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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. Pics Credit - Unsplash | Guests

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. Pics Credit - Unsplash | Guests

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India

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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. Pics Credit - Unsplash | Guests

Language:

English


Episodes

53: Trapping emissions ft. Aker Carbon Capture

4/11/2021
What is Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS)? How does it work? Is direct air capture an efficient solution? All your questions on CCUS answered on this episode. Joining Girish Shivakumar is the CTO of Aker Carbon Capture Jim Stian Olsen, who shares the story of how Aker started developing its technical expertise around carbon capture. Also, how is it building its first CCUS plant in the Nordic? More about Aker Carbon Capture: https://www.akercarboncapture.com Follow Jim:...

Duration:00:30:02

52: Delivering sustainability in the materials value chain ft. Umicore

3/27/2021
Will we run out of Lithium for EV batteries? Is Cobalt ethically sourced? How much of metals can we extract through recycling? All your questions on the sustainability of material extraction, global supply chains and circular economy answered on this episode. Tom Van Bellinghen (VP, OEM Value Chain & Marketing) and Kedar Rele (Country General Manager & Director, India) from Umicore join Girish Shivakumar on a conversation. More about Umicore: https://www.umicore.com/ Follow Tom: Tom V...

Duration:00:41:44

51: How sustainable is urban farming? ft. Shalini Patwal

3/14/2021
Is urban farming really sustainable? Is it the same throughout the world? Why should look at it holistically? Shalini Patwal, an infrastructure development consultant passionate about climate change and sustainability, particularly in the context of water joins Girish Shivakumar on this episode to share her views on the impact of urban farming on the water infrastructure. Follow Shalini Patwal: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shalini-patwal-04a27a8/ Subscribe and listen on Apple...

Duration:00:50:14

50: Building a career in cleantech ft. Rajesh Bhat

2/20/2021
Do you want to know what it takes to build a career in cleantech? What should you consider if you are planning to turn an entrepreneur? On this special episode Rajesh Bhat joins Girish Shivakumar and shares his experience of witnessing the global cleantech transition and how young professionals can brace up to the challenge. Key insights on what you need to excel in this sector, what is the reason some start-ups succeed while others fail to take off and a lot more covered on this...

Duration:00:39:07

49: An upcycling story ft. Help Us Green

2/8/2021
Help Us Green has pioneered the art of converting flower waste into a useful product recreating the fragrance as it upcycles the waste or called flowercycling. In the process they have created an ecosystem helping women in rural India earn a livelihood and respect within the community. Karan Rastogi, the Co-Founder joins Girish Shivakumar to share the story. Follow Help Us Green: https://twitter.com/HelpUsGreen Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2LFBCVw Other...

Duration:00:24:15

48: UK’s 10 point plan for a green industrial revolution ft. Dr David Reiner

1/25/2021
UK set the ball rolling for countries to commit to a transition towards a zero carbon economy. Recently UK announced the 10 point plan for a green industrial revolution, the first major piece of strategy providing a context of what it intends to achieve across sectors. On this episode, Dr David Reiner, a political scientist and a senior lecturer at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge joins Girish Shivakumar to discuss the UK’s energy policy, its priorities as it transitions...

Duration:00:42:40

47: How does climate change impact renewable energy generation?

1/4/2021
How does climate change impact renewable energy generation? New evidence on how marine temperature rise and the unseasonal cyclonic events caused the variance in wind generation is here. On an average there was 5-11% across India with a few regions accounting for about 15% variance in India on a yearly basis. Asim Ahmed from REConnect Energy joins Girish Shivakumar on this episode to share his findings on how developers are coping up with the increased impacts of climate change in...

Duration:00:33:11

46: Converting waste to bio CNG and fertilizer ft. Carbon Masters

12/21/2020
Kevin Houston , co-founder of Carbon Masters joins Girish Shivakumar on this episode to share his entrepreneurial journey. The product, Carbonlites is India's very first compressed biogas brand and it is used for cooking and transportation. The output slurry is also used as an organic fertilizer. Their latest solution of getting Bio CNG through sewage treatment could be a game changer in terms of waste processing. Are you interested in setting up a decentralised unit anywhere in the...

Duration:00:38:38

45: Enabling businesses and individuals go carbon neutral ft. Carbonfund.org

12/7/2020
How can you reach your net zero goals if you can’t directly invest in a project? Carbonfund.org enables businesses and individuals go carbon neutral. Brian McFarland, Senior Vice President of Carbon Offset Projects joins Girish Shivakumar on this episode to share the story of Carbonfund.org More information on Brian & CarbonFund: https://carbonfund.org/ Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2LFBCVw Other platforms: http://bit.ly/2POiTW3 Web:...

Duration:00:24:48

44: Building and scaling up an energy analytics platform to support grid integration of Renewable Energy ft. REConnect Energy

11/23/2020
Vishal Pandya, co-founder of REConnect Energy, an entrepreneur who has built India’s leading energy analytics platform joins Girish Shivakumar to share the REConnect story. It’s a very a candid and engaging conversation on entrepreneurship in clean-tech sector and the 10 year journey of REConnect Energy. Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2LFBCVw Other platforms: http://bit.ly/2POiTW3 Web: www.missionshunya.com More information on REConnect Energy:...

