The Sustainability & You Podcast

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The Sustainability & You podcasts are a series of interviews with experts in science, academia, government, business, NGO’s and economists amongst others, all of whom influence and shape the race to net zero. It’s purpose is to create greater awareness and connectivity between all these different actors so that we can accelerate decarbonisation and ESG solutions. read less
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Sustainability & You Episode 36 - Jaya Vaidhyanathan
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Sustainability & You Episode 36 - Jaya Vaidhyanathan
In this episode of the Sustainability & You podcast, we speak to Jaya Vaidhyanathan, CEO of BCT Digital. She is renowned as both a pioneer and a trailblazer in the realm of financial technology. Since joining BCT Digital in 2014, Jaya has led the company through significant innovations that have reshaped the landscape of risk management in banking. Jaya spearheaded the development of rt360 in 2016-17, a pioneering technology enabled point solution that revolutionized risk management.  In 2022, under Jaya’s guidance, BCT Digital launched rt360-ESG, the first ever solution dedicated to track Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) parameters. We talk about the intersection of sustainability and technology, and how technology can be used effectively in the execution of sustainability strategies. Used well, Jaya advocates that technology solutions can be a cost effective solution that increases compliance with chosen standards of reporting, transparency, effective reporting, monitoring and measuring of ESG related KPI’s.  Importantly, we discuss the importance of good governance in the implementation of sustainability initiatives, and how technology can be used to bolster that. Sustainability & You is a not for profit platform designed to bring together experts, influencers and decision makers in the field of sustainability and climate change. Our mission is to bring together leading voices to explore solutions and accelerate change. We bring together both senior and younger voices so that all those impacted by climate change are heard. Josephine can be contacted at jrbush@sustineristrategy.com
Sustainability & You Episode 32 - Maya de Souza
Jul 3 2023
Sustainability & You Episode 32 - Maya de Souza
In this episode of the Sustainability & You podcast we speak to Maya de Souza. Maya leads the Business in the Community’s (BITC) Circular Economy Taskforce considering the connection between better management of resources, safeguarding natural environment and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and the vital role that business can play in achieving change. Prior to this, Maya led Defra’s (the UK Government Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs) Circular Economy Policy and International Engagement Team. Her responsibilities included developing policy and a programme on waste prevention, taking forward the development of policy measures to support designing out of waste through standards and consumer information, analysing the relationship between the  policy framework and a transition to a circular economy, as well as engaging internationally in this field.  She has broad environmental policy experience from working on the natural environment – leading on soil protection policy and farming standards – as well as flood risk and green public procurement. Sustainability & You is a not for profit platform designed to bring together experts, influencers and decision makers in the field of sustainability and climate change. Our mission is to bring together leading voices to explore solutions and accelerate change. We bring together both senior and younger voices so that all those impacted by climate change are heard.   Josephine can be contacted at jrbush@sustineristrategy.com
Sustainability & You Episode 30 - Young Ambassadors
Jan 9 2023
Sustainability & You Episode 30 - Young Ambassadors
In this episode of the Sustainability & You podcast, Josephine Bush is joined by the Sustainability & You Young Ambassadors. They all discuss the highs and lows within Sustainable Finance during 2022, the outcomes of COP27 and COP15 and how the agreements at these COPs impact their work and careers. They also discuss how and why focus on nature financing increased in 2022, what global action the Young Ambassadors hope will be taken in 2023 and how to remain positive when things feel tough for sustainability.   The Young Ambassadors joining this podcast are; Katie Davies. Katie recently joined political communications agency Seahorse Environmental, where she works as a consultant specialising in energy and sustainable finance. Before this, Katie was a journalist at IJGlobal reporting on mergers & acquisitions in the renewable energy sector across Europe.   Stephanie Glover. Stephanie is Head of Strategy and Sustainable Finance for Guernsey Finance. Stephanie represents Guernsey at the United Nations Financial Centres for Sustainability network and is a member of TheCityUK Next Generation Leadership Council. Phillip Schauer. Philip is a Senior Consultant at Guidehouse and Technical Assistance Lad for the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF). Tilly Wickens. Tilly works in the renewables space and was a Commercial Lead for Clean Energy Capital. Emily Baigent. Emily is completing her Master’s degree in Carbon Management at the University of Edinburgh and is a Placement Sustainability Consultant at TFT. Emily is passionate about sustainability within buildings and has a degree in Building Surveying.   