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Mission Shunya

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Mission Shunya (Shunya=Zero) is all about the transition to a zero carbon economy. The podcast features conversations related to clean-tech and sustainability. A new podcast episode is released every fortnight. Experts from around the world are featured along with people whose businesses and actions are having a positive impact and aims to inspire every individual take action to do their bit for the planet. Renewable energy, electric vehicles, sustainable development, climate change, circular economy are just a few of the topics that will be covered. Logo - H. Neve | Pics Credit - TerreGeneration | Prema | Unsplash | Guests | Theme Music - C. Henry

Location:

India

Description:

Mission Shunya (Shunya=Zero) is all about the transition to a zero carbon economy. The podcast features conversations related to clean-tech and sustainability. A new podcast episode is released every fortnight. Experts from around the world are featured along with people whose businesses and actions are having a positive impact and aims to inspire every individual take action to do their bit for the planet. Renewable energy, electric vehicles, sustainable development, climate change, circular economy are just a few of the topics that will be covered. Logo - H. Neve | Pics Credit - TerreGeneration | Prema | Unsplash | Guests | Theme Music - C. Henry

Language:

English


Episodes

95: Sustainability and major sport events ft. Jitesh Brahmkshatriya

1/14/2023
Qatar spent nearly 15 times more than Russia in hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, was it worth it? Are big sporting events really sustainable in the long run? Was London Olympics of 2012 the real success story? All this and more discussed on this episode where Girish Shivakumar is joined by Jitesh Brahmkshatriya, Senior Director at CBRE. Key topics: Sustainability of large infrastructure projects Positive impacts of London Olympics Sustainability in Beijing & Tokyo Olympics Qatar’s net...

Duration:00:28:12

94: Building a business empire in micro-mobility from kick scooters to Microlino ft. Wim Ouboter

12/17/2022
First & last mile commute account for nearly 25% of transport emissions and sustainable micro-mobility is the way forward. Wim Ouboter, the ‘Swiss Elon Musk’, founder of Micro Mobility Systems joins Girish Shivakumar on this episode sharing his story of building a business around kick scooters and now launching the Microlino. Key topics: Importance of innovation in business Storytelling and brand building The role of partners in scaling a business Connect with Wim:...

Duration:00:29:37

93: Winter is coming: Is Europe ready for it? ft. Matthew Myers

12/3/2022
The unexpected events in Europe have resulted in an energy crisis of sorts but the biggest fear is the winter that is around the corner. Matthew Myers joins Girish Shivakumar to share his perspectives on the current situation. Key topics: The energy price rise in Europe Natural gas situation in UK and Europe Demand side measures for the winter The importance of thermostats The economics of heat pumps Connect with Matt: http://bit.ly/3iD14vy Artwork courtesy -...

Duration:00:38:40

92: Building and scaling a business in recycling ft. A.L.N. Rao, Exigo Recycling

11/19/2022
Everyone talks about recycling and reusing resources but what does it take to setup & scale a business in this sector? A.L.N. Rao, CEO of Exigo Recycling joins Girish Shivakumar to share his experience. Key topics: · What it takes to set up & scale recycling business in India? · The importance of informal sector in the landscape · The evolving policy and regulatory landscape for recycling in India · Why is the process more important than the technology used in recycling? · Is this...

Duration:00:29:45

91: Mission LiFE (Lifestyle for Environment): Nudging individuals towards climate action

11/5/2022
How can you get started with small action steps for a sustainable living? Girish Shivakumar & Premasri Girish discuss the Mission LiFE (Lifestyle for Environment) programme. Key topics: 75 small action steps for everyday sustainable living Apply to the Mission LiFE global call for ideas: https://www.niti.gov.in/life | LiFE document: https://bit.ly/3U9OeD0 Artwork courtesy - www.terregeneration.com a content agency specialised in telling stories in climate, biodiversity and...

