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19 minutes | Jan 20, 2022
Crystal Ball 2022
On our fourth annual Crystal Ball episode, we delve into seven sustainable sectors to predict how they will fare in 2022: Carbon Capture: 01:49 Recycling Plastics: 03:08 Batteries: 04:56 Hydrogen: 6:49 Green Building/Construction: 08:58 Agriculture: 10:24 Sustainability-Linked Bonds: 12:39
38 minutes | Dec 23, 2021
The Role of the Stock Exchange in Greening the Economy
Julia Hoggett, CEO of the LSE led the promotion of the ‘Green Economy Mark' –a classification system for companies that generate green revenues. She believes that "the only way we get to net zero and stay there is if the entirety of the economy moves on a global basis." Going forward, she lists her three chief objectives to be: o creating better ESG and climate disclosure and data, o growing the green economy, and o supporting the just transition to low carbon and net-zero economy.
22 minutes | Dec 9, 2021
Sustainability Trends: Top 3 Picks for December 2021
This month Denise and Shari tackle the latest news in blended finance, carbon pricing, and green fuel for aviation and shipping.
27 minutes | Nov 25, 2021
Sustainability Trends: Top 3 Picks for November 2021
IFC Senior Vice President Stephanie von Friedeburg explains how COP26 impacts IFC's future strategy. Rivian IPO sparks huge interest, and billionaires Warren Buffet and Bill Gates go nuclear. All that, plus two listener questions with a Latin American flavor...
34 minutes | Nov 11, 2021
Raising the Standards of Climate Change Reporting
On this episode, Denise and Shari teeter on the edge of Outrage and Optimism as they discuss corporate disclosures, reporting transparency, policy pledges, and what follows COP26 with CDP founder and podcast host Paul Dickinson. More...
24 minutes | Oct 29, 2021
Sustainability Trends: Top 3 Picks for October 2021
On the eve of COP26, hosts Denise Odaro and Shari Friedman discuss the recent IEA warning that based on current emissions pledges, the world is still on course for a 2.7C rise. Plus, this month's top public and private trends and an audience question from New York City.
34 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
Mark Campanale: Seeking Transparency in the Unburnable
One key to every net zero path is comprehensive reporting, but that can't happen if key variables are excluded. For example, if you're tracking emissions, it's important to track not only the amount of carbon in the air, but how much is being burned. Another factor may be fit. That is, are market actions matching what the science is telling us? Well... are they? Carbon Tracker's Mark Campanale joins Climate Biz to dish the dirt... or perhaps the carbon. More...
4 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
Season 4: Navigating the Green Brick Road towards a Net Zero Path
In Season 4, Climate Biz will build upon the blueprints presented in episodes past in areas such as heating/cooling, cement, fashion, sustainability linked investing, so that together we can consider better practices, avoid past mistakes, and devise a pathway to Net Zero. Listen in to get a head start and discover where financing is looking for solutions. More...
34 minutes | Aug 24, 2021
Dalmia Cement: Greening the Gray
Cement is often literally the foundation of our infrastructure. It’s an essential product, but also a problematic one. Globally, 8% of our carbon footprint comes from its production. Mahendra Singhi, CEO of India’s Dalmia Cement is taking on the problem using a multi-pronged strategy he describes as “clean, green, and profitable.” But utilizing alternative energy, better mixes & biomass to reach net zero is not enough for Singhi. His true goal is for Dalmia to become a net negative carbon producer by 2040
26 minutes | Aug 10, 2021
Green Bonds: Evolution of a Revolution Part II
Green bonds have become more than just fashionable and a new trend in sustainability-linked bonds. Globally, regulators aim to incentivize and elevate green bonds to become the gold standard for companies looking to raise money for climate-friendly projects. This move could make green bonds an essential part of every corporate wardrobe. Fittingly (pun intended), ClimateBiz spoke to two pioneers in the apparel industry, VF Corp and H&M to discuss their recent offerings.
47 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
Green Bonds: Evolution of a Revolution Part I
When the first Green Bonds were issued in the late 2000s, no one imagined the demand to come. The first public offering was done by IFC and it sold out in only a few hours. Since then, Green Bonds have grown from around $2.5 billion in 2012 over $270 billion in 2020 with analysts projecting even further growth this year. Today, bonds are sought out as an investment option by pensions funds, insurers, and central banks, but according to Sean Kidney, CEO at the Climate Bonds Initiative and IFC's Treasurer John Gandolfo, their greatest potential may lie in their ability to change the terms of the debate.
14 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
Acciona: A Business as Unusual in Unusual Times
It's one thing to fit all the puzzle pieces together when constructing your energy portfolio, but another to do so while trying to design a whole new picture at the same time. Rafael Mateo, CEO of Energy at Acciona, says growth in the renewable energy market requires flexibility, nimbleness, and the ability to keep an eye open for innovative technologies. ClimateBiz Host Shari Friedman caught up to him to discuss how the Spanish company is attempting to "look around the corner" in order to build capacity not only for today, but for the economy of the future.
