-founded and directed How-Smart Ltd which was successfully sold to a larger competitor.Simon holds a Master’s degree with Distinction in Economics, Engineering and Management from Oxford University and a Master of Business Administration degree with Honors from Harvard Business School. Simon was a recipient of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ award for Transformational Leadership in  2018  and was the recipient of the British Business Excellence Awards LDC Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2021.
6/22/20221 hour, 1 minute, 7 seconds
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Ep91: Hannah Jones "Calling the Earthshots"

Hannah Jones is the CEO of The Earthshot Prize, a prize and a platform founded by HRH Prince William and the Royal Foundation in 2020 to search, spotlight and scale solutions that can help repair and regenerate the planet in this decade.  Hannah Jones is a social and environmental advocate believing in the power of entrepreneurism, innovation and collaboration to affect systems change. She started her career in radio, at the BBC, before working as a social entrepreneur in a British Charity, founding and leading pan-European AIDS/HIV prevention and anti-racism campaigns across 100's of Radio stations. She then worked on the founding team of Microsoft’s philanthropy program in EMEA before joining Nike to help start their first Corporate Responsibility team in EMEA.  For 16 years, as Nike’s first Chief Sustainability Officer, working to the CEO and the Nike Board of Directors, Hannah helped lead the transformation of Nike’s labor rights and sustainability efforts, turning both functions into engines of business model innovation and industry change. Following that, Hannah founded Nike Valiant Labs, a venture to bring a culture of lean startup, human centered design & entrepreneurialism to Nike, housing a vibrant diverse culture of entrepreneurs delivering a growing portfolio of new disruptive digital businesses and offerings with purpose at their core.Named twice to Fast Company’s top 100 Creative People list, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and winner of the C.K Prahalad 2013 award for leadership in Sustainability, Hannah has served on the board of the Method Soap & Ecover brands, was the co-chair and co-founder of We Mean Business, a coalition of progressive businesses working to influence climate policy, and has served on the boards and councils of Mercy Corps, the UNHCR Business Advisory Council and the Purpose Climate Lab. Today, Hannah is a non-executive director on the board of Oatly, a sustainability advisor to UCB, a global BioTech company, an advisor to the Queens Gambit, an all-female SPAC, a mentor with the Unreasonable Group, and a mentor to as many talented diverse future leaders as she can fit in.Further reading:
6/15/202255 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep90: Robert Llewellyn "From Red Dwarf to Fully Charged Media Giant"

Robert Llewellyn is the joint CEO of the Fully Charged Show.Robert Llewellyn is most commonly known for playing the role of Kryten for 30 years in the BBC hit series Red Dwarf. He hosted the Channel 4 series Scrapheap Challenge for 10 years, along with 8 series of How Do They Do It for Channel 5.More recently he has taken his career to YouTube with The Fully Charged Show, the series has over 870,000 subscribers and now receives an average of 4 million views a month.  On the Fully Charged Show Llewellyn and his co-hosts investigate the rapid development of electric vehicle technology and anything from solar panels to alternative energy sources.He is the author of seven fiction and eight non-fiction books, Llewellyn, who is of Anglo-Welsh ancestry, learnt to drive at age 11 (having been taught by his older brother in a go-kart); formerly a "petrol-head", he is now a widely acknowledged electric car and renewable energy/clean tech advocate and frequently presents talks on the subject.Further reading:
6/8/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ep89: Ion Yadigaroglu "Pioneering Impact Investor"

Ion Yadigaroglu has been Managing Partner at Capricorn Investment Group since 2004, and is an early investor in iconic technology companies including Tesla, SpaceX, Planet, QuantumScape and Saildrone.  Capricorn was born from the desire to demonstrate the huge investment potential that resides in breakthrough commercial solutions to the world’s most pressing problems, and as such is one of the original impact investors.   Prior to Capricorn, Ion was Director of Business Development (M&A) with Koch Industries, executing a range of acquisitions and investments, and a Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Bivio, a software startup in Colorado, and an Analyst at Olsen & Associates, a quantitative forex trader.   Ion was a research fellow at Columbia University and holds a master’s in physics from ETH Zürich in Switzerland and a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Stanford University. Ion serves on the boards of Twelve and Capricorn, and was a founding member in 2007 of GIIN, the Global Impact Investor Network, and is a Director of non-profits Ceres and MethaneSat.
6/7/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 2 seconds
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Ep88: Patrick Graichen 'Germany's Secretary of State for the Energiewende'

Patrick Graichen is a State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action. He has held this post since 15 December 2021 and is responsible for energy and climate policy.From 2012, Graichen was instrumental in setting up the think tank Agora Energiewende, taking on the roles of Executive Director and Managing Director from 2014 until his move to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action.  He began his career in public service at the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, first as an officer in the Division for International Climate Protection, then as Personal Assistant to a State Secretary, and subsequently as Head of Division for Climate and Energy Policy. During this time, he played a leading role in negotiating the economic instruments of the Kyoto Protocol, the Federal Government's 2007 Integrated Energy and Climate Programme, the EU's 2008 Climate and Energy Package, and legislative procedures in the field of energy law.Patrick Graichen studied Political Science and Economics in Heidelberg and Cambridge, UK, before going on to earn his doctorate at the Interdisciplinary Institute for Environmental Economics at the University of Heidelberg.
6/1/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 2 seconds
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Ep87: Francesco La Camera 'The Economist-Diplomat Championing Clean Energy'

Francesco La Camera has been the Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) since April 2019.Under Francesco’s leadership the Agency has forged a series of new strategic partnerships with UN organisations including UNDP, UNFCCC and Green Climate Fund among others. A key priority of his tenure is to implement a more action-oriented approach to the Agency’s work.Previously, Francesco served as Director-General of Sustainable Development, Environmental Damage, EU and International Affairs at the Italian Ministry of Environment, Land & Sea since 2014. Francesco held number of roles at the Italian Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea. As the national coordinator for climate, environment, resource efficiency and circular economy, he led the Italian delegation to UNFCCC’s COP 21 to 24 and the EU Presidency at COP 20. He was responsible for the preparation and organisation of Italy’s G7 Environment Presidency in 2017. He served as co-chair of the Africa Centre for Climate and Sustainable Development established in Rome in partnership with FAO and UNDP and co-chaired the Financial Platform for Climate and Sustainable Development in partnership with the Italian Development Bank Cassa Depositi e Prestiti. He has also coordinated a number of national strategies including on sustainable development, green finance and fossil fuel subsides among other things.Francesco was a lecturer of Sustainable Development at the University of Cosenza and of Environment & Land Economics at the University of Roma 3. He is a graduate of the University of Messina in Political Sciences (Economic Policy major). Further reading: IRENA World Energy Transitions Outlook
5/25/202258 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ep86: Farhana Yamin "From Climate Law Maker to Superglued Law Breaker"

Farhana Yamin is an international climate change lawyer, public speaker, author and social justice activist.Farhana is a Visiting Professor at the University of the Arts in London, Associate Research Fellow at Chatham House, Senior Adviser to SystemIQ and Co Coordinator of Camden Think and Do.Farhana has spent over three decades working in the climate space – she represented small island and developing countries at climate conferences (she has been deputy chair of the Expert Group of Advisors to the Climate Vulnerable Forum), worked at Children's Investment Fund Foundation, served as a special adviser to the EU Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard, founded Track 0 and taught at a number of universities. Farhana was one of the Coordinators of Extinction Rebellion’s Strategy team.Farhana read PPE at Somerville College, Oxford and is a qualified solicitor. She feature on the 2020 BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Power list.
5/18/20221 hour, 11 minutes, 4 seconds
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Ep85: John Pettigrew 'Matching Net-Zero Supply and Demand'

John joined National Grid in 1991 and during his time at the company has held a variety of senior management roles, including UK Director of Engineering in 2003, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President for the US Electricity Distribution & Generation business in 2007, Chief Operating Officer for UK Gas Distribution in 2010, and UK Chief Operating Officer from 2012 to 2014.  He joined the Board in 2014, as Executive Director UK, responsible for the UK’s Electricity Transmission, Gas Transmission and Gas Distribution businesses.  In September 2017, John came together with the government and thirteen other CEOs to create an Inclusive Economy Partnership, which has been established to identify and develop solutions to some of today’s most significant societal challenges, including financial inclusion and capability, mental health and transition to work.  In January 2018, John was appointed to the Rentokil Initial plc Board as a Non-Executive Director and became Senior Independent Director in May 2019.  He was appointed a member of the Edison Electric Institute Executive Committee in June 2019 and joined the Board of the Electric Power Research Institute in April 2021. John is a member of CBI’s Presidents Committee, and a Fellow of the Energy Institute and of the Institution of Energy and Technology.  He holds a BSC in Economics and an MSc in International Economics and Banking, and completed the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School in 2010. 
5/11/202249 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ep84: Mark Carney 'The 130 trillion-dollar man'

Mark Carney is one of the towering figures of climate finance. In 2020 Mark became the UN Special Envoy on Climate Action and Finance, and the adviser to the UK on finance for COP 26. At COP26, in Glasgow, he launched GFANZ - the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero, whose members manage $130 trillion of financial assets and have pledged to invest them in line with the Paris agreements. Mark co-chairs GFANZ together with Mike Bloomberg.Mark is a Vice Chair and Head of Transition Investing at Brookfield Asset Management and Board Member of Stripe.He was the governor of Bank of Canada from 2008 to 2013, and then Governor of the Bank of England from 2013 until 2020. He was the chair of the Financial Stability Board (2011-2018) founding co-chair of TCFD - the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure.Mark holds a bachelor's degree with high honours in economics from Harvard University and MPhil and DPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford.
5/4/202255 minutes, 46 seconds
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Ep83: Alex Honnold "Free Solar"

Alex Honnold is one of the world’s best rock climbers, famous for his free solo ascents of big walls, including his 2017 first free solo of El Capitan in Yosemite. Alex began studies in engineering at the University of California-Berkeley but dropped out to pursue his passion for climbing, living out of his van. He first attracted attention within the climbing community in 2008 when he became the first climber to free solo Half Dome in Yosemite. In 2012 he established the speed record for the Yosemite Triple Crown, climbing three big walls in under 19 hours. With Hans Florine, Alex climbed the popular Nose of El Capitan, a nearly 3,000-foot granite wall, in a record time of two hours 23 minutes and 51 seconds – a feat National Geographic described as perhaps " the greatest feat of pure rock climbing in the history of the sport." Alex has been profiled by 60 minutes and the New York Times, appeared on the cover of National Geographic and starred in numerous adventure films. In 2015, together with professional climbing writer David Roberts, he authored Alone on the Wall, the story of seven of his greatest climbing feats up to that year. In 2012 Alex founded the Honnold Foundation to provide solar power to some of the disadvantaged communities he was coming across in his climbing career. In 2021 the Foundation supported 44 communities across 17 countries with its brand of community-centered innovation catalyzed by solar energy. Further reading: Free Solo - trailer Free Solo – website The Ascent of Alex Honnold – CBS special report with Lara Logan Corner – the most exposed move of Alex’s Free Solo climb of El Capitan Foundation Project Bo Project Bo - lessons learned
4/13/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 48 seconds
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Ep82: Claire Skinner "The Search for Climate Talent"

