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Five Degrees of Change
64 minutes | May 3, 2021
Saoirse McHugh, Political Activist
Saoirse McHugh is a political activist who has made a big impression in the two years since she first ran for election. In this week's episode, Saoirse gives her Five Degrees of Change, including shutting Ireland down as a tax haven, stopping flying, going vegan and establishing a Department of Food.
69 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
Michael E Mann, Climatologist at Pennsylvania State University
Michael E Mann, one of the world's best known climate scientists, gives his Five Degrees of Change for a better relationship with the planet. Michael explains why he has taken to the front line of the climate war, and how the forces of "inaction" are changing their tactics from outright climate denial, to deception, distraction and doom mongering.
59 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
Sinead Mercier, Lecturer in Environment, Sustainability and Social Justice
Sinead Mercier gives her Five Degrees of Change, including ensuring a just transition, only buying second hand clothes, and greater public ownership of our energy system.
67 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
Eamon Ryan, Irish Minister for Environment, Climate, Communications and Transport
Eamon Ryan, leader of the Irish Green Party and current Minister for Environment, Climate, Communications and Transport gives his Five Degrees of Change for a greener world. From growing our offshore wind industry, to getting Ireland's district heating system off the ground, to eating better for his health and the environment, Ryan displays a deep knowledge and passion for environmental policy.
70 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
Richard Bruton, Fine Gael TD and former Irish Minister for the Environment
Following the Irish last general election, the strained arithmetic of a three-way coalition between Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Green Party meant Richard Bruton lost out on a cabinet seat, despite being broadly recognised as having led an energetic reform agenda at the Department of the Environment over his term in office. His Climate Action Plan represented a sea change in Irish climate policy, and will serve as the framework for Irish climate action in years to come. In this episode, Richard gives his five degrees of change for a greener world.
63 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
Marie Donnelly, Chair of the Climate Change Advisory Council
Marie Donnelly, Chair of the Climate Change Advisory Council gives her Five Degrees of Change. The Climate Change Advisory Council advises the Irish government directly on climate policy and is instrumental in holding the Irish state to account for its climate progress.
84 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
David Connolly, CEO of Wind Energy Ireland
David Connolly of Wind Energy Ireland discusses three policy changes and two personal changes for a greener world in his episode of Five Degrees of Change.
49 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
Frans Timmermans, EU Commissioner for the European Green Deal
Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for the European Green Deal discussed his three policy changes and two personal changes for a greener world.
59 minutes | Mar 31, 2020
Eirgrid CEO Mark Foley
Daniel Murray is joined by Mark Foley, chief executive of Eirgrid, for the latest episode of Five Degrees of Change. Eirgrid operates the national electricity grid, which you use every time you turn on your lights at home, or power up your computer at work, or plug in your phone in a coffee shop. It delivers the electric lifeblood of our economy, and plans the electricity network out into the future so that power generation continues to meet projected electricity demand. It sources and connects new power generators to the grid, and it manages the distribution of that energy carefully to prevent surges or blackouts.
55 minutes | Mar 23, 2020
Codema CEO Donna Gartland
In episode ten, host Daniel Murray is joined by Donna Gartland, CEO of Codema, Dublin‘s energy agency. Donna is a qualified electrician who decided early on that she wanted to study energy engineering. After completing her Bachelors of Engineering in Energy in Tallaght Institute of Technology, Donna went on to do a masters in Denmark in sustainable energy planning. In 2013 Donna joined Codema where she worked as a senior energy planner, monitoring and reporting on the progress of the sustainable energy action plan for Dublin city whilst also working on Dublin‘s first district heating systems which could prove complete game changers for how we warm our homes in Ireland. Earlier this year Donna was appointed CEO of Codema, solidifying her position as a trailblazing leader in Ireland‘s sustainable energy sector. She and Daniel discussed heating systems, the role for gas in our energy future mix and even fossil fuel advertising.
62 minutes | Mar 17, 2020
Senior researcher in energy systems at UCC Dr Paul Deane
In Five Degrees of Change some of the most influential voices on Energy and Environment will propose three big policy changes, and also outline two small personal changes they have made to contribute to a greener world. In episode nine, host Daniel Murray is joined by senior researcher in energy systems at UCC Dr Paul Deane. Dr Paul Deane is an expert in the science, policy and economics of energy systems. He spends his time thinking about our energy futures and tries to understand how we will heat our homes, fuel our cars, use our lands and generate electricity in a cleaner way. Using computer modelling tools Paul probes different energy futures from a technical, societal and economical perspective. His research is helping to chart a way forward as the world gets to grips with climate change and the need for a low carbon world.
55 minutes | Mar 10, 2020
Environmental scientist and policy advisor Dr Tara Shine
59 minutes | Mar 3, 2020
Former TD and former president of the European Parliament Pat Cox
In Five Degrees of Change some of the most influential voices on Energy and Environment will propose three big policy changes, and also outline two small personal changes they have made to contribute to a greener world. In episode seven, host Daniel Murray is joined by former TD and former president of the European Parliament Pat Cox. Cox has extensive experience working at the highest political level and, in recent years, has been involved in several impactful climate projects, from a trans-European transport corridor, to overseeing multinational tyre company Michelin‘s sustainability programme.