Duration:00:15:59

90: Play a virtual game to plant real trees ft. Michael Libenson, Carbon Counts

10/22/2022
Wouldn’t it be fun if your daily dose of game time resulted in planting more trees? Well, that’s exactly what Michael Libenson has set out to do with the EverForest game. Michael joins Girish Shivakumar on this episode to share his idea behind this new game which is aimed to create a fun and socially inclusive behavioural nudges ultimately resulting in more trees on ground. Listen in to join the fun. Michael is a serial entrepreneur and avid outdoorsman, who hikes, climbs, skis, and...

Duration:00:27:47

89: Why should we care about reducing our carbon footprint? ft. Frank Dalene

10/8/2022
Why should we care about reducing our carbon footprint? Can we have a universal carbon label? All this and a lot more discussed on this episode where Girish Shivakumar is in conversation with Frank Dalene. Frank Dalene is President and CEO of Telemark, Inc and has over four decades of experience in the construction sector. On an even larger scale, Frank is innovating the manner in which companies can assess their carbon footprint. Through his ICEMAN (International Carbon Equivalent...

Duration:00:28:48

88: Creating a unique value proposition ft. startup stories

9/17/2022
Every business needs a value differentiator, so how do entrepreneurs’ discover their USP/UVP? Girish Shivakumar and Premasri Girish pick up a few entrepreneurs and their stories from the channel on this episode. Listen to full episodes here- EnergyX, Lithium extraction (Ep.12-https://bit.ly/3Bt9s6G) Waterscope, Water testing (Ep. 35- https://bit.ly/3xyLSV7) Rimagined, Upcycled products (Ep.8- https://bit.ly/3dnJGc2) Eco-hike, Clothing from plastic (Ep.23-...

Duration:00:27:57

87: Reducing the carbon footprint of food ft. Kapil, Edible Routes

9/3/2022
Did you know that growing your own food is good for the planet? Have you tried farming? If not, you can always rent a small farm to grow your food. This conversation between Girish Shivakumar and Kapil Mandawewala from Edible Routes is all about growing your own food and reducing your carbon footprint. Connect with Kapil https://edibleroutes.com/ | https://www.instagram.com/edibleroutes Artwork courtesy - www.terregeneration.com a content agency specialised in telling stories in...

Duration:00:34:03

86: Closed loop recycling of water ft. Aditi A, Organic Solutions

8/20/2022
What happens to water after you flush it down the drain? You might not care. But, water is a stressed asset and it is high time we start to close the loop. Closed loop recycling of water is the theme of this episode where Aditi of Organic Solutions joins Girish Shivakumar to share her story and the organic water treatment solutions developed by them for both small and medium scale residential units. Connect with Aditi www.organicsolutions.in Artwork courtesy -...

Duration:00:35:34

85: Critical metals, commodity prices & a lot more ft. Taso Arima, IperionX

8/6/2022
Are the high commodity prices going to be the new normal? What is the role of critical metals in the net zero transition and also a lot more about Titanium and recycling on this episode featuring a conversation between Girish Shivakumar and Anastasios (Taso) Arima from IperionX. Connect with Taso Arima https://iperionx.com/ | https://bit.ly/3SmypIC Artwork courtesy - www.terregeneration.com a content agency specialised in telling stories in climate, biodiversity and...

Duration:00:29:58

84: How do I choose the right EV? Here's my 1000 mile update

7/24/2022
Electric Vehicles (EV) are the talk of the town (globally)! So, how do you decide if EV is right for you? Which category of EV should you choose? What are the incentives available for purchasing an EV? All this and more discussed on this episode. Girish Shivakumar along with Premasri Girish share their personal journey and experience in owning an EV and completing 1000+miles so far on this episode. Any questions? Missionshunya[@]gmail.com is the id. Artwork courtesy -...