Claire Skinner is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles' London office and leader of the Europe region. She is a member of the firm’s CEO & Board, Industrial, and Private Equity practices.Claire has more than 20 years of experience building executive and non-executive teams for a wide range of clients involved in energy, utilities, clean technology, and sustainability. Additionally, she has substantial expertise within energy and environmental investment, building teams on behalf of leading venture and private equity companies, infrastructure and asset managers, global financial institutions, and professional services groups.Claire has significant experience in senior sustainability and climate change appointments within major corporations, government, philanthropy, and non-profit organizations. Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Claire led the EMEA alternative energy & clean technology practice at a global executive search firm. Previously, she was the founding managing director of a boutique executive search firm dedicated to the power and sustainability markets.Claire serves on the Business Advisory Group of the UK Government Climate Change Committee. She holds a BSc in Agricultural Environmental Science from Newcastle University and MSc in Pollution and Environmental Control from the University of Manchester.
4/6/202250 minutes, 38 seconds
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Cleaning Up Audioblog Episode 6 "Resilience, Ukraine and Net Zero: What Could Possibly Go Wrong"

This episode of Cleaning Up is based on a March 2022 blog post written by Michael for BloombergNEF. would like to thank BloombergNEF for allowing us to record it. Further reading:“This Isn’t a Natural Disaster”: Climate Scientist Michael Mann on Deadly Tornadoes in 8 States (December 2021) evidence of declining global vulnerability to climate-related hazards (July 2019) rhetoric: What’s an energy trilemma? (December 2013) analysis of solar and wind energy in Germany using the Grosswetterlagen classification (February 2021) happens during a blackout: Consequences of a prolonged and wide-ranging power outage (August 2011) collapse in complex power grids (February 2016) Framework for Establishing Critical Infrastructure Resilience Goals (October 2010) 10-Point Plan to Cut Oil Use (March 2022) 10-Point Plan to Reduce the European Union’s Reliance on Russian Natural Gas (March 2022)
3/30/202239 minutes, 45 seconds
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Ep81: Tom Steyer 'An Epiphany Based on Data'

Tom Steyer is Co-Executive Chair of Galvanize Climate Solutions, a mission-driven investment platform.Tom Steyer founded and ran Farallon Capital Management, a multi-strategy global investment business based in San Francisco, from 1986 until 2012. During that period, it grew assets from $6mm to $36bn. Over the same time, Tom was also a partner and Investment Committee member at Hellman & Friedman, a multi-billion dollar private equity firm.After retiring from Farallon, Tom dedicated himself to public service and philanthropy, with a focus on climate action. Tom is the Co-Founder of Beneficial State Bank, a triple bottom line community development financial institution founded in 2007 with over $1 billion in assets. Tom is also the Founder of NextGen America, the largest youth voter mobilization organization in American history. Most recently, Tom was a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and beginning in April 2020 served as co-chair for Governor Newsom’s Business and Jobs Recovery Task Force. He also co-chaired Vice President Biden’s Climate Engagement Advisory Council to help mobilize climate voters.Tom graduated from Yale and received his MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. 
3/23/202243 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ep80: Emma Pinchbeck 'Energy Security - Deflating the Gasbags'

Emma Pinchbeck has been the Chief Executive of Energy UK, the trade association for the energy industry since July 2020. Before taking up this post she was Deputy CEO of RenewableUK for 4 years and was the Head of Climate Change at WWF-UK. Emma holds an MA from the University of Oxford. She is a competitive rower and in 2018 ran her first marathon, raising money for WWF.
3/16/20221 hour, 1 minute, 11 seconds
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Ep79: Rhian-Mari Thomas 'A Greener Future Made Possible by Finance'

Rhian-Mari Thomas is Chief Executive of the Green Finance Institute. The Institute sits at the nexus of the public and private sectors, the Green Finance Institute convenes and leads sectoral coalitions of global experts, that identify and unlock barriers to investment towards impactful, real-economy outcomes. The Green Finance Institute is backed by the UK Government and City of London Corporation. Rhian spent 20 years in investment banking and corporate finance and was awarded an OBE for services to green banking. She is an Emeritus Member of TCFD and co-chaired the launch of the TNFD to which she is a senior advisor. Rhian sits on numerous advisory groups across UK Government including the Net Zero Expert Group, Centre for Greening Finance and Investment, Global Resources Initiative, Department for Transport Expert Panel, Her Majesty’s Treasury Green Technical Advisory Group and the UK Voluntary Carbon Markets Forum. Rhian was also a commissioner on the Zero Carbon Commission and a member of the Climate Change Committee’s Net Zero Finance Advisory Group. Rhian sits on the advisory board for UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources and co-chairs the advisory board for Snowball Impact Management.A fluent Welsh speaker, Rhian holds a PhD in Physics from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.Further reading:Green Finance Institute
3/9/202258 minutes, 7 seconds
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Cleaning Up Audioblog Episode 5 'International Women's Day - Towards an Inclusive Transition'

3/8/202219 minutes, 59 seconds
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Ep78: Emily Shuckburgh 'Maths, Models and Melting Ice'

Professor Emily Shuckburgh OBE is Director of Cambridge Zero, the University of Cambridge's major climate change initiative.  Emily is a climate scientist and mathematician, a Fellow of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, an Associate Fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy and a Fellow of the British Antarctic Survey. She leads the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training on the Application of AI to the study of Environmental Risks.  A polar expert, she previously led a UK national research programme on the Southern Ocean and its role in climate.  In 2016 she was awarded an OBE for services to science and the public communication of science. She is co-author with HRH The Prince of Wales and Tony Juniper of the Ladybird Book on Climate Change. Further reading:Official bio Zero  Cambridge Zero Policy Forum  Centre for Landscape Regeneration
3/2/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ep77: Inger Andersen 'Environmental Conscience of the World'

Inger Andersen is Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme.From 2015 until 2019, Inger was the Director-General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).  Before that she worked at the World Bank for 15 years in roles such as Vice President of the Middle East and North Africa; Vice President for Sustainable Development and Head of the CGIAR Fund Council.  Prior to joining the World Bank, Inger worked at the UN, focusing mostly on drought and desertification issues.  Her career began in Sudan, where she worked as an English teacher and moved to development sector in 1985 to work at the Sudan Aid.  Inger holds a BA from the London Metropolitan University North and a MA in Development Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
2/23/202252 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ep76: Tommaso Demarie 'A Quantum of Hope'

Tommaso Demarie (PhD) is co-founder and CEO of Entropica Labs, a company working on optimisation with and for quantum computing.  Tommaso has 12 years of experience in the field of quantum information and computation. Before founding Entropica, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Singapore's Centre for Quantum Technologies and Singapore University of Technology and Design.  His research interests included (and include, when he finds the time to publish research articles) applications of quantum-based protocols, verification of quantum computation, and novel cryptographic schemes for quantum computing.  Tommaso holds an Undergraduate Degree in Physics and a Masters in Environmental Physics from the University of Torino (Turin, Italy) and a PhD in Physics from Macquarie University, Sydney. Further reading:Entropica’s website's Google Scholar's LinkedIn profile,and%20impact%20of%20climate%20change.&text=Find%20practical%20solutions%20using%20the%20highest%20possible%20scientific%20rigor.
2/16/202257 minutes, 9 seconds
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Ep75: David Turk 'US Net Zero - From Pledge to Policy"

David Turk serves as Deputy Secretary in the US Department of Energy.Before joining President Biden’s administration in 2021, David spent over 4 years as Deputy Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA). He was Head of Strategic Initiatives Office and Head of Energy Environment Division.During the Obama administration David worked at the Department of Energy (Deputy Assistant Secretary), the Department of State (Deputy Special Envoy) and at the National Security Council as a Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director. Between 2001 and 2007 David was a counsel in the US Senate, working for Senators Joe Biden and Kent Conrad.  David holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and JD from the University of Virginia Law School
2/9/202235 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ep74: Francesco Starace 'Europe's Clean Power Leader'

Francesco Starace is Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Enel. Before becoming the CEO in 2014, Francesco spent 14 years at Enel, holding a number of executive positions - between 2008 and 2014 he led Enel’s renewable power generation business, Enel Green. Prior to this role which included overseeing the businesses’ IPO. Before 2008 Francesco was, inter alia,  Head of Business Power and Managing Director of the Market Division.  Before joining Enel, Francesco worked at General Electric, ABB and Alstom. His work has taken him to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland and the United States Francesco served as a member of the Advisory Board of the United Nations’ Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) between 2014 and 2017 and has been Chair of SEforALL’s Administrative Board since October 2020. Francesco also served on the Board of Directors of the United Nations’ Global Compact from 2015 until 2021. Between 2016 and 2018, he was co-chair of the World Economic Forum's Energy Utilities and Energy Technologies Community. Francesco served as President of Eurelectric between 2017 and 2019. Since January 2020 he has been co-chair of the WEF “Net Zero Carbon Cities – Systemic Efficiency Initiative” and since January 2021 he has been co-chair of the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance’s round table on "Renewable and Low-carbon Hydrogen Production.” Even though Francesco has a degree in nuclear engineering from Polytechnic University of Milan, he is a fan of A.S. Roma. His other passions include cycling and poetry.
2/2/202258 minutes, 55 seconds
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Ep73: Lt Gen Richard Nugee 'Waging War on Climate Change'

Lieutenant General (Retd) Richard Nugee is the lead author of the UK Ministry of Defence’s Climate Change and Sustainability Strategic Approach report.Richard spent over 35 years in the military. He was first commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1985. During his service he reached the rank of Lieutenant General and was the Chief of the Defence People between 2016 and 2020.He led the works on UK MoD’s Climate Change and Sustainability Review between 2020 and 2021 and retired from the army in May 2021.Richard was appointed MBE in June 1998, CBE in January 2012, CVO in September 2016, and CB in January 2020, he was awarded the US Legion of Merit for his services in Afghanistan in 2014. He holds BA degree from Durham University and MA from King’s College London.Further reading:  Ministry of Defence Climate Change and Sustainability Strategic Approach (March 2021)
1/26/202255 minutes, 53 seconds
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Ep72: Nathan Gambling 'Solving the Low Carbon Skills Gap'

Nathan Gambling is a heating engineer and lecturer who has taught in colleges and a prison. As well as industry, teaching and assessing qualifications he has a psychology degree in Behavioural studies and is regarded as a leading expert around training and the learning process within plumbing and heating.  He has a remarkable heritage within the heating industry: As central heating first started to take hold it was his grandfather who brought Swedish oil burner technology to the UK and was the UK’s leading oil combustion expert venerated throughout Europe. His great uncle was lead engineer and European Energy manager for Unilever and his dad was a technical rep for Trianco Redfyre who back in the 80s was the UK’s leading boiler manufacture.He sometimes works with his cousin who is the UK’s leading acoustic sensitive heating and ventilation engineer installing and maintaining the comfort cooling and heating systems in some of the world’s best recording and post production facilities here in the UK.  Nathan often jokes that some of the radio/tv stations who’ve had guests on dismissing heat pumps are actually sitting in facilities heated and cooled with heat pump technology his cousin’s engineers installed, and that if heat pumps were that noisy you’d hear them on some of the world’s most famous record albums."He currently hosts the award winning low carbon and renewable heating podcast BetaTalk and provides consultancy. He is regarded as knowing who the best engineers in the UK are and has helped senior figures in the energy discourse find competent engineers for their own homes. He is also able to help local authorities receiving money from the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund understand who the competent suppliers are on their Dynamic Purchasing Systems Further reading:Depher Violet Griffith
1/19/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 23 seconds
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Ep71: Pasquale Romano 'The Man in Charge of Charging'