48 minutes | Jan 14, 2020
CEO of Carbon Tracker Mark Campanale joins Daniel Murray for Five Degrees of Change, the energy and environment podcast from the Business Post
Mark Campanale is CEO of Carbon Tracker, the financial think tank that interprets the financial realities of the energy transition. Carbon Tracker is a hugely influential body. It has led the charge on convincing investors around the world to divest of their fossil fuel assets. It was Carbon Tracker that coined the term ‘carbon bubble’ when it produced a paper in 2011 concluding that there were more fossil fuel reserves in there world than could be safely burned according to the best climate science. That reported gained a cult like status after Bill McKibben used it as the basis for an article in Rolling Stone magazine. Carbon Tracker and Campanale then went on to coin the phrase ‘stranded asset’ which conceived that fossil fuel assets could become worthless in the coming years if the clean energy transition began to gather pace. The term is now a regular part of financial market jargon and the concept has led to investors around the world reconsidering the long term value of their fossil fuel assets.
62 minutes | Jan 6, 2020
Environmental activist, journalist and business owner John Gibbons joins Daniel Murray for Five Degrees of Change, the energy and environment podcast from the Business Post
John Gibbons is an environmental activist, journalist and business owner. John started his career working as a journalist across various beats. In the early 90’s he founded a healthcare communications company called MedMedia Group which today is one of the most successful healthcare publishers in Ireland. Despite John’s reputation as a dyed-in-the-wool eco activist it wasn’t until the birth of his daughter in the early 2000’s that John decided to take an interest in the environment and what kind of future lay in store for his daughter. Initially he started a blog called ‘Think or Swim’ as a means of solidifying his own thoughts on the climate and biodiversity crises. But in 2008 after building up a critical mass of knowledge John began contributing a weekly column on environmental issues to the Irish Times, reaching a national audience. Today, John splits his time between his healthcare communications business and his environmental activism and is one of the most recognisable voices in the country on climate change. He is a regular contributor to Irish broadcast media and he describes his own activism as freaking out and speaking out.
58 minutes | Dec 31, 2019
Business sustainability advisor Sue Garrard joins Daniel Murray for Five Degrees of Change, the energy and environment podcast from the Business Post
Sue Garrard is a sustainable business consultant and former executive at global consumer goods group Unilever. Sue has a unique perspective having worked at the highest level in both the public and the private sector. Before working for Unilever, Sue worked in the British government in the department of work and pensions, where, as the global recession kicked in, she was tasked with addressing the growing unemployment crisis. Nowadays, Sue tours the world campaigning for greater corporate transparency around their environmental impacts.
54 minutes | Dec 23, 2019
Lecturer and climate expert Professor John Sweeney joins Daniel Murray for Five Degrees of Change, the energy and environment podcast from the Business Post
In Five Degrees of Change some of the most influential voices on Energy and Environment will propose three big policy changes, and also outline two small personal changes they have made to contribute to a greener world. In episode three, host Daniel Murray is joined by lecturer and climate expert John Sweeney. Professor Sweeney has lectured at Maynooth University since the 1970‘s and is an expert on climate science and weather patterns. In his 30 year career he has produced over 100 scientific papers on climate change and has become one of Ireland’s most prominent voices on the subject.
43 minutes | Dec 16, 2019
Environmental scientist Cara Augustenborg joins Daniel Murray for Five Degrees of Change, the energy and environment podcast from the Business Post
In Five Degrees of Change some of the most influential voices on Energy and Environment will propose three big policy changes, and also outline two small personal changes they have made to contribute to a greener world. In episode two, host Daniel Murray is joined by climate scientist Cara Augustenborg. Cara is one of the most recognisable and critical voices on Ireland's environmental and climate performance and was appointed to the Council of State by President Michael D. Higgins earlier this year.
61 minutes | Dec 9, 2019
Economist John FitzGerald joins Daniel Murray for Five Degrees of Change, the energy and environment podcast from the Business Post
In 5 Degrees of Change some of the most influential voices on Energy and Environment will propose 3 big policy changes based on their area of expertise, and also outline two small personal changes they have made to contribute to a greener environment. In episode one, host Daniel Murray is joined by economist John FitzGerald. John has been an influential voice in Irish public life over a long and storied career that includes three decades spent with the Economic and Social Research Institute as well as a stint in the Department of Finance. John now chairs the Climate Change Advisory Council which directly advises the government on climate issues. He has always been seen as an exceptional communicator, being independently minded and of a creative persuasion, all attributes which are on clear display as he shares his five degrees of change.
2 minutes | Nov 28, 2019
Five Degrees of Change
Five Degrees of Change is the new energy and environment podcast series from the Business Post. Host Daniel Murray will explore how we can all make the necessary changes to reduce our impact on the environment at this critical time. He’ll be asking some of the most influential experts in politics, business and academia to propose three big environmental policy changes they would make if they had the opportunity, and to let us in on two small personal changes they have made to contribute to a cleaner, greener environment.
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