Global Goals

Planet Pod goes Underground with Growing Underground’s Richard Ballard and Faye Tomson from District Eating

Something is stirring in the tunnels of South London and it isn’t the Northern Line!

Join Amanda and guest co-host Alex Gilbert as they chat deep below London with Richard Ballard, co-founder of Growing Underground and Faye Tomson, MD of Central Eating.  Hear how how disused WWII air raid shelter tunnels are being put to good use to grow salad crops organically, efficiently and unbelievably fast.  Find out more about how unused heat generated from district heating networks can be used to grow food.  These really are examples of Smart Food Production in action!

Our guests:

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Richard Ballard has started an agricultural revolution along with business partner Steven Dring in the form of Growing Underground. Located 100ft under the streets of London in disused WW2 Air Raid Shelter, this subterranean urban farm sustainably produces micro-greens using the latest LED technology. The duo are now delivering fresh hyper local produce to retailers and the London wholesale markets.

Sustainably feeding the city from within the city, Richard is obsessed by all things green tech and the future of cities.

Click on the following links to view the film he made which inspired Growing Underground – full length and animation only

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Faye Tomson is an Energy and Environmental Engineer with extensive experience working in the fields of district heating, low carbon heat infrastructure projects, and industrial resource efficiency. She has worked on some of the UKs most cutting-edge heat infrastructure projects, as well as with some large-scale industrial food and drink producers, advising on resource efficiency. Faye spent several years working for the UK Government Heat Network Development Unit.

Faye comes from a family of farmers and horticulturalists, so has a lifelong experience of food markets and production. It was this background combined with her previous work experience that led Faye to realise the opportunity for efficiency savings for all stakeholders that can be achieved when the gap between energy use and 
food production is bridged.
Faye is an alumni of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, and as well as being commercially aware, she also has a desire to maximise the very real social benefits that can be achieved through urban and community farming.  

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Guest co-host for this episode:

Alex Gilbert is Senior Energy Strategy Manager at TfL as well as being Principal and Director of Clean Growth Ltd.  In his role with TfL he is curating, commercialising and delivering the energy projects that will assist in the transformation of TfL – London’s largest and most significant energy user.

HOT NEWS:  We are delighted that Planet Pod has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Be The Change Awards 2019.  See our short award entry video here.

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Planet Pod talks Sustainable Sourcing with Fairtrade’s David Finlay and eco chef Tom Hunt

Question:  What has a banana, your mobile phone and your fridge got in common?  Answer:  They can all be Fairtrade products!

Listen to our latest pod to find out how the gold in your phone (or even in your fridge) is as important to the Fairtrade movement as the banana in your fruitbowl. Join Amanda in conversation with David Finlay from Fairtrade Foundation and award winning eco chef Tom Hunt as they discuss gold, coffee and bananas…plus Tom’s secret recipe for hot chocolate!

2019 marks the 25th Anniversary of Fairtrade in the UK and presents an opportune moment to re-examine both its need and relevance.

Our guests:

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David Finlay is a Supply Chain Manager at Fairtrade Foundation, where he has worked for the last 8 years. In his time with Fairtrade, he has supported a wide range of initiatives particularly with cocoa, coffee and, more recently, gold producers in the Lake Victoria Region of East Africa.

Call to action:  Please support Fairtrade by

  • Buying Fairtrade certified products
  • Taking action in Fairtrade Fortnight (25 Feb – 10 Mar 19) to campaign for fairer prices for cocoa farmers – see below for info and links

Links:

What is Fairtrade

How to get involved in Fairtrade Fortnight 2019

10 facts on how Fairtrade tackles food security

Food security briefing report

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Tom Hunt is an award-winning chef, food writer, Guardian columnist, cookbook author and sustainable food expert. He co-owns a small restaurant called Poco in Bristol – awarded the most sustainable restaurant in the U.K. in both 2016 and 2018 – and works as a sustainability consultant. Tom prioritises people and the environment within his work and believes in a fair global food system where our actions benefit the environment.

Fairtrade Fortnight: 25 February – 10 March 2019

For two weeks each year, thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to celebrate the people who grow our food, people who live in some of the poorest countries in the world and who are often exploited and badly paid. This year we are focusing on the people – in particular the women – who grow the cocoa in the chocolate we love so much.