Pasquale Romano is President and Chief Executive Officer of ChargePoint and a member of the company’s board of directors.Pasquale joined ChargePoint in February of 2011, bringing more than 30 years of technology industry leadership and executive management experience to the company. He is currently a board member for Levitate Acquisition Corporation.He co-founded 2Wire which was acquired by Pace plc for $475M in 2010. Previously, Pasquale held multiple positions in marketing and engineering at Polycom. In 1989, he co-founded Fluent, Inc., a digital video networking company and served as Chief Architect until it was sold to Novell Corporation in 1993.  Pasquale holds an undergraduate degree in computer science from Harvard University and received his M.S. from MIT.
1/12/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 45 seconds
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Ep70: Ban Ki-moon 'The Planet's Leading Diplomat'

Ban Ki-moon was the 8th Secretary General of the UN. He is the Chairman of Ban Ki-moon Foundation for a Better Future.In April 2019, Mr. Ban was elected as the Chairman of Presidential National Council on Climate and Air Quality (NCCA) (2019-2021). In April 2018, Mr. Ban was elected as the Chairman of Boao Forum for Asia. In January 2018, Mr. Ban, along with former President of Austria Mr. Heinz Fischer, were inducted as Co-Chairs of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens in Vienna, Austria. Mr. Ban Ki-moon was also elected as Chairman of IOC Ethics Committee in September 2017. Currently, he is the Distinguished Chair Professor and Honorary Chairman at the Institute of Global Engagement & Empowerment at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. In February 2018, he was elected and has been serving as the President of the Assembly & Chair of the Council of Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). Prior to these appointments, Mr. Ban served two consecutive terms as the Secretary General of the United Nations (2007-2016).Throughout his tenure at the UN, Mr. Ban strove to be a bridge builder, to give voice to the world’s poorest and the most vulnerable people, and to make the Organization more transparent and effective. He successfully pressed for action to combat climate change - an effort that culminated in the adoption and rapid entry into the landmark Paris Agreement in 2016. Mr. Ban worked closely with member states of the UN to shape the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to establish UN Women, which has been advancing the Organization’s work for gender equality and women’s empowerment. Mr. Ban also launched major efforts to strengthen UN peace operations, to protect human rights, to improve humanitarian response, and to prevent violent extremism and to revitalize the disarmament agenda.At the time of his appointment at the UN, Mr. Ban was the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea. His 37 years with the Ministry included postings in New Delhi, Washington D.C., and Vienna, and responsibilities for a variety of portfolios, including Foreign Policy Adviser to the President, Chief National Security Adviser to the President, Vice Minister, Deputy Minister for Policy Planning and Director-General for American Affairs. Mr. Ban has also been actively involved in issues relating to inter-Korean relations by serving as Chairman of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization.Mr. Ban received a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Seoul National University in 1970. He earned a master’s degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1985. Further reading:Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens Elders mourn the loss of Archbishop Desmond Tutu (December 2021)
1/5/202247 minutes, 41 seconds
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Ep69: Peter Sweatman 'Our Savings Will Save the Planet'

Peter Sweatman is the founder and Chief Executive of Climate Strategy & Partners (@ClimateSt and, a strategic consulting group in Clean Energy, Clean Technology Innovation and Energy Efficiency working with leading companies and policymakers in the global energy transitionPeter is also Chairman and founder of Energy Efficiency Capital Advisors ( an expert solution provider and finance structuring partner for over Euro 60 million of finance for energy savings and on-site power in Spanish cities.Peter Sweatman has spent 30 years in finance of which 18 are climate finance and energy efficiency. He has published fifteen white papers and chaired, moderated or spoken at 380 conferences and workshops on the global energy transition to a climate neutral economy. Peter is the rapporteur for EU Commission and UNEP FI’s 500-strong Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group (#EEFIG) since 2013 and for five years was the G20’s EEFTG technical lead. He is the co-chair of Breakthrough Energy’s European Climate Innovation Hub, a founder advisor to the Climate Bond Initiative, a founder member of the Ashoka Support Network in Spain, advisor to the Climate Lab, advisor to Braemar Energy Ventures, on the steering committees of EY and CapGemini Invent’s work on green recovery and climate innovation, a board member of Menorca Preservation Fund and visiting lecturer at IIT-Comillas university. Peter chaired and reported on a 250-expert process to help design the EU ETS Innovation fund and published a review of EU finance for competitive innovation for net-zero emissions by 2050.Peter holds an MA Cantab degree in Engineering and Management Studies from Cambridge University. In 1991, he joined JPMorgan in Corporate Finance where he spent 9 years responsible for client business, mainly in debt capital markets, for Spain, Portugal, Austria and Switzerland based in London and then for Mexico and other Latin American countries from New York. In the year 2000, Peter became a social entrepreneur to found three successful and high impact NGOs: Charity Digital (, New Philanthropy Capital ( and Catalyst Climate Change Trust. From 2005, Peter was a Managing Director in Bunge-Climate Change Capital that was – from 2004-2010 - one of the world’s leading specialist fund managers and advisors in the low carbon economy.
12/22/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 4 seconds
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Ep68: Amory Lovins 'The Einstein of Energy Efficiency'

Amory Lovins is Cofounder and Chairman Emeritus of the Rocky Mountain Institute. Apart from co-founding the Institute in 1982 he served as its Chief Scientist between 2007 and 2019. Amory is a an author of 31 books and more than 700 papers, he has advised major firms and governments on energy in over 70 countries for more than 45 years.He has taught at ten universities, most recently the Naval Postgraduate School (Professor of Practice 2011–17) and Stanford University, where he’s currently Adjunct Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and a Scholar of the Precourt Institute for Energy—but only teaching topics he’s never formally studied, so as to retain beginner’s mind. He served in 2011–18 on the National Petroleum Council and has advised the US Departments of Energy and Defense.He has received the Blue Planet, Volvo, Zayed, Onassis, Nissan, Shingo, and Mitchell Prizes, the MacArthur and Ashoka Fellowships, the Happold, Benjamin Franklin, and Spencer Hutchens Medals, 12 honorary doctorates, and the Heinz, Lindbergh, Right Livelihood (“alternative Nobel”), National Design, and World Technology Awards. In 2016, the President of Germany awarded him the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz 1. Klasse).Further reading:IEA Energy Efficiency 2021 report: bio: Big Is the Energy Efficiency Resource?    (a half-hour summary talk is at Climate Prospects a Virus and Viral Ideas Speed the World’s Journey Beyond Fossil Fuels? (with Kingsmill Bond) Reframing Automotive Fuel Efficiency
12/15/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 35 seconds
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Ep67: Mariana Mazzucato 'Mission Economist'

Mariana Mazzucato (PhD) is Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London (UCL),  where she is Founding Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose (IIPP).She is winner of international prizes including the Grande Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana in 2021, Italy's highest civilian honour, the 2020 John von Neumann Award, the 2019 All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values, and 2018 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. She was named as one of the '3 most important thinkers about innovation' by The New Republic, one of the 50 most creative people in business in 2020 by Fast Company, and one of the 25 leaders shaping the future of capitalism by WIRED.  She is the author of three highly-acclaimed books: The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths (2013), The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy (2018) and the newly released, Mission Economy: A Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism (2021).  She advises policymakers around the world on innovation-led inclusive and sustainable growth. Her current roles include being Chair of the World Health Organization’s Economic Council on Health for All and a member of the South African President’s Economic Advisory Council, the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisors, and the United Nations High-level Advisory Board (HLAB) on Economic and Social Affairs, among others. 
12/8/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ep66: David Sandalow 'US China - strategic rivals, climate partners'

David Sandalow is the Inaugural Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy and co-Director of the Energy and Environment Concentration at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He founded and directs the Center’s U.S.-China Program.David is as a director at Fermata Energy and senior advisor to APL. He is a member of the Zayed Future Energy Prize Selection Committee, Global CO2 Initiative Advisory Board, Electric Drive Transport Association’s “Hall of Fame” and Council on Foreign Relations.David held senior positions at the White House, State Department and U.S. Department of Energy. At DOE he served as Under Secretary of Energy (acting) and Assistant Secretary for Policy & International Affairs. Before joining DOE, David was a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Executive Vice President at WWF.David holds a B.A. from Yale University and J.D. from University of Michigan Law School.Official bio: to Chinese Climate Policy (2019)\_1\_3?keywords=guide%20to%20chinese%20climate%20policy&qid=1568665817&sr=8-3Carbon Mineralization Roadmap (November 2021)\_roadmap.pdf
12/1/20211 hour, 1 minute, 12 seconds
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Ep65: Dan Doctoroff 'Cities, Service, and Cities-as-a-Service'

Dan Doctoroff is the Founder and CEO of Sidewalk Labs, an Alphabet company that works with cities to address key urban problems.Before founding Sidewalk Labs in 2015, Dan spent 6 years working  at Bloomberg L.P. first as President and since 2011 as CEO. He joined that company after leading the post 9/11 recovery of the New York city for 7 years as its Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Rebuilding.Prior to working in the Mayor Bloomberg administration, Dan was Managing Partner at Oak Hill Capital Partners and worked as an investment banker at Lehman Brothers.Dan is a board member of the University of Chicago, World Resource Institute and Human Rights First. He founded Target ALS, an initiative aimed at finding new approaches to treating the illness.Dan holds a B.A. in government from Harvard College and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.
11/24/202152 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ep64: Guy Turner 'Good COP, bad COP?'

