Net Zero

Quicker, bigger, better!

Our fifth in our Grantham series looks at the role of innovation in helping us to deliver things to the market that have an impact in a timescale which is 10 times shorter and involving 10 times as many people than the Industrial Revolution – and doing this without making too many boo boos along the way! We discuss who has been thinking about what that takes and how we innovate the way we innovate.

On the road to net zero

We kick off 2020 with Planet Pod’s fourth episode in collaboration with the Grantham Institute which looks at the impact of travel and transport on climate change and our ability to achieve a net zero carbon economy by 2050. Amanda is joined by experts Dr Audrey de Nazelle and Dr Mark Stettler. We look at the intersection between environmental sciences, health behaviour, transportation, air quality and urban planning and consider what’s the right route to get us to a net zero future.

Talking Trash

Get down and dirty with Planet Pod.
We talk about waste – methane, landfill and water. How wasteful is the UK? Where does your recycling go? How much is recycled? What is residual waste? Can you avoid making waste in the first place? Can waste have value?
In this third episode of our series about getting to Net Zero, Professors Chris Cheeseman and Nick Voulvoulis of The Grantham Institute spill the beans about what happening in the UK’s bins.

Clean Energy Revolution

Clean Green Energy: locally sourced – locally managed. Just a pipe dream or realistic vision of the future? In the second of our shared series with the Grantham Institute, Dr Jeff Hardy and Dr Madeleine Morris explore what smart local net zero energy systems mean for our communities, for our energy bills and for our lives … a positive smorgasbord of new ways of heating and powering our homes and businesses….!

Planet Pod gets to Zero

Join Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change member and Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III Professor Jim Skea & Alyssa Gilbert, Director of Policy and Translation at the Grantham Institute for the first in our shared series on getting to Net Zero. They take an in-depth look at the target of net zero emissions and help to answer questions like What is Net Zero? How do we achieve it? What will it look like? Can we get there by 2050?

Planet Pod’s Climate Emergency Update

Emissions gaps, carbon budgets, net zero, global heating, 1.5 or 2 degC .....

…… we pick big brains at The Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College to get the latest update on the climate emergency and unravel the language, science and policy of climate change.

Planet Pod talked to Dr Joeri Rogelj, Leading Climate Scientist and Lecturer in Climate Change and the Environment and Dr Alyssa Gilbert, Head of Policy and Translation for Climate Change and the Environment for this special episode marking Climate Action Week.

Our guests:

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Alyssa Gilbert is the Director of Policy and Translation at the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment. Alyssa connects climate and environment research from across the university with policymakers and businesses to ensure that research has impact. Alyssa was, until recently, a member of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)’s Strategic Programme Advisory Committee (SPAG) and was previously a Board Member of the Climate Markets Investments Association (CMIA).

Prior to joining Imperial in 2015, Alyssa worked at the specialist energy and climate consultancy Ecofys providing policy design and evaluation services.

Find out more about Alyssa here

Click here to see the 9 Things You Can Do About Climate Change which Alyssa and Joeri talk about in this episode

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Dr Joeri Rogelj is Lecturer in Climate Change and the Environment at the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London, and Senior Research Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). He researches how we can translate what we know about the climate system into climate policy. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles, including on scenario analysis of low-carbon emissions pathways, carbon budgets, and interactions between the achievement of climate and sustainable development goals. Over the past decade, Joeri Rogelj has led several major international scientific climate change assessments which involve close tracking of both climate science and international policy, including the annual Emissions Gap Reports by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). He served as a Coordinating Lead Author on the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, and is currrently a Lead Author on the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report. He is a member of the United Nations Secretary-General Climate Science Advisory Group.

Joeri Rogelj holds a PhD in climate science from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and a Master’s degree in Engineering and a postgraduate degree in Development Studies, both from KU Leuven, Belgium. In 2016, he was awarded the inaugural Piers Sellers Award for his world-leading contributions to solution-focused climate research.


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Planet Pod discusses the Future of Energy with DNV GL’s Al Karim Govindji and Joe Wadsworth from Good Energy

While the news on climate change and species loss is gloomy (see links below) there is some light on the energy front:  last month we hit 76 hours without coal! What does this mean for consumers and policy makers? How much of our energy comes from wind, solar or nuclear?  What does the future of sustainable energy look like?  Find out the truth behind the stats – and hear our Planet Pod myth busts on green and not so green energy…..

Our guests:

Al-Karim Govindji

Al-Karim Govindji is the Director and Service Area Manager for Energy Management within DNV GL’s Energy Advisory practice covering the EMEA region. His teams support governments, multilateral development banks, industrials and utilities on a range of programmes, including on policy impacts to drive energy efficiency, demand side management, site energy efficiency and environmental compliance.

Prior to this Al-Karim worked at The Carbon Trust, with an emphasis on technology innovation. Al-Karim ran a global programme for the UN as part of the Sustainable Energy for All called the Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator; in partnership with UNIDO. Al-Karim was responsible at The Carbon Trust for running a £9m UK Government industrial innovation demonstration programme. Al-Karim has also delivered projects in China and Japan that harness the UK’s offshore wind expertise to identify opportunities for cost reduction and he managed a smart meter project for Colombia and a policy project for Malaysia to promote CHP in industry. Prior to that, Al-Karim had a career in management consulting and banking, working with A.T. Kearney and Bank of America.

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Joe Wadsworth is Head of I&C Sales and Partnerships, Good Energy.  Joe heads up the business sales team at Good Energy focused on larger business sales, corporate partnerships and the broker channel. We are a successful, values-led team with a real purpose – to help our customers and clients engage with how they use, generate or store their energy and be part of a sustainable solution to climate change.

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

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