Sustainability & You is a not for profit platform designed to bring together experts, influencers and decision makers in the field of sustainability and climate change. Our mission is to bring together leading voices to explore solutions and accelerate change. We bring together both senior and younger voices so that all those impacted by climate change are heard.   Josephine can be contacted at jrbush@sustineristrategy.com
Sustainability & You Episode 29 - Mindy Hernandez
Nov 28 2022
Sustainability & You Episode 29 - Mindy Hernandez
In this episode of the Sustainability & You podcast, we interview Mindy Hernandez, discussing the intersection of behavioural science and sustainability. Mindy leads the World Resources Institutes’s Living Lab for Equitable Climate Action (https://www.wri.org/initiatives/living-lab-equitable-climate-action). She is an applied behavioural researcher focusing on pro-social behaviours like energy conservation, voting, and medication adherence. Previously, Mindy advised governments, companies, donors, and NGO’s around the world on applying behavioural science to measurably improve programs and policies, including working as a liaison to the White House’s Social and Behavioural Science Team for the U.S. Agency for International Development.  We talk about the role of behavioural science in the formulation of environmental policy, influencing behavioural change in particular as it relates to demand side responses, the moral aspects of consciously influencing behaviours and the further potential of behavioural science as an instrument to move us towards net zero goals.  You will be interested to note that The Living Lab and WRI's Sustainability team is working on a very practical “Playbook for Sustainable Businesses”. The aim of this is to provide an actionable toolkit for business leaders on what actions to prioritize within their institutions. This includes help on tracking/quantifying progress, tools and templates on everything from how to devise impactful business travel and catering policies to how to build a green supply chain and procurement systems. If you or your business might be interested in supporting the Playbook or being a Beta tester for this Playbook, please get in touch with Mindy.hernandez@wri.org. In this episode, we also welcome Katie Davies as a new young ambassador to the S&Y platform. Katie recently joined political communications agency Seahorse Environmental, where she works as a consultant specialising in energy/sustainable finance. Before this, Katie was a journalist at IJGlobal reporting on mergers & acquisitions in the renewable energy sector across Europe. Her work included writing exclusives on large-scale renewables deals, alongside in-depth case studies on a variety of sectors. Katie graduated from the University of Manchester in 2020 with a first-class BA in History, before obtaining a Master's degree from UCL – also in History.   Sustainability & You is a not for profit platform designed to bring together experts, influencers and decision makers in the field of sustainability and climate change. Our mission is to bring together leading voices to explore solutions and accelerate change. We bring together both senior and younger voices so that all those impacted by climate change are heard. Josephine can be contacted at jrbush@sustineristrategy.com
Sustainability & You Episode 28 - Morton Rongaard
Oct 31 2022
Sustainability & You Episode 28 - Morton Rongaard
In this episode of the Sustainability & You podcast we interview Morton Rongaard, CEO and co-founder of Reality +. He is recognised as a pioneer in the fields of Blockchain, Crypto Currencies and Augmented Reality. Morten is a regular speaker around the world on those topics and board member of the Nordic Blockchain Association and holds several advisor positions. We explore the world of blockchain as it relates to sustainability.  The convergence of these two worlds creates many challenges and opportunities, but in realising its potential, we look at how blockchain may be leveraged to advance sustainable objectives, through traceability, disclosures, provenance of carbon credits and other applications.  We also look at the sustainable footprint of blockchain itself, and its own challenges in moving to net zero.   We welcome on board as well a new young ambassador, Emily Baigent. Emily is reading for an MSC in Carbon Management at the University of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh Climate Change Institute, having achieved BSc (Tons) in Building Surveying (First class). She is currently a sustainability consultant with TFT. She was identified as one of EY’s 94 Network for future female C-Suite leaders.   Sustainability & You is a not for profit platform designed to bring together experts, influencers and decision makers in the field of sustainability and climate change. Our mission is to bring together leading voices to explore solutions and accelerate change. We bring together both senior and younger voices so that all those impacted by climate change are heard. Josephine can be contacted at jrbush@sustineristrategy.com