Guy Turner is the founder and CEO of Trove Research and an expert on carbon markets.Guy has 30 years’ experience in research and strategy in sustainability and the energy transition. He spent his first 15 years in consulting advising companies and governments on a wide range of sustainability issues. In 2006 he joined New Energy Finance (NEF) to create the carbon market research business (New Carbon Finance) which was integrated into NEF. After the sale to Bloomberg, Guy continued as Head of Commodities and Chief Economist of BNEF, building out power and gas market analysis and renewables economics.In 2017 Guy joined BP Economics where he was responsible for global oil supply analysis and worked on BP’s Energy Outlook. From 2018 to 2020 Guy was the Strategy and Analysis Manager at EDF Renewables, overseeing market and financial analysis to support investments in offshore and onshore wind, solar, battery storage and hydrogen.Guy has undergraduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Economics, a Masters in Environmental Technology and is a graduate of London Business School Corporate Finance Evening Programme. Further reading: Trove Intelligence Research
11/17/202152 minutes, 43 seconds
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Ep63: Glen Peters 'The Past, Present & Future of CO2 Emissions'

Glen Peters is Research Director at Center for International Climate Research (CICERO) in Oslo. Previously he was a post-doctoral researcher at the Industrial Ecology Programme at NTNU.Dr Peters is a worldwide authority on socio-economic drivers of emissions. He has performed pioneering work on how international trade intricately connects emission drivers in different countries. Recent work has focused on trends in carbon emissions, socio-economic drivers, and future emission pathways at the global and country level (particularly China and India). Other key research areas include emission metrics and the carbon cycle. Dr Peters is on the Scientific Steering Committee of the Global Carbon Project.While at the University of Newcastle (Australia) he received a University Medal and Deans Medal for undergraduate performance (Mathematics/Physics) and the DH Trollope Medal for his PhD (Environmental Engineering). He has twice received the Environmental Science & Technology Best Policy Paper Award (2007, 2009).Further reading:Glen’s Google Scholar profile Mitigation Curves\_mitigation\_curves.shtml
11/10/20211 hour, 15 minutes, 39 seconds
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Ep62: Damilola Ogunbiyi 'Energy - The red Thread Through the SDGs'

Damilola Ogunbiyi is the CEO of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All and Co-Chair of UN-EnergyMrs. Ogunbiyi has extensive experience in the energy space. Before joining SEforAll she was Managing Director of the Nigerian Rural Electrification Agency, the first woman to be appointed to the post. Before that she was Senior Special Assistant to the Nigerian President on Power and a senior official in the Lagos State Government. Mrs. Ogunbiyi worked for the British Government as a Consultant in the Department for International Development and at the HM Treasury.Mrs. Ogunbiyi maintains a keen interest in mentoring and empowering young people through skills acquisitions. She created the Lagos State Energy Academy to build the capacity of young people in renewable energy technology, and the Energizing Education Programme (EEP) which launched a Female STEM Student Internship Programme to provide hands-on practical experience in designing and constructing power systems for 700 female undergraduates.Mrs. Ogunbiyi is one of the Commissioners for the Global Commission to end energy poverty which is an initiative driven by MIT and The Rockefeller Foundation. She is the Co-Chair of the COP26 Energy Transition Council. She is also a member of the Development Advisory Council of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), member of the clean cooking alliance advisory board and a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Oxford – Future of Cooling ProgrammeMrs. Ogunbiyi holds a bachelor’s degree in Project Management with Construction and a master’s degree in Construction Management with Public Private Partnership from University of Brighton.Further reading:Official bio:’s Ogunbiyi on Sustainability Goals, COP26 (July 2021) Ogunbiyi on how to bridge the energy gap in Africa (July 2020) Climate Finance Provided and Mobilised by Developed Countries: Aggregate Trends Updated with 2019 Data
11/3/20211 hour, 1 minute, 56 seconds
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Ep61: Julia King 'Engineering the UK’s Net Zero Transition'

Professor Dame Julia King (Baroness Brown of Cambridge) DBE, FRS, FREng is an engineer, crossbench member of the House of Lords and Chair of The Carbon Trust.Julia started her career in academia as a Rolls-Royce fellow at University of Cambridge and was involved in teaching and research for 16 years, before moving to business. Between 1994 and 2002  she held a number of managerial positions at Rolls-Royce. In 2002 she became the Chief  Executive of the Institute of Physics. Between 2004 and 2006 Julia was the Principal of the Engineering Faculty at Imperial College London. After that, she was Vice-Chancellor of Aston University for a decade.  Julia has worked closely with the government on a number of climate, technology and education issues. She led the King Review of low-carbon cars (published in 2008) and sat on numerous government bodies, such as Climate Change Committee's Adaptation Sub-Committee of which she is the chair.  Julia was appointed a life peer in the House of Lords in 2015. In 1999 she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire and promoted to Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2012. 
10/27/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 31 seconds
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Ep60: Todd Stern 'President Obama's Climate Negotiator'

Todd Stern is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, best known for leading the US delegation at COP21 in his capacity as Special Envoy for Climate Change at the Department of State.Todd’s political career started in 1993, when he joined President Clinton’s administration. Between 1997 and 1999, he led the US government efforts on global climate change – he was the senior White House negotiator at the Kyoto and Buenos Aires negotiations. Between 1999 and 2001 he was a Counsellor to the Secretary of the Treasury.After 7 years in the private sector, Todd returned to politics, joining President Obama’s administration as the Special Envoy for Climate Change, U.S. Department of State in 2009. As the chief climate negotiator he led the US delegation at COP21 and was one of the key architects of the Paris Agreement.Todd is now a Senior Fellow at Cross-Brookings Initiative on Climate and Energy.  He graduated from Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School. Todd is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.Further reading:Official Bio the United States and China reboot their climate cooperation? (September 2020) email dump reveals tight US-China climate ties (October 2016)
10/20/20211 hour, 8 minutes, 28 seconds
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Ep 59: Alain Ebobissé 'Meeting Africa's Infrastructure Needs'

Alain Ebobissé is a specialist in the financing and development of infrastructure and CEO  of Africa50. Prior to joining the organization, Mr. Ebobissé served as the Global Head of the World Bank Group’s Global Infrastructure Project Development Fund (IFC InfraVentures), where he oversaw a team of infrastructure specialists and led the development of and investment in numerous infrastructure projects in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Mr. Ebobissé led the design, structuring, and implementation of IFC InfraVentures from its inception. He also served as Chief Investment Officer in the Global Infrastructure and Natural Resources Department of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-sector arm of the World Bank Group, based in Washington.Prior to joining the IFC in 1998, he held several positions in the financial services industry in France, including Deputy Head of Project and Structured Finance at Caisse des Depots et Consignations. Ebobissé holds a Master of Business Administration from the International School for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland.Further reading:Africa50
10/13/20211 hour, 11 seconds
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Ep 58: John Redfern 'Cracking the Geothermal Code'

John Redfern is an investor, advisor and serial entrepreneur in the data analytics, oil service and energy tech verticals. John spent his career in executive roles at multiple international oil and oil service companiess including as a Director at Hess in London, President of Accumap in Calgary and President of IHS Energy in Denver.   Prior to Eavor, John spent 13 years in China co-founding a series of start-ups, the most recent of which is LocalGravity, the leading retail data analytics platform in China. As a director, executive and advisor over the years, John has specialized in commercial strategy, negotiations, alliancing, M&A, and private equity.   John holds a degree in Engineering Physics from Queen’s University in Kingston, Law degrees from McGill University in Montreal, and an MBA degree from INSEAD in France. 
10/10/202155 minutes, 11 seconds
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Ep 57: Julie Klinger 'Rare Earths, Real Insight'

Julie Klinger is an Assistant Professor of Geographer at the University of Delaware and also affiliated with the university's new Minerals, Materials and Society Program. She is the author of "Rare Earth Frontiers: From Terrestrial Subsoils to Lunar Landscapes”, Cornell University Press. Julie Klinger was formerly Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University. Julie lists her research interests as “the dynamics of global resource frontiers and space-based technologies with particular emphases in China, Brazil, and the United States; how diverse forms of violence and strategies for survival shape land use, environmental conservation, and livelihood security; rare earth elements; natural resource use; environmental politics; and outer space.Further reading: Official bio: Rare Earth Frontiers: From Terrestrial Subsoils to Lunar Landscapes (2017) U.S. Geological Survey 
10/6/20211 hour, 1 minute, 14 seconds
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Ep 56: The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor William Russell 'Greening the City of London'

William Russel was elected as Alderman for the Ward of Bread Street in 2013 and served as Sheriff of the City of London in 2016-17. He has been the Lord Mayor of the City of London since 2019.Before leaving for public service, William Russell spent over 30 years working in the financial sector. In 1987 he went to work for First Boston Corporation before joining Merrill Lynch in 1992 as an investment banker in Institutional Equity Sales, working in Asia, New York and London. William is currently Chair of CDAM, a London based Asset Management business, and Senior Advisor to STJ Advisors. He was also on the Board of Innovate Finance, the industry body for the UK based FinTech community.He has a number of charitable interests. He has served as Chair of the Development Board of the Royal Court Theatre, he is a Board Member of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, the Barbican Centre and is on the Council of the Royal Theatrical Support Trust. He is immediate past Chair of Prostate Cancer UK and is currently Deputy Chair of Place2Be, a children’s mental health charity. He is a Trustee of Morden College and a past member of the Development Board of the Charterhouse.William is the fifth member of his family to be Lord Mayor in the past 110 years.Further reading:Official Bio London is a leader in green finance but we must strive for more (February 2021) Board of Trade report: green trade (July 2021)
9/29/202142 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ep55: Elizabeth Wathuti 'Planting the Seeds of Inspiration'

Elizabeth Wathuti is a Kenyan environment and climate activist and founder of the Green Generation Initiative, which nurtures young people to be environmentally conscious and has planted 30,000 tree seedlings in Kenya. She grew up in Nyeri County, which has the highest forest cover in Kenya, planting her first tree at the age of seven and establishing an environmental club in her high school. She was part of the leadership of Kenyatta University Environmental Club (KUNEC) where she led tree plantings, clean ups and environmental education and education on climate change. She is a recipient of a Wangari Maathai Scholarship award for her outstanding passion and commitment to environmental conservation. She is also a full member of the Green Belt Movement, which was founded by the late Professor Wangari Maathai who is Wathuti’s role model and a big inspiration and influence. In 2019, Wathuti was awarded the Africa Green Person of the Year Award by the Eleven Eleven Twelve Foundation, and named as one of the 100 Most Influential Young Africans by the Africa Youth Awards. She has also been featured on the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust website.
9/22/202147 minutes, 17 seconds
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Ep 54: Laurence Tubiana 'The Éminence Grise of the Paris Agreement'

Laurence Tubiana is CEO of the European Climate Foundation (ECF). In addition, she is the Chair of the Board of Governors at the French Development Agency (AFD), the Chair of the Board at Expertise France (The French public agency for international technical assistance) and a Professor at Sciences Po, Paris.  Before joining ECF, Laurence was France’s Climate Change Ambassador and Special Representative for COP21, and as such a key architect of the landmark Paris Agreement. Following COP21 and through COP22, she was appointed UN High Level Champion for climate action, after a long career in public service - from 1997 to 2002, she served as Senior Adviser on the Environment to the French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin. From 2009 to 2010, she created and then led the newly established Directorate for Global Public Goods at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE). In 2013, she chaired the French National Debate on the Energy Transition.  In 2002 she founded Institute of Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI).  and led it until 2014 . Throughout the years, Laurence has held several academic positions, including as a Professor and Scientific Director for the International Development and Environmental Studies Master degrees at Sciences Po, Paris; and Professor of International Affairs at Columbia University, New York. She has been a member of numerous boards and scientific committees, including the Chinese Committee on the Environment and International Development (CCICED).Laurence Tubiana is an officer of the Legion of Honour, the highest French order of merit and recently was awarded the title of Doctorat Honoris Causa at the Université Catholique de Louvain.Further reading:Official Bio climate agreement: Five years on are there reasons for optimism? (December 2020)
9/15/202158 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ep53: Eamon Ryan 'Ireland's Jolly Green Giant'