FIND OUT MORE AND GET INVOLVED HERE

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Planet Pod talks smart cities and EVs with Alex Gilbert, Celine Cluzel and Naomi Nye

Refreshed from our Christmas break, Planet Pod is brimming full of energy for 2019!  What better way to start than by talking to our guests Alex Gilbert, TfL’s Senior Energy Strategy Manger, low carbon energy consultant Element Energy’s Celine Cluzel and Naomi Nye, EV Sales Manager at Alfen, about the opportunities and challenges associated with sustainable transport and smart cities.  This is the first in a series of podcasts focusing on Global Goal 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities.

 

Our guests:

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Alex Gilbert is Senior Energy Strategy Manager at TfL as well as being Principal and Director of Clean Growth Ltd.  In his role with TfL he is curating, commercialising and delivering the energy projects that will assist in the transformation of TfL; London’s largest and most significant energy user.

This includes, but is by no means limited to: renewables; energy efficiency; transport electrification (including EV charge-points); power and thermal storage; private wire electricity supply; waste heat from the Underground; low carbon housing and urban infrastructure; sustainable property solutions; and decentralised energy networks.

In Alex’s opinion TfL offers the single greatest opportunity to make substantive social & environmental improvements within London.  He asks that, if any Planet Pod listeners have a relevant solution for our Capital, please get in touch with him!

 

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Celine Cluzel is one of the directors at Element Energy, a consultancy focused on low carbon energy. She leads the transport practice in the London office, with work spanning from cycling freight, cars, trucks, buses and even battery trains; looking at electric, hydrogen and biofuels. She regularly works for the UK Department for Transport, major UK cities and the private sector.

 

Naomi Nye

Naomi Nye has been involved in the EV infrastructure in the UK for the last 5 years, previously working for a UK manufacturer of EV charge points, before moving to Alfen in March 2018. Naomi is EV Sales Manager UK at Alfen which supplies smart EV solutions via our range of distributors and partners.

 

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Planet Pod talks sustainability with James Stephens, Aston Martin’s Director of Global Government & External Affairs

During a a break at a recent sustainability seminar hosted by Aston Martin Lagonda at their Gaydon factory (at which Planet Pod hosts Amanda, Jim and Steve ran breakout sessions) Planet Pod took a pit stop to talk with James Stephens, Director of Global Government and External Affairs, about Aston Martin’s approach to sustainability.  James discusses the drivers for sustainability for this luxury marque and the importance of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (aka Global Goals) and explains to Amanda staff engagement with the car manufacturer’s operational sustainability programme.  We also get a glimpse of the future of high-end personal mobility in the form of the Aston Martin Volante Vision Concept and discuss the company’s plans for prestige EVs.

LINKS:
Aston Martin

Volante Vision Concept

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James Stephens has been Director Global Government & External Affairs at Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. since August 2015. He is responsible for government affairs, corporate social responsibility and stakeholder relations for Aston Martin Lagonda worldwide.

Prior to Aston Martin Lagonda he served in a number of senior positions for Nissan Motor Company in Europe and BAE Systems in both the UK and United States.

 

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Global Goals

In this episode of Planet Pod hosts Amanda Carpenter (Achill Management) and Steve Malkin (The Planet Mark) are talking to our guests about the UN Sustainable Development Goals, (aka the Global Goals) and how organisations can help achieve these.  Joining Amanda and Steve are Louise Scott, the COO for PwC’s Global Sustainability Network, who is leading the firm’s work in relation to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and Carolina Karlström who brings a broad knowledge of sustainability, the result of over 20 years of experience in the sustainable energy sector and in leading strategic and professional sustainability roles. As a well as being a regular blogger Carolina has a different perspective on realising the SDGS as she leads and the successful SDG Network MeetUp.

Links to the publications and organisations mentioned by our guests include:

PwC’s “Navigating the Global Goals” document

Project Everyone

Meetup.com

Business and Sustainable Development Commission

UN Global Compact

Global Reporting Initiative

World Benchmarking Alliance

Planet Mark SDG Mapping Tool

Carolina Karlström’s blog