Sustainability & You Episode 26 - Marija Rompani
Jul 11 2022
Sustainability & You Episode 26 - Marija Rompani
In this episode of the Sustainability & You podcast we interview Marija Rompani, Director of Sustainability & Ethics at John Lewis Partnership. Marija is passionate about the role of business in creating a sustainable future and help achieve the UN SDGs. Marija has extensive experience in the sustainable agenda across finance, FMCG and retail businesses with a successful track record of gaining C-Suite buy in, and developing and executing initiatives to drive positive change while growing strategic internal and external partnerships. We talk about the John Lewis approach to sustainability and the fundamental tenets of their strategy. We talk about the attributes to lead in this space and to influence those with whom strategic decision making sits. Marija talks about the role of the customer in influencing the shape and direction of the business, particularly as it pertains to sustainable products and services. In addition to sharing her personal journey, Marija shares how the next generation too can migrate into these leadership roles. Sustainability & You is a not for profit platform designed to bring together experts, influencers and decision makers in the field of sustainability and climate change. Our mission is to bring together leading voices to explore solutions and accelerate change. We bring together both senior and younger voices so that all those impacted by climate change are heard. Josephine can be contacted at jrbush@sustineristrategy.com
Sustainability & You Episode 25 - Chris Jackson
Jun 12 2022
Sustainability & You Episode 25 - Chris Jackson
In this episode of the Sustainability & You podcast, Stephanie Glover and I speak with Christopher Jackson, CEO of Protium Green Solutions Ltd, a UK green hydrogen energy services company. Chris originally began working on hydrogen through the World Bank, where his research helped secure the Bank’s first internal funding for Hydrogen & Fuel research in over a decade. Subsequently Chris became an advisor to colleagues within the World Bank and IFC on hydrogen and fuel cell projects. Chris founded Protium in 2019. They build, own, operate and finance green hydrogen and renewable energy infrastructure assets, and from those provide hydrogen as an energy service (HESCO) to customers. The company’s mission is to power businesses with sun, wind and water. We talk about the role of hydrogen in the race to net zero, its use cases, the economic model for rolling it out more widely and the need to educate on its potential.  Chris explains to us grass roots up how hydrogen has a critical role to play in the energy mix, and articulates some of the challenges in accelerating its progress, requiring convergence of policy, capital, and private enterprise.   Sustainability & You is a not for profit platform designed to bring together experts, influencers and decision makers in the field of sustainability and climate change. Our mission is to bring together leading voices to explore solutions and accelerate change. We bring together both senior and younger voices so that all those impacted by climate change are heard. Josephine can be contacted at jrbush@sustineristrategy.com
Sustainability & You Episode 24 - Ben Goldsmith
May 16 2022
Sustainability & You Episode 24 - Ben Goldsmith
In this episode of the Sustainability & You podcast we interview Ben Goldsmith.  Ben is CEO of Menhaden Capital Management LLP which manages London listed investment trust Menhaden Capital plc, which invests in business opportunities arising from the efficient use of energy and resources. Ben has a variety of other roles both as a trustee and non executive director. We focus on Ben’s passion for and commitment to the environment, defining his ‘purpose’ as creating impactful change.  We discuss the state of play in the UK on biodiversity and the multitude of opportunity there are to regenerate the land, rewild, and reforest. Establishing viable business models is critical to the success of this, so Ben shares examples of where he sees this coming to life, whether that is local business paying for ecosystem benefits, regulation or government subsidy driving investment opportunity into biodiversity projects. Ben also eloquently makes the case for further education on the critical role of biodiversity in the race to zero, mirroring Dasgupta’s call to action here.     Sustainability & You is a not for profit platform designed to bring together experts, influencers and decision makers in the field of sustainability and climate change. Our mission is to bring together leading voices to explore solutions and accelerate change. We bring together both senior and younger voices so that all those impacted by climate change are heard. Josephine can be contacted at jrbush@sustineristrategy.com
Sustainability & You Episode 22 - Georgia Stewart
Apr 11 2022
Sustainability & You Episode 22 - Georgia Stewart