Eamon Ryan is the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Minister for Transport in the Irish government and leader of the Green Party.Eamon’s political career began in 1998 when he was co-opted to Dublin City Council. In 2002 he was elected to the Dáil Éireann. In 2007, when the Green party entered the government, he became the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. His time in office saw doubling of the renewable share in the electricity mix and a wide-ranging house retrofit programme. He resigned in 2011 after the Green Party left the government. After the Green Party failed to win any seats in the 2011 general election, Eamon became the party leader and has led it ever since. Eamon was elected TD for Dublin Bay South in 2016 and re-elected in 2020.Eamon graduated from University College Dublin with a Bachelor of Commerce.Further reading:Official bio:’s carbon targets challenging but doable for Ireland, says Ryan (July 2021) from Minister Ryan at Leader's Climate Summit (April 2021) 
9/8/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 16 seconds
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Ep52: Tony Abbott 'Green Trade or Green Trade-Off'

Tony Abbott was the Australian PM between 2013 and 2015, the leader of the Liberal Party between 2009 and 2015 and an MP for Warringah between 1994 and 2019. He currently serves as an advisor to the UK Board of Trade alongside Michael.During his time in office he repealed Australia’s carbon tax and finalized trade deals with China, Japan and Korea. Tony Abbott was also Health Minister between 2003 and 2007.Prior to entering parliament, he was a journalist with The Australian, a senior adviser to opposition leader John Hewson, and director of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy. He has degrees in economics and law from Sydney University and in politics and philosophy from Oxford which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar.Further reading:Official bio: of Trade report: green trade
9/1/202156 minutes, 20 seconds
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Cleaning Up Audioblog Episode 4: Separating Hype from Hydrogen – Part Two: The Demand Side

This episode of Cleaning Up is based on a October 2020 blog written by Michael for BloombergNEF We would like to thank BloombergNEF for allowing us to record it.
8/11/202151 minutes, 10 seconds
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Cleaning Up Audioblog Episode 3: Separating Hype from Hydrogen – Part One: The Supply Side

This episode of Cleaning Up is based on a October 2020 blog written by Michael for BloombergNEF would like to thank BloombergNEF for allowing us to record it.
8/4/202134 minutes, 59 seconds
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Cleaning Up Audioblog Episode 2: Climate Action – It’s The Trade, Stupid

This episode of Cleaning Up is based on a June 2021 blog written by Michael for BloombergNEF We would like to thank BloombergNEF for allowing us to record it.
7/28/202133 minutes, 36 seconds
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Ep51: Yousef Alshammari 'Saudi Arabia's net zero conundrum'

Dr. Yousef Alshammari, is the CEO and Head of Oil Research at CMarkits, London UK. He is a former Research Fellow in energy economics at the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). He has been hosted for more than 200 TV shows with Al-Arabiya, CNBC Arabia, Sky News Arabia, Asharq Bloomberg, and CGTN. He is a writer at Forbes Middle East, CGTN and, and his articles have been featured by multiple business news websites including MarketWatch, NASDAQ, and Business Insider.  He obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London where he  worked on designing innovative processes for clean hydrogen generation from heavy oil fields. Following that, he pursued his postdoctoral research in energy economics at the IAEA, KAUST, and the University of Vienna. He was awarded a research fellowship from King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies (KFCRIS) chaired HRH Prince Turki Alfaisal, and SABIC. He has also been a peer-reviewer for research papers at Energy Policy and the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, and he published a wide range of research papers in the field of energy technology and energy economics. Yousef is an assistant professor of energy economics at Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University in Saudi Arabia, and he taught more than 800 Saudi students including some of the first female engineering students in the country.He has been a recipient of many international prizes including the World Energy Congress Prize (2016) for TOP20 research papers for his work on the impact of low oil prices on carbon capture and storage, and the UK Alumni Award for Professional Achievements (2017). In 2017, he was honoured as a Young Global Changer by the G20 Global Solution Summit in Berlin, Germany, and in 2018, he was honoured for his long-term leadership services as a board member of Future Energy Leaders by the World Energy Council.Further reading:LinkedIn profile COVID-19 Will Impact The Future Of Fuel Demand (October 2020) 80% greenhouse gas reduction target in Saudi Arabia under low and medium oil prices (February 2017)
7/21/202155 minutes, 17 seconds
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Ep50: Lord John Browne 'Beyond Net Zero'

Lord Browne is a Senior Advisor at General Atlantic on climate and Net Zero, providing strategic support and advice to the firm’s investment teams and portfolio companies.  He served as Group Chief Executive of BP from 1995 to 2007, after having joined the company in 1966 as a university apprentice.In 2007, Lord Browne joined Riverstone, where he was co-head of the world’s largest renewable energy private equity fund until 2015. He is currently Chairman of Wintershall Dea, Europe’s largest independent oil and gas company. He is independent co-Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Council on Science and Technology, Chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, Chairman of the Courtauld Institute of Art, and a past President of the Royal Academy of Engineering.  Lord Browne was the UK Government’s Lead Non-Executive Board Member from 2010 to 2015. He was knighted in 1998 and made a life peer in 2001. Lord Browne is the author of five books.Further reading:Lord Browne joins General Atlantic as Senior Advisor[Official Bio] (April 2021) the planet needs faith and science (May 2021), Think, Imagine: Engineering the Future of Civilisation (2019)
7/14/202146 minutes, 9 seconds
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Ep49: Johan Rockström 'Pushing Planetary Boundaries'

Johan Rockström is Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and Professor in Earth System Science at the University of Potsdam.He is an internationally recognized scientist on global sustainability issues, most known for developing the Planetary Boundaries framework for human development. Professor Rockström is a leading scientist on global water resources, with more than 25 years’ experience in applied water research in tropical regions, and more than 150 research publications in fields ranging from applied land and water management to global sustainability.  Apart from that, Professor Rockström is a member of European Commission expert group: Mission Board for adaptation to climate change including societal transformation, chair of the Earth Commission and an elected member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. Between 2004 and 2012 he led the Stockholm Environment Institute, in 2007 he co-founded the Stockholm Resilience Centre.Professor Rockström wrote not just scientific papers: together with Sir David Attenborough he’s working on a Netflix series ‘Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet’  but also co-authored a cookbook with recipes healthy for people and the planet.Further reading: Official Bio Talk “10 years to transform the future of humanity or destabilize the planet” (October 2020)\_rockstrom\_10\_years\_to\_transform\_the\_future\_of\_humanity\_or\_destabilize\_the\_planetJohan Rockström: ‘We need bankers as well as activists… we have 10 years to cut emissions by half’ (May 2021) Up for a Sustainable World: Voices of Change (2020)
7/7/202151 minutes, 45 seconds
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Ep48: Nick Stern 'Planetary Crisis? Call an Economist!'

Professor Lord Nicholas Stern is the IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, Chairman of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, Chair of the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy and Head of the India Observatory at the London School of Economics.Professor Stern led the Grantham Research Institute since its establishment in 2008. Between 2013 and 2017 he was the President of the British Academy. His academic career took him all over the world: he held appointments at, inter alia, Oxford University, MIT, Collège de France, the Indian Statistical Institute and the People’s University of China in Beijing. Professor Stern was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 2014.Apart from his academic career, he worked for international institutions like the World Bank and the EBRD and for the British government. In that capacity, he led the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change in 2006, a pioneering work looking into long-term costs of climate change and long-term benefits of urgent and aggressive climate action.Professor Stern was knighted for services to economics in 2004, was made a cross-bench life peer in 2007 and appointed Companion of Honour for services to economics, international relations and tackling climate change in 2017. Professor Stern holds 13 honorary degrees and numerous prizes. Official Bio Review (2006) Investment Imperative for the G7 (June 2021) leadership for sustainable, resilient and inclusive economic recovery and growth - summary report (May 2021) Air Polluton data Are We Waiting? The Logic, Urgency and Promise of Tackling Climate Change (2015) 
6/30/202148 minutes, 2 seconds
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Ep47: Gina Domanig 'Open to Innovation'

Gina Domanig is the Managing Partner and founder of Emerald Technology Ventures, the first independent cleantech venture capital fund in Europe.  Gina currently serves on the boards of the following portfolio companies: GeoDigital International Inc, a geo-spatial intelligence provider for electric utilities, Spear Power Systems Inc, a battery management solutions provider for aerospace and marine and Urgently Inc, a digital platform for roadside assistanceIn addition to Emerald activities Gina is a board member of Die Mobiliar, SolarPack Corporacion Tecnologica S.A., u-blox AG and Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy Foundation. She is a member of the advisory boards of the Institute on the Environment of the University of Minnesota, and the PRIME Impact Fund.  Gina has over 35 years of experience in the area of finance, banking and venture capital – before founding Emerald in 2000 she was vice president at Sulzer, responsible for M&A.Gina holds a Bachelor Degree in Finance from Arizona State University as well as MBA degrees from Thunderbird in Arizona and ESADE in Barcelona. Further reading:Official bio: start-up ecosystem during COVID-19: A talk with Gina Domanig (March 2020) capital pioneer Gina Domanig: Swiss start-ups “could achieve a lot more” (April 2019)
6/23/202156 minutes, 5 seconds
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Ep46: Angelina Galiteva 'California's Clean Energy Dream'

Angelina Galiteva has been appointed Chair of the California Independent System Operator’s Board of Governors in 2020, after a decade spent on the Board as a member.  Angelina is the founder & Chair of the Board of Renewables 100 Policy Institute. She is also a Renewable Energy Expert Speaker at the US Department of State.Angelina’s carer in energy started in 1994 when she was a Power Services Analyst at the New York Power Authority. In 1997 she became an Executive Director at the LA Department of Water and Power. Angelina has experience in private sector as well - in 2003 she founded NEOoptions, a renewable energy and new technology product design firm.Angelina is a lawyer by education: she holds a J.D. and LLM Degrees, with a specialization in Environmental and Energy Law Further reading:Angelina’s LinkedIn Angelina Galiteva, Chair of Board of Governors of California Independent System Operator (April 2021) Galiteva - 100% Renewables - SC-RISE Solar Valley Complement Video Series (September 2020)            ReEnergy Africa
6/16/202152 minutes, 45 seconds
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Ep45: Catherine McKenna 'Powering Canada Past Coal'

Catherine McKenna is a Canadian Liberal politician serving as the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities since 2019. Before that she was the Minister of Environment and Climate Change for 4 years.  Her ministerial mandate includes ensuring infrastructure investments support just economic growth and the clean energy transition. Her ministerial mandate includes, inter alia,  delivering of “accessible affordable, active and zero-emissions transit options”, “investing in large-scale building retrofits and clean power” and “continuing to close the infrastructure gap in Indigenous communities, particularly with respect to affordable housing”.  Before taking the infrastructure and communities portfolio, Catherine was  in charge of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. She was appointed just before COP21 in Paris and played a significant role during the summit.  Catherine is a lawyer by education: she co-founded Canadian Lawyers Abroad, now called Level, a charity through which Canadian lawyers are able to work on pro bono cases around the world. She has also worked in leading Canadian and Indonesian law firms and  was a negotiator with the United Nations mission in East Timor.Catherine holds degrees from the University of Toronto, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and McGill University’s Faculty of Law. A mom of three, avid swimmer and canoeist,  Minister McKenna is a long-time resident of the Glebe in Ottawa.  Further reading:Official bio Catherine McKenna: 'We need to get rid of fossil fuel subsidies' (May 2021) Five years after the Paris Agreement, we’ve reached a new tipping point on climate change (December 2020)
6/9/202158 minutes, 19 seconds
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Ep44: James Thornton 'Enforcing the Laws of Nature'