22 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
Sustainability Trends: Top 3 Picks for June 2021
Shari and Denise are back with the second edition of the new and improved Sustainability Trends: Top 3 Picks for May 2021. They start with the latest IEA report on net-zero emissions pathways, then unravel some game changing news from global oil majors, and share an update on the booming electric vehicle sector. This month’s picks: IEA’s Net Zero by 2050: Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector ExxonMobil, Chevron lose key shareholder votes and Dutch court orders Shell to cut emissions faster A big month for electric vehicles This month’s question comes from Rodney from Hong Kong, who asks if net-zero trends are impacting blended finance for climate. To share some insights, we welcome IFC’s Kruskaia Sierra-Escalante, Head of Blended Finance. Relevant Links: Podcast show page: ifc.org/climatebiz IEA’s Net Zero by 2050: Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector: https://www.iea.org/reports/net-zero-by-2050 David Dodwell, “IEA’s net zero emissions road map puts a knife to the fossil fuel industry’s neck", South China Morning Post IFC’s Blended Finance: ifc.org/blendedfinance
18 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
The Many Ways We Innovate 4 Climate
ClimateBiz hit the red carpet for the fifth annual Innovate4Climate conference. This year, over 8,000 delegates from more than 80 countries attended the World Bank Group's flagship climate event. That roster included a Who’s Who in Climate: Patricia Espinosa (Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change), Larry Fink (CEO, BlackRock,) and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Director-General, the World Trade Organization), and so many more. The three day event is both a forward looking conference as well as a check on where things stand in sustainability, alternative energy, jobs, and policy. It really is the Oscars of the climate scene! Join Shari and Denise as they break it all down: from plans and problems to the best and worst dressed.
3 minutes | May 20, 2021
It's Time to Innovate for Climate
The World Bank Group’s fifth annual Innovate4Climate (I4C) Conference runs from May 25th to May 27th. The event promises to bring together leaders focused on transformative and innovative action on climate change. Join ClimateBiz hosts Shari Friedman and Denise Odaro as they offer a quick peek at what's to come and then check out the conference site to see the schedule, lineup, and for free registration: https://www.innovate4climate.com/about.
18 minutes | May 6, 2021
Sustainability Trends: Top 3 Picks for May 2021
Sustainability Trends: Top 3 Picks for May 2021 Join Shari and Denise for the new and improved Sustainability Trends: Top 3 Picks for May 2021. They start off by checking in on where we are regarding global GHG emissions and what groups like IEA and the UN have to say. This month's picks: The US Climate Summit: Who made what kind of climate commitments, and what does it mean for the private sector? The net zero trend among investors and asset managers: What’s their process, Mark Carney’s new Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ), do we have the required technologies to meet these goals, and the launch of Temasek and BlackRock’s new Decarbonization Partners climate tech fund. World's whitest paint: How does this simple technology match up with traditional air conditioners? The episode ends with another new segment: Questions from our listeners. Shari and Denise take Mike from New York’s question on plastics – what happens if plastic waste isn’t recycled and doesn’t go to a landfill? What is chemical recycling, and what’s pyrolysis? Podcast show page: ifc.org/climatebiz Felix Salmon/Axios article on the summit: A zero-carbon future is now the central thesis for most financial giants, Available at: https://www.axios.com/climate-summit-green-energy-investing-5b8c2c1e-3873-4345-b620-d0bc8b6f7de4.html
36 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
From Commitment to Action: A Conversation with WWF's Carter Roberts & IFC's Makhtar Diop
Words can inspire or rally the troops, but in the end, they must lead to action. On this episode of ClimateBiz, Shari and Denise speak about turning corporate commitments into results, and what's being done to mitigate the effects of climate change and biodiversity loss with the International Finance Corporation’s Makhtar Diop and the World Wildlife Fund’s Carter Roberts. We’ll explore habitat preservation, sustainable agriculture, the transmission of diseases, jazz, and much, much more.
35 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
Marine Plastics: Navigating the Circular Currents
Plastic. It's everywhere. And that's part of the problem. In our oceans alone, the equivalent of a truckload of plastic waste is dumped every minute. This impacts the food chain, livelihoods, and our health. What can be done? What is being done? ClimateBiz takes on the issue of marine plastic waste with Rob Kaplan, founder and CEO of circulate capital and IFCs Director and global head for climate for Vivek Pathak.
14 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
Women of the Green Rebuild
On this episode, ClimateBiz celebrates some women with a very green thumb indeed. Women in leadership roles have helped businesses become greener on multiple fronts. When it comes to profits, on average, gender balanced businesses yield 10-20% greater profits. And the success isn't limited just to the bottom line, but can be seen on multiple fronts, including innovation, efficiency, policy, etc.
34 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
Danfoss: Sustaining the Cool
Are you cool? No, I mean... do you have air conditioning? A refrigerator? A freezer? According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, the cooling sector is expected to grow from $135 billion dollars in 2018 to approximately $170 billion in 2030. During this same period, the associated electrical energy costs are expected to triple. Focusing on more immediate concerns, cold chains have become increasingly important for vaccines and hospitals. ClimateBiz talks to Danfoss President of Climate Solutions, Jürgen Fischer about how to cool the world without warming the planet.
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