Duration:00:50:26

43: Delivering sustainability projects in the developing world ft. Ecoforge

11/9/2020
On this episode Girish Shivakumar is joined by Sagar Gubbi, Managing Partner at Ecoforge Advisors, who shares the story of Ecoforge and how they are working to enable access to technology and capital in the developing world to combat the impact of Climate Change. Ecoforge works in the developing countries with investors and aid agencies in delivering sustainability projects and ‘forging’ relationships with cleantech entrepreneurs. Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts:...

Duration:01:04:02

42: Solubag – Water soluble bags as an alternative to common plastic

10/26/2020
“We want to eliminate single-use plastic bags” reads a statement on the website of Solubag, a company based out of Chile. Roberto Astete, Co-Founder joins Girish Shivakumar on this episode to share the story of conceptualising alternative products to single use plastics. The products from Solubag are soluble in warm and cold water distinctively. Interested to know more? https://bit.ly/3omSgIR Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2LFBCVw Other platforms:...

Duration:00:27:00

41: FSC and Sustainable Forestry

10/12/2020
What are the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certifications all about? Is a planned, managed forest area really sustainable? Can the status quo be changed? On this podcast episode Amar Deshpande (aka Amar Vyas), Country Manager for FSC in India joins Girish Shivakumar to discuss sustainable forestry and FSC's role in it. Amar is also a passionate storyteller and founder of Gaatha Story (https://gaathastory.in/podcasts/). Connect with Amar - https://twitter.com/MeAmarVyas Show notes and...

Duration:00:50:56

40: Decarbonisation Futures – Australia’s road to net zero emissions

9/28/2020
Discussing the global transition to net zero emissions is one of the themes of Mission Shunya (Shunya =Zero). Recently, ClimateWorks Australia, published the Decarbonisation Futures study that outlined the trajectory for Australia to get to net zero by 2050. Climateworks Australia’s primary goal through the study is to enable Australia reach its net zero emissions by 2050. Tom Yankos who led the study team joins Girish Shivakumar on this podcast episode. ClimateWorks:...

Duration:00:31:04

39: Carbon Initiative Forum – Climate Change Awareness at Grassroots Level

9/14/2020
Carbon Initiative Forum (CIF) aims to create climate change awareness at grassroots level. Why is it important? How do they go about doing it? How can you get involved? On this episode Sandeep Roy Choudhury joins Girish Shivakumar to share his journey of building VNV advisory services and working on projects of impact and having a positive impact on communities. The action item for this episode is to check the Carbon Footprint Calculator, an easy tool available on the homepage...

Duration:00:34:29

38: Conversation on Zero Toxicity, Corporate Climate Actions, EU Green Deal & more

8/31/2020
In the last few years we have come across commitments from a range of global corporations committing to going 100% RE, reducing their emissions to net zero or in fact turning to net positive. What are the targets based on, how realistic are these targets from the timeline perspective. We will discuss more of this on this episode. Thaddeus Anim-Somuah who has done a lot of work in the sustainability space particularly being an active campaigner for European Union’s New Green Deal joins...

Duration:00:29:49

37: Creating environmental awareness among children using behavioural economics & play based learning

8/17/2020
How can behavioural economics and nudge be used to create awareness on environmental issues among children? Amishi Parasrampuria from Upcycler’s lab joins Girish Shivakumar to share the story of how products and games are designed with intent to make play based learning more impactful. Link to connect with Upcycler’s Lab: https://upcyclerslab.com/ Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2LFBCVw Other platforms: http://bit.ly/2POiTW3 Web:...

Duration:00:36:15

36: The Energy Talk - Energy & Sustainability in India

8/3/2020
Olubunmi Olajide, the host of The Energy Talk podcast joins Girish Shivakumar to share his interest and work around telling stories from the global energy transition. Olubunmi featured the work of Mission Shunya earlier on The Energy Talk podcast. Links to connect with Olubunmi: https://bit.ly/3fcHUWc | The Energy Talk Podcast: https://theenergytalk.disha.page/ Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2LFBCVw Other platforms: http://bit.ly/2POiTW3 Web:...

Duration:00:47:01

35: SDG 6: Access to clean water ft. WaterScope

7/20/2020
1 in 10 people in the world don’t have access to clean water. The UN declared access to clean water and sanitation as a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 6) in 2015. WaterScope has developed an inexpensive, rapid water testing microscope capable of identifying bacterial presence in water. Alexander Patto, CEO & CO-Founder of WaterScope joins Girish Shivakumar in a conversation to share the story. Links to connect with Alex: https://bit.ly/3fMJxed | WaterScope:...

Duration:00:39:17

34: Renewable Energy as a Service for Industries

7/6/2020
Renewable Energy (RE) procurement has moved on from being a corporate goal driven procurement for industries to cost-economics driven decision. How are the RE developers evolving to provide value to this category of consumers? How can Commercial & Industrial spaces avail Renewable Energy as a Service? Siddarth Krishna Kumar from Renew Power joins Girish Shivakumar to share his views on the new range of solutions being offered to the Commercial & Industrial (C&I) clients. Is the timing...

Duration:00:28:39