James Thornton is the CEO and founder of ClientEarth, a leading environmental law organisation in Europe. Since its establishment in 2007, ClientEarth tackled world’s most pressing environmental issues such as biodiversity loss, climate change, and toxic chemicals using advocacy, litigation and research. ClientEarth now operates globally with offices in London, Brussels, Warsaw, New York and Beijing.  Before this, he was a Senior Lawyer for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in Los Angeles for 9 years. His role involved setting up the citizens' enforcement project specifically working on the Clean Water Act under the Reagan Administration. In 6 months he successfully won 60 cases in federal courts.  Named by the New Statesman as one of the top 10 people who could change the world and one of the top 100 lawyers practising in the UK, James is at the forefront of utilising the legal system and advocacy to create real climate action. In 2016, The Financial Times awarded him its Special Achievement Award at the Innovative Lawyer Awards.James Thornton is a Zen Bhuddist and started a meditation organisation for environmental activists called Positive Futures. James was born in New York and studied at Yale University Further reading:Wikipedia page:\_Thornton (environmentalist)  ClientEarth launches major climate change movement (April 2021)  A Conversation With James Thornton, Founder of ClientEarth – One of the World’s Most Ambitious Environmental Organisations (December 2020)  Michael Liebreich: Climate Lawsuits – An Existential Risk to Fossil Fuel Firms? (September 2019)
6/2/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ep43: Nigel Topping 'Racing to Zero'

Nigel Topping was appointed UK High Level Champion for Climate Action in January 2020. His role involves bringing together different stakeholders in the #racetozero. His vision is to create a bigger role for non-state actors within the climate conversation, which he successfully managed in the Paris Agreements.  Between 2015 and 2019 Nigel was the CEO of We Mean Business, a coalition of businesses working to accelerate the transition to a zero carbon economy. He has also held leadership positions at CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) for 7 years.  Before focusing on climate action, he worked in the private sector for over 20 years in manufacturing and supply chain. His career has taken him all over the world, including emerging economies like Brazil, India, and China.  Nigel holds a BA in Mathematics from Cambridge University and an MSc in Holistic Science from Schumacher College. Further reading:Nigel Topping’s Official Bio Topping appointed UK High Level Climate Action Champion (January 2020) need to green the economy while restarting it – Nigel Topping’s Ted Talk (June 2020) to turn climate ambitions into reality: Q&A with Nigel Topping (January 2021) to Zero Campaign
5/26/202150 minutes, 16 seconds
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Ep42: Thomas Nowak 'Pumping Heat'

Thomas Nowak is the Secretary General of the European Heat Pump Association  - he’s an expert on heating and electricity. Thomas is a man who walks the talk – he’s a proud owner of a heat pump and a solar power plant.In 2006, Thomas Nowak was appointed as the Secretary General of the European Heat Pump Association (EHPA). His role in Brussels involves promoting heat pump technology as a viable and efficient tool for the future. EHPA achieves this goal by producing reports with key data as well as representing the industry to the European institutions and stakeholders.As an expert in the industry, Thomas has presented his research in articles and conferences in international and European conferences. They have largely been about the integration of heat pumps in the energy market. Moreover, he has contributed to the IEA energy technology perspectives and the REN21 Renewables Global Status Report.  Thomas holds a degree in business administration and economics from Paderborn University. Further reading Official Bio DecarbHeat – an European Initiative for Decarbonisation of the Heating (November 2017) Heat pumps only for new buildings? (January 2020) demand is increasing? So what! (June 2019) Paper Heat Pumps\_upload/White\_Paper\_Heat\_pumps.pdf
5/19/202145 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ep41: Sharan Burrow 'Just Transition or Just Talk?'

Further reading: Official Bio How to fix a broken labour market (March 2021) the World Economic Forum convenes this week will people and their environment be centre stage? (January 2021) of the debate between Max Roser and Jason Hickel (December 2019) ILO Centenary Declaration\_norm/@relconf/documents/meetingdocument/wcms\_711674.pdf
5/12/20211 hour, 26 seconds
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Cleaning Up Audioblog - Episode 1: Climate and Finance, Lessons from a Time Machine

5/5/202140 minutes, 23 seconds
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Ep40: Naoko Ishii 'Global Environment Facilitator'

Naoko Ishii is a professor, executive vice president and Director of the Center for Global Commons at the University of Tokyo since August 2020. The Center for Global Commons has the mission of putting academia at the forefront of achieving sustainable developmentFrom 2012 to 2020, Dr Naoko Ishii was CEO and chair of the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The GEF is a grant providing organisation with a focus on environmental initiatives. She played a key role in producing the organisation’s first long-term and mid-term strategies. During her time in office, she managed to secure more than $4 billion in funding for the GEF.  Naoko Ishii was Deputy Vice Minister of Finance from 2010 to 2012, - after a long career in finance – both domestic and international: she spent a large part of her career at the World Bank (Country Director for Sri Lanka and Maldives between 2006 and 2010, program coordinator for Vietnam between 1997 2001) and the International Monetary Fund.Naoko Ishi holds a BA in economics and a PhD in international development, both from the University of Tokyo.  She is the author of a number of papers and award-winning books – she received the Suntory Prize in 1990 and Okita Memorial Prize for International Development Research in 2004. She is the recipient of the 2006 Enjoji Jiro Memorial Prize. Further reading:Center for Global Commons on the pilot version of the Global Commons Stewardship Index Ishii’s Ted Talk: An economic case for protecting the planet (September 2017) University of Tokyo is reminding the world to save our planet (March 2021) Analysis for Long-Term Economic Development, Nikkei Publishing Inc. (2003)
4/28/202144 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ep39: Debate Special with Gareth Wyn Jones and Ben Goldsmith 'The Argument That Never Happened'

It’s a first here on Cleaning Up, our very own debate special. Today we will be joined by Ben Goldsmith and Gareth Wyn-Jones to discuss farming and agricultural policy. Please welcome them both, and wish them both luck!  Bio – Ben Goldsmith  Ben Goldsmith is the chief executive officer of Menhaden Capital, an investment trust focusing on efficient use of energy and resources. He is also a Trustee of The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation and Chair of the UK Conservative Environment Network’s Board. Moreover, he is involved in the UK Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) as a non-executive director.  Bio – Gareth Wyn Jones  Gareth Wyn Jones is a sheep farmer from Tyn Llwyfan in North Wales. His farm has been with his family for over 370 years. Known as the ‘tweeting farmer’, Gareth uses media (both social and traditional) as an educational tool to show the public the life of a farmer. He has appeared on the BBC numerous times including on Countryfile as well as The Hill Farm, Farmer and the Food Chain, and Milkman.  Links - Ben GoldsmithTime to rewild the Highlands - Ben Goldsmith - Reform Scotland (March 2021) the EU's destructive Common Agricultural Policy enables an unprecedented win for nature in post-Brexit Britain (December, 2020)  Ben Goldsmith comes clean: lies, rewilding and the death of daughter Iris | Magazine | The Times (October 2020) wilder farming to restore nature on a grand scale (June 2020)  'It may feel like Armageddon, but there are environmental silver linings': Ben Goldsmith on Covid-19 (April 2020)  Interview: Ben Goldsmith on rewilding, wild swimming and ‘hustling on behalf of nature’  Links – Gareth Wyn JonesThe Family Farm – BBC  The Hill Farm Episode 1\_t8dERa506qTGA8y3kj3TGO9E1&v=\_njeqJinkvY&feature=youtu.beFarmer and The Food Chain\_t8dHFtYtaznR2YDNZdY7qRWKqThe Hill Farmer – a book by Gareth Wyn Jones
4/22/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 38 seconds
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Ep38: Tony Blair 'A Masterclass in Climate Geopolitics'

Tony Blair, UK Prime Minister from 1997 to 2007 and Executive Chairman of the Tony Blair Institute, joins Michael Liebreich for the first episode of Season 3.  Tony Blair was the UK Prime Minister from 1997 to 2007 and is now the Executive Chairman of the Tony Blair Institute, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2016 with staff of 200 spread over more than 20 countries. The Institute’s mission is to ‘to equip leaders with what they need to build effective Governance and deliver open, inclusive and prosperous societies in a globalised world’.  Since establishing the Institute, Tony Blair devotes ‘at least 80% of his time’ to running it. The Institute’s efforts are focused on improving governance in a number of African states and also supporting electrification on the continent via its ‘Power Africa’ programme. Recently, the Institute has done extensive work on COVID-19 response – from the role of digital technology to vaccination plans.  Tony Blair’s time in office saw a growth of importance of energy and climate change: in 2003 Energy White Paper was published, calling for creating low carbon economy and developing renewable energy sources in the UK. In 2006, the Stern Review, a study commissioned by the government was made public –the  first comprehensive attempt to compare costs of mitigating climate change to no action scenario. In 2007 the Climate Change Act, a landmark legislation requiring the UK to cut its emission by 80% by 2050 was put forward.  Tony Blair was an MP for Sedgefield for 24 years, between 1983 and 2007. He became the Leader of the Opposition in 1994 and won three consecutive elections in 1997, 2002 and 2005 – the only Labour leader to achieve that. He was also the longest serving Labour PM. After he stepped down as PM, Tony Blair became the Middle East envoy for the United Nations, European Union, United States, and Russia. He worked with a number of companies as an advisor and keynote speaker.   Further reading:Official Bio  Blair says collaboration on Covid could have cut three months off crisis (March 2021)  Treat pandemic preparedness as a national security issue (March 2021)  Why Vaccine Passports Are ‘Inevitable,’ Explained By Tony Blair (February 2021)  Tony Blair Insititute for Global Change  A Journey: My Political Life – Tony Blair’s Autobiography
4/14/202140 minutes, 12 seconds
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Ep37: Teresa Ribera 'Driving the Ecological Transition'

Teresa Ribera, Deputy Prime Minister in the Spanish government and the Minister for the Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge, is joining us this week on Cleaning Up. She has played a key role in Spain’s low-carbon transition and is a vocal advocate of a green COVID-19 recovery.  Bio  Since 2018 Teresa Ribera is a Deputy Prime Minister in the Spanish Government and the Minister for the Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge. In her role, she has advocated reorienting the Spanish economy towards green tech, put in place a €220m deal to get coal off the grid as well as negotiating a nuclear phase-out.  From 2008 to 2011 she held the position of Secretary of State for Climate Change and Biodiversity in the second administration of Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero.  Between her two ministerial stints in government, Teresa was the Director of the Paris-based Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations. In that capacity, she focused on influencing the negotiations towards the Paris Climate Agreement.  From 2004 to 2008 she served as Director-General of the Office of Climate Change, and prior to that, Teresa worked closely with different ministries in the Spanish government including Environment, Public Works, and Transportation.  Teresa studied law at the Complutense University of Madrid and constitutional law with political science at the Center for Constitutional Studies. Following her studies, she worked as an assistant professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She was featured in Politico’s ‘Class of 2021’ annual ranking of the most powerful people in Europe. In 2018 she received Climate Reality Project Award in the category of 'Public Personality'. Further reading:Bio  Energy pact divides EU as Spain threatens walkout (February 2021)  European Green Deal must be central to a resilient recovery after Covid-19 (April 2020)  Spain’s socialists win the election with Green New Deal Platform (April 2019)  European Green Deal must be central to a resilient recovery after Covid-19 (April 2020)  Declaration from AT, DK, ES, LU, PT on the adoption of the ‘Manifesto for the development of a European “Hydrogen Technologies and Systems” value chain’\_clean2.pdf  Liebreich: Climate and Finance – Lessons from a Time Machine (March 2021)
3/31/202141 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ep36: Prof. Jim Skea 'It's climate, Jim, but not as we know it.'