Duration:00:18:54

83: The Start:Eco-Entrepreneurs tell us how their journeys began

6/25/2022
When was the last time you had a light-bulb moment for an idea? What drives you to do the work you do? How did you get started with your passion project? All these questions lead to some interesting stories and this episode is a short compilation of such stories from a few of our guests who appeared on the episodes earlier. Pursuing a passion project or being an entrepreneur in the sustainability sector comes with its own set of challenges but the ultimate goal which drives them is...

Duration:00:22:21

82: Can we break free from plastic? ft. Von Hernandez

6/11/2022
Today, we produce about 400 million tonnes of plastic waste every year. Our Planet is choking with plastics. How can we break free from plastics? What are the alternatives? How can brands and organisations be more responsible? As a consumer, what can you do to have a positive impact? Joining Girish Shivakumar is Von Hernandez, Global Coordinator, Break Free From Plastic. The Break Free From Plastic Movement is a global movement envisioning a future free from plastic pollution. Connect...

Duration:00:34:47

81: Building the cities of the future ft. Pedro B. Ortiz

5/28/2022
68% of the global population will be living in urban areas by 2050 according to the UN but, are our cities prepared for it? How can building cities move away from the conventional methods to make them more resilient? Why should we build better cities if we are to reach the global net zero targets? Joining Girish Shivakumar is Pedro B. Ortiz, an acclaimed expert when it comes to building cities. He popularized the Metro Matrix theory of city building. Among his various distinctions and...

Duration:00:42:40

80: Envisioning a waste-free world ft. Anne Johnson, RRS

5/14/2022
Recovering valuable resources from waste is only the last leg of the journey. But what goes into setting up the process for private & public sector stakeholders to ensure we build a zero- waste world. What are the best practices for market development in waste management and recycling that developing countries can adopt? On this episode Anne Johnson joins Girish Shivakumar to share her experience in developing systems and processes for waste segregation, processing and recycling at...

Duration:00:37:50

79: What goes into the preparation of an IPCC report? ft. Aditi Mukherjee

4/30/2022
The IPCC publishes comprehensive reports about climate change, the impacts and potential solutions. But what goes behind in the preparation of the reports? How are the authors' onboarded? How do they go about preparing the massive reports that have a significant global influence? Dr Aditi Mukherji, Principal Researcher at the International Water Management Institute and a coordinating Lead Author of IPCC WG II report joins Girish Shivakumar to share her experience of working on the report...

Duration:00:36:53

78: Building the circular economy of plastic ft. Pratibha Dewett, Lucro

4/16/2022
How can you ensure better plastic recovery? Can businesses benefit from recycled plastic? How do you build the circular economy of plastic? Pratibha Dewett, Chief Sustainability and Marketing officer of Lucro Plastecycle, an Indian plastic waste collector, recycler and product manufacturer joins Girish Shivakumar on this episode to share the story of how Lucro pioneered in developing post-consumer recyclable products, to achieve circular economy for plastics in India. Connect with...

Duration:00:36:19

77: CO2 Battery:Manipulating CO2 to fight climate change ft. Claudio Spadacini,Energy Dome

4/2/2022
What are the drawbacks of Lithium batteries? Can CO2 be used as a source for a battery? Are alternatives to lithium batteries price competitive? Claudio Spadacini, Founder & CEO at Energy Dome joins Girish Shivakumar on this episode to share the technology behind Energy Dome and how they are using CO2 against Climate Change. Energy Dome’s focus is long duration energy storage. Connect with Claudio: https://energydome.com/ |...

Duration:00:29:16

76: Chemical recycling: Closing the loop ft. Maurizio Crippa, Gr3n

3/19/2022
What is chemical recycling? Is it sustainable? Can circular economy in chemical recycling be achieved at a local scale? Maurizio Crippa PhD, CEO at Gr3n Recycling joins Girish Shivakumar on this episode to share his experience working as a materials scientist trying to solve the biggest problems through innovative solution. The result is Gr3n recycling with a vision of making plastics circular. Connect with Maurizio: https://gr3n-recycling.com/| https://bit.ly/368FUQ8 Artwork...

Duration:00:25:09