Further reading:Official bio Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 ºC  EEA COVID Debate No. 7 - COVID-19 and climate change (December 2020)\_QSyumTz7Am38J5tXamPEWUhb5szB3Z&index=7Jim interviewed by BBC for ‘Climate change: Technology no silver bullet, experts tell PM’ (October 2020) Working Group 3 for Environmental Policy  Climate Wars Episode IV: a New Hope for the 2020s? (17 December 2019) is Bollox - but for how much longer? (27 March 2021) Tipping Points
3/24/20211 hour, 25 seconds
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Ep35: Kate Hampton 'Investing in Climate Activism'

Further reading:Official Bio  World Bank Live Featured Speaker: Kate Hampton  The Children's Investment Fund Foundation  Building Forward for an African Recovery (March 2021)\_mrUy3M2fldKLueZYiFs1ugmbTkA8a\_ox5ZUCPruVHfRpFMy63dGJY  Profiles of Paris  the Open Political Economy Network (OPEN)  We Protect Global Alliance
3/17/202149 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ep34: Kristian Ruby 'Electrifying Almost Everything for Net-Zero'

Further reading:Official Bio  Europe’s vehicle fleets to boast 10.5m EVs by 2030 (February, 2021)  ‘Not fit for purpose’: Europe’s distribution grids ‘need up to €425bn of investment to enable energy transition’ (January, 2021)  Leaders of our industry: Kristian Ruby of Eurelectric (November, 2020)  Bringing utilities on side in the climate fight (September, 2020)  Eurelectric boss: ‘The gas system has to be more focused on what makes it really unique’ (February, 2019)
3/10/202158 minutes, 10 seconds
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Happy International Women’s Day!

Today is International Women’s Day. We want to take the time to highlight some of the incredible women who are leading the world’s pivot to net-zero. From politics to finance and diplomacy, these women are vital to climate action on an international level.Each episode is available in full at www.cleaningup.liveName of each episode with their linkEpisode 2: Rachel Kyte 'Investing in Climate Leadership' 4: Barbara Buchner ‘Counting the Climate Cash’ 5: Kirsty Gogan ‘Fighting for Nuclear’ 6: Christiana Figueres ‘To Paris & Beyond’ 10: Angela Francis ‘A Green Deal without the Yellow Vests’ 18: Nancy Pfund ‘Women Backing Winners’ 20: Richenda Van Leeuwen ‘A Lifetime Working on Energy Access & Inclusion’ 22: Robin Chase ‘Mobility, Cities & Social Entrepreneurship’ 25: Bryony Worthington ‘Putting the Act into Climate Action’ 27: Beverley Gower-Jones ‘Clean Growth Funder’ 30: Claire Perry O'Neill ‘Ecopragmatism & Policy Innovation’ 31: Emma Howard Boyd ‘Climate Change? We'll be in Floods...’ 33: Amber Rudd ‘Leading the way from Westminster to Paris’
3/8/20213 minutes, 42 seconds
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Ep33: Rt Hon Amber Rudd 'Leading the way from Westminster to Paris'

Further reading:Climate change: COP26 head must be made full-time role to tackle global emergency, Amber Rudd says (December, 2020)  Amber Rudd: ‘The prime minister is clearly more comfortable with men’ (July, 2020)  Under2 Coalition  Teneo
3/3/202144 minutes, 37 seconds
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Ep32: Greg Jackson 'Building the Billion-Customer Energy Company'

LinksOctopus Energy needed a digital revolution – and we are it (January 2021) Energy is the Which? “Recommended Provider” for a record fourth year in a row (January 2021) Energy partners with Tokyo Gas to enter the Asian market (January 2021) helps power UK green electricity pioneer Octopus Energy (January 2021) our lifetimes, cities will smell like the countryside (December, 2020) is the diruptive firm aiming to be the ‘Amazon of energy’? (December, 2020) Energy chief Greg Jackson declares London world leader of green energy tech as it wins “double unicorn” $2bn status (December, 2020) this week I sat down with Greg Jackson, CEO at Octopus Energy to talk about how we can build back greener. (November, 2020) Electricity Provider to Create 1,000 New Jobs in U.K. (October, 2020) the Spotlight with Greg Jackson, founder and CEO of Octopus Energy (October 2020) Energy launches into US market with startup acquisition (October 2020) Connect message from our founder, Octopus Energy Greg Jackson, Founder and CEO of Octopus Energy 
2/24/20211 hour, 1 minute, 23 seconds
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Ep31: Emma Howard Boyd 'Climate Change? We'll be in Floods.'

Further reading:Government bio Agency website locally-led climate change adaptation (January 2021) Christoph (January 2021) Howard Boyd, Green Summit speech (September 2020) importance of disclosure in the climate emergency (June 2020) Prime Minister visits Didsbury following Storm Christoph (January 2021) and coastal resilience innovation programme Howard Boyd - UK Environment Agency - Adaptation Week (December 2020)\_h8ORpoALetter to The Times from Emma Howard Boyd, Chair of the Environment Agency (February 2020) Capital PLC Centre for Adaptation Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project Finance Institute Renewables Adaptation Summit 2021 to Zero
2/17/202155 minutes, 5 seconds
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Ep30: Claire Perry O'Neill 'Ecopragmatism and Policy Innovation'

LinksWorld Business Council for Sustainable Development  COP26  The Green 30 for 2020,to%20solve%20the%20climate%20crisis.&text=The%20climate%20crisis%20seems%20to,floods%20inundate%20our%20news%20feeds. Royal Geographic Society  Ikigai Capital  The Powering Past Coal Alliance (PPCA)  ‘Wing it with a few press releases’: Claire Perry O'Neill slams UK Govt’s ‘cavalier attitude’ to COP26 (December 2020)  New Year’s Resolutions for the Planet (December 2020)  UK Government announces a sovereign green bond (November 2020)  Ex-energy minister Claire Perry O'Neill joins sustainability consultancy (October 2020) change: Former minister O’Neill blasts government "inaction" (September 2020)  A Conversation with The Rt Hon Claire Perry O'Neill (February 2020)  COP 26: Everybody's In | Sunjoy Joshi | Claire Perry O'Neill (January 2020)  Green Finance Taskforce (March 2018)  UK and Canada lead global alliance against coal (November 2017) Clean Growth Strategy (October 2017)  Edie – Sustainable Leaders Forum
2/10/202157 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ep29: Steven Chu 'Nobel Hero talks Net Zero'

Further reading:Official bio  US Government Biography  AAAS  Nobel Prize  National Academy of Sciences  The American Philosophical Society  SunShot Initiative  Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory  Ex-Energy Secretary Says Fixing Climate Change Is Tough, There's No Vaccine (December 2020)  Steven Chu Compares Energy Department Loan Program To An Unsedated Colonoscopy (June 2020)  Steven Chu: Long-Term Energy Storage Solution Has Been Here All Along (June 2020)
2/3/20211 hour, 14 minutes, 36 seconds
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Ep28: Fatih Birol 'Setting the World's Energy Agenda'

Further reading:Official Bio: Website: Recovery Plan (June 2020) reasons we should be optimistic about the world’s clean energy future (September 2020) must act now to stop the Covid crisis from undermining Africa’s energy future (November 2020) power is defying the Covid crisis. Here’s how its growth can accelerate even more (November 2020) Southeast Asia’s dynamic economies can power ahead with their clean energy transitions (October 2020) Covid crisis underscores the critical choices we face for our energy future (October 2020) Questions: Fatih Birol on post-Covid trajectories in energy and climate (October 2020) IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol on What is Starting to Bring Oil Markets Back to Balance (May 2020) 
1/27/202153 minutes, 42 seconds
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Ep27: Beverley Gower-Jones 'Clean Growth Funder'

Further reading:Official Bio Beverley’s LinkedIn profile Growth Fund Limiting Technologies Growth Fund backs flexible energy ‘auction house’ Piclo (December 2020) road to net-zero – the importance of investing in sustainability (September 2020) Managing Partner Beverley Gower Jones (July 2020) in on Net Zero - with Carbon Limiting Technologies' Beverley Gower-Jones (June 2020) with Beverley Gower-Jones (June 2020)
1/20/202150 minutes, 5 seconds
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Ep26: Minister Zac Goldsmith 'Environmental leadership in a post-Brexit world'

1/13/202154 minutes, 31 seconds
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Ep25: Bryony Worthington 'Putting the Act into climate action'

Official Bio entry:\_Worthington,\_Baroness\_Worthington Ember Why we really do need nuclear power (June 2015) UK Leading Environmentalists (Who Happen To Be Women) (November 2020) UK to Enshrine Carbon Neutrality by 2050 in Ambitious National Law Statement from Baroness Bryony Worthington, Executive Director of Environmental Defense Fund Europe (June 2019) Climate Change Act at 10: Baroness Bryony Worthington on the best thing she ever did (November 2018) Think again, campaigner urges environmentalists (September 2015)
1/6/202156 minutes, 36 seconds
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Ep24: Holiday Special - A Look Back at Season One

12/23/202027 minutes, 57 seconds
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Ep23: James Cameron 'Trade and Sustainability - the Radical in a Suit'

Further reading: Official Website: Precautionary Principle: A Fundamental Principle of Law and Policy for the Protection of the Global Environment (1991) Disclosure Project London Sustainable Development Commission (LSDC) Climate Change and Carbon as an Emerging Asset Class (17 Sep 2020) Negotiations and Policy (November 2018)
12/16/202057 minutes, 7 seconds
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Ep22: Robin Chase ‘Mobility, Cities and Social Entrepreneurship’

Further reading:Official Bio:  Peers Incorporated Book (2015)  Tucows  World Resources Institute  What's the golden age to become an entrepreneur? (1st of Nov 2020)  Q&A with Robin Chase (Oct 2019)  The Future of Self Driving Cars in Cities (June 2016)  Self Driving Cars will Ruin our Cities if They Don't Improve Them (Backchannel, 2016)  Disrupted Transport will Be Better for Us in the End (Financial Times, 2015)
12/9/20201 hour, 5 minutes, 19 seconds
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Ep21: Claude Turmes ‘Clean Energy Coalition-builder'

Further reading:Official Bio Transformation - An Opportunity for Europe (Claude Turme’s book) Forum for Renewable Energy Sources EU’s state aid regime is upside down (May 2020)\_XuQCbQLaNm8vP5ADtQVvNN9udC6kqLzq\_ZX9quyc Directive 2012/27/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council (25 October 2012) Directive 2009/28/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (23 April 2009)"LUXEMBOURG IN TRANSITION": TOWARDS ZERO CARBON BY 2050?
12/2/202056 minutes, 50 seconds
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Ep20: Richenda Van Leeuwen 'A Life of Energy Access and Inclusion'

Further reading:Official Bio        UNDP launches global call to action encouraging nature-based solutions for sustainable development (23rd Sep 2020) for Alternative Technology  How to power a resilient future across the Caribbean (9th Sep 2020) Health across Africa through COVID-19 and a Changing Climate (7th May 2020) DER solutions serve health facilities’ energy needs in SSA (12th May 2020)
11/25/20201 hour, 6 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ep19: Mike Bennetts 'Leadership from the Heart of the Problem'

Further reading:Official Bio:      Bosses in Lockdown: Z Energy’s Mike Bennetts (Wednesday 8th of April 2020) (radio)CEO of Z Energy Mike Bennetts joined Heather du Plessis-Allan to discuss how he's faring at home, and how the lockdown is impacting Z's business.    First Follower: Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy in extraordinary times Q&A: Z chief executive Mike Bennetts (4th of September 2020) Energy’s crisis management lessons (24th of March 2020) - Rod Oram talks with Z Energy's Mike Bennetts about "Code Red" preparations for the Covid-19 pandemic and the key lessons the company has learnt so far change needs Covid-level urgency from politicians (24th of August 2020) Business Podcast 34: Mike Bennetts - CEO, Z Energy (March 25th, 2018)
11/18/20201 hour, 3 minutes, 42 seconds
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Ep18: Nancy Pfund 'Women backing Winners'

Further reading: Official Bio feature: smart finance for a sustainable food system (September 24th 2020) The Impact 50 list (September 8th 2020) Hawthorn Club Thought Leadership Series - Investing through Disruption (March 2020) She Made an Early Bet on Tesla. Here’s What Nancy Pfund Sees Now (August 9th 2019) What impact investor Nancy Pfund is thinking about (August 2nd 2019) Renewables Are Driving Up Electricity Prices. Wait, What? (March 12th 2015) Red, White and Green: The True Colors of America’s Clean Tech Jobs (September 2012) What Would Jefferson Do? The Historical Role of Federal Subsidies in Shaping America’s Energy Future (September 2011) THE 2017 INAUGURATION: Empowering a Clean Energy Nation (September 2016) General news about DBL 
11/11/20201 hour, 7 minutes, 38 seconds
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Ep17: Prof. Ernest J. Moniz 'Innovation and Power'

Further readingOfficial Bio  Energy Futures Initiativewww.energyfuturesinitiative.orgReport calls on California to lead on carbon capture for deep decarbonization (22nd October 2020)  An Action Plan for Carbon Capture and Storage in California: Opportunities, Challenges, and Solutions (October 2020) Climate Foundation North American Virtual Summit (24th of September 2020) Importance of Building Coalitions for a Clean Energy Recovery From COVID-19 (April 14th 2020)  The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) at a Glance (October 2020) the Air: Technological Carbon Dioxide Remove RD&D Initiative (2019)  Donald Trump on JCPOA (April 2015) Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz interviewed by BNEF’s Michael Liebreich at Summit (2014) 
11/6/20201 hour, 18 minutes, 32 seconds
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Ep16: Dr Kandeh K. Yumkella 'Sustainable Energy for All'

Further reading:Dr Yumkella’s Wikipedia entry\_Yumkella  Sustainable Energy for All  UNIDO  Rio+20  Death by Dirty Cooking, Employment and Migration in Africa  Sierra Leone’s Annus Horribilis 2019  The Power of the Prize  Power to the People (Kandeh Yumkella and Carlos Slim)  Project Bo Energy Nexus Network - TENN\_SL?s=20
11/4/20201 hour, 28 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ep15: Auke Hoekstra 'The Debunker-in-Chief'

Further reading:Auke’s profile on the  Eindhoven University of Technology’s  website’s bio & personal motivation – NEON research project’s Linkedin the lifetime green house gas emissions of electric cars with the emissions of cars using gasoline or diesel (2020)\_Studie-EAuto-versus-Verbrenner\_CO2.pdfBollox: eTrucks aren’t too heavy for European roads (14 September 2020) Auke: Recognition from Volkswagen is a milestone (2 September 2020) of the state-of-the-art of full-electric medium and heavy-duty trucks (October 2018)\_Evaluation\_of\_the\_state-of-the-art\_of\_full-electric\_medium\_and\_heavy-duty\_trucks‘Electric trucks: economically and environmentally desirable but misunderstood’ (2017)\_Hoekstra\_-\_Electric\_trucks\_economically\_and\_environmentally\_desirable\_but\_misunderstood.pdf
10/28/20201 hour, 6 minutes, 2 seconds
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Ep14: Jonathan Maxwell 'Cheaper, Cleaner, More Reliable'

Further reading:Jonathan’s official bio: Back Better: How utilities can get their own estates in order (27 July 2020) efficient, cool and smart: tackling climate change in a post-COVID world (15 June 2020) impact will lower oil prices have on clean energy? (27 May 2020) introduction to SDCL with CEO, Jonathan Maxwell (20 April 2020)’s interview with Proactive Investors (8 March 2019)
10/21/20201 hour, 1 minute, 4 seconds
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Ep13: Morgan Bazilian 'Poet of the Low-Carbon Transition'

Further reading:Morgan’s bio at the Colorado School of Mines Bazilian on Wikitia\_BazilianAnalytical Methods for Energy Diversity and Security (A tribute to the work of Dr. Shimon Awerbuch) for American exceptionalism (7 July 2020) American Foreign Policy Post-Trump (6 August 2020) is a reminder that interconnectivity is unavoidable (12 March 2020) do we design an inclusive energy transition? (March 2019) way the world produces and consumes energy is changing. How can we meet the needs of the future? (March 2017) Policies Needed to Advance Space Mining on which Morgan and Michael are co-authors:Re-considering the economics of photovoltaic power (Renewable Energy 2013)Morgan Bazilian, Ijeoma Onyeji, Michael Liebreich, Ian MacGill, Jennifer Chase, Jigar Shah, Dolf Gielen, Doug Arent, Doug Landfear, Shi Zhengrong source software and crowdsourcing for energy analysis (Energy Policy 2012)Morgan Bazilian, Andrew Rice, Juliana Rotich, Mark Howell, Joseph DeCarolis, Stuart Macmillan, Cameron Brooks, Florian Bauer, Michael Liebreich the Global Transformation to 21st Century Power Systems (The Electricity Journal 2013)Bazilian, M., Miller, M., Detchon, R., Liebreich, M., Blyth, W., Futch, M., Modi, V., Jones, L., Barkett, B., Howells, M., MacGill, I., Kammen, D.M., Mai, T., Wittenstein, M., Aggarwal, S., O'Malley, M., Carvallo, J.P., Welsch, M., Pugh, G., Weston, R., Arent, D.J. of Morgan’s creative writingMy Little Boy is Sitting on Flowers
10/14/20201 hour, 8 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ep12: Ramez Naam 'Seeing the Future'

Further readingRamez Naam’s website Naam’s author page on Amazon Cheaper Faster (2011) Naam: capitalism is not the enemy of climate (2015)’s future is insanely cheap for a solar singularity (Liebreich, December 2018)
10/7/20201 hour, 2 minutes, 21 seconds
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Ep11: Jon Dee 'From Celebrity to Action'

Further reading:Jon Dee’s website Ark Aid Armenia\_Aid\_ArmeniaPlanet Ark founders cut ties with 'lost' organisation Australia
9/30/20201 hour, 4 minutes, 12 seconds
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Ep10: Angela Francis 'A Green Deal without the Yellow Vests'

Further reading:“Saving the planet without making it everyone's top priority | Angela Francis | TEDxLondonWomen”“We can’t afford deals that destroy our planet”“Push and pull is needed to green our economy”“How to make green tech work for blue collar workers across the country”“Why British environmentalists should vote for Brexit” (by ML)
9/23/202054 minutes, 49 seconds
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Ep9: Jigar Shah 'Creating Climate Wealth'

Further reading:Jigar’s Wikipedia entry\_ShahRepublican Congressman to Oil and Gas Industry: ‘No More Subsidies’  - Jigar Shah argues for an end to fossil fuel subsidies—and a phase-out of clean energy subsidies. Capital Climate Wealth: Unlocking the Impact Economy (on Amazon) Energy Gang podcast
9/16/20201 hour, 6 minutes, 53 seconds
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Ep8: Roger Dennis 'The Price of Resilience'

Further reading:Roger Dennis’s website Dennis on LinkedIn From the West African Ebola Outbreak in Relation to New Zealand's Supply Chain Resilience (2015)\_Lessons\_From\_the\_West\_African\_Ebola\_Outbreak\_in\_Relation\_to\_New\_Zealand's\_Supply\_Chain\_ResilienceSensing City launch announcement City post-mortem: Smart cities encounter roadblocks
9/9/20201 hour, 4 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ep7: Bertrand Piccard 'A Good and Exciting Life'

Further reading:Bertrand Piccard’s website story of the Solar Impulse round-the-world electric flight to raise $170m for a crazy idea Impulse Foundation/World Alliance for Efficient Solutions Greatest Adventure, book on the balloon circumnavigation by pilots Piccard and Jones\_1\_1
9/2/20201 hour, 8 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ep6: Christiana Figueres 'To Paris and Beyond'

Further reading: Christiana’s bio on Wikipedia\_FigueresMichael’s November 2011 Businessweek Column: “Ya Basta: Stop the UN Climate Charade”’s December 2015 BloombergNEF blog: “We’ll always have Paris” Outrage and Optimism Future we Choose (on Amazon)
8/26/202048 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ep5: Kirsty Gogan 'Fighting for Nuclear'

Further reading:Kirsty’s bio on LinkedIn Innovation and Research Advisory Board and performance requirements for flexible advanced nuclear plants in US power markets Technology Perspectives 2020 Open Letter on EU sustainable finance for nuclear energy and climate
8/19/20201 hour, 58 seconds
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Ep4: Barbara Buchner 'Counting the Climate Cash'

Barbara’s bio on Wikipedia\_BuchnerGlobal Landscape of Climate Finance 2019 Innovation Lab for Climate Finance the Landscape: Tracking Finance for Electricity and Clean Cooking Access in High-Impact Countries Climate Finance Leadership Alliance Bailouts for a better world
8/12/20201 hour, 2 minutes, 4 seconds
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Ep3: Antony Slumbers 'Real Estate in the Crosshairs'

Furrther reading:Antony's bio: as a Service: The Trillion Dollar Hashtag Real Estate after the Apocalypse, The Workplace and Covid-19
8/5/20201 hour, 1 minute, 14 seconds
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Ep2: Rachel Kyte "Investing in climate leadership "

Further reading:Rachel’s bio Fletcher School of International Affairs at Tufts’s School Dean Kyte’s statement on inclusion and racial justice Energy For All (SE4All) of the Global Mini-grids Market Report 2020 (report by Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) and BloombergNEF) action does not require economic sacrifice (2015 World Bank blog by Rachel Kyte)
7/29/20201 hour, 15 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ep1: Prof. Cameron Hepburn "Building back better"

What makes a green stimulus? What might a better metric for economic performance than GDP look like? Who is the faster cyclist, Michael Liebreich or Cameron Hepburn, Dean of the Smith School at Oxford? Don’t miss the very first episode of Cleaning Up!
7/22/20201 hour, 41 seconds