In this episode of Sustainability & You we have an interview with a difference.  Three of our Young Ambassadors interview a young entrepreneur, Founder and CEO of Tumelo, Georgia Stewart. You will know that we are passionate about giving voice to the next generation of leaders so what better way to do that than hand over the reigns to our Young Ambassadors. The ever impressive Georgia Stewart founded Tumelo in January 2018 to help every investor have positive impact. Tumelo’s solution gives retail investors and pension members visibility over their underlying fund holdings and a shareholder voice on issues they care about at companies they own, such as gender equality or climate change. Their white label software plugs into existing investment platforms and pension portals, driving positive engagement between investment providers and their clients and, ultimately, influencing better stewardship across the asset management industry. Georgia shares her journey and  leadership challenges, engaging with a roundtable discussion with our Young Ambassadors.   Sustainability & You is a not for profit platform designed to bring together experts, influencers and decision makers in the field of sustainability and climate change. Our mission is to bring together leading voices to explore solutions and accelerate change. We bring together both senior and younger voices so that all those impacted by climate change are heard. Josephine can be contacted at jrbush@sustineristrategy.com
Sustainability & You Episode 21 - Emma Howard Boyd CBE
Mar 7 2022
Sustainability & You Episode 21 - Emma Howard Boyd CBE
This episode of Sustainability & You was recorded before the  outbreak of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Emma and I were very keen to extend our thoughts to all those suffering as a result of the conflict. The episode was also recorded before Storm Eunice and Franklin.   In this episode of the Sustainability & You podcast, we interview Emma Howard Boyd CBE.  Emma has been the Chair of the Environment Agency since 2016. She’s also an Ex officio board member of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, and an Advisor to the Board of Trade. Emma, with a background in finance, is a board member or advisor to many organisations which include The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project, the Green Finance Institute, the Coalition for Climate Resilient Investment, the Centre for Greening Finance and Investment, the Council for Sustainable Business, the European Climate Foundation, and Menhaden PLC. Emma was the UK Commissioner to the Global Commission on Adaptation from 2018 until its sunset in January 2021.   Emma, Tilly and I talk about the role of adaptation finance and the need for more focus, learning, and allocation of capital to adaption initiatives. Against the backdrop of climate change and real life events that bring to life the realities of the science, we talk about what is actually happening in the world and the real stories that evidence real world impacts. Emma shares the challenges and opportunities that we face as governments, organisations, communities and individuals as we look to adapt to this new reality.  As a passionate advocate of the central place of and for adaption finance, Emma makes the case eloquently for further focus and data that enables effective policy and decisions.  Emma also shares her experience of influential role models and women who have helped to guide and mould her views and behaviours,  acting herself then as the role model for the next generation.    Sustainability & You is a not for profit platform designed to bring together experts, influencers and decision makers in the field of sustainability and climate change. Our mission is to bring together leading voices to explore solutions and accelerate change. We bring together both senior and younger voices so that all those impacted by climate change are heard. Josephine can be contacted at jrbush@sustineristrategy.com
Sustainability & You Episode 19 - Dr. Francis Wedin
Jan 24 2022
Sustainability & You Episode 19 - Dr. Francis Wedin
In this episode of the Sustainability & You podcast we speak to Dr. Francis Wedin, Managing Director of Vulcan Energy Resources Limited, an Australian listed entity. Vulcan is a generator electricity from a geothermal source of brine located in the Upper Rhine Valley region of Germany.  The brine is then taken to extract high grade lithium hydroxide monohydrate for the battery EV market. The extraction process for the lithium is in the feasibility stage of development.  This method of lithium extraction will be a first of its kind zero carbon extraction process, providing a critical raw ingredient for the fast growing EV sector.  Francis is a founder and leader of the business having taken it from ideation through to commercialisation of the process and product. He is an example of a much needed dynamic forward thinking leader, who is both passionate about the environment and focused on delivering value to Vulcan’s shareholders. He talks about how he developed the business, what it means to be a zero carbon business, the role of the corporate in delivering net zero, his approach to risk and opportunity development as well as what it means to be an effective green leader of the future.  Sustainability & You is a not for profit platform designed to bring together experts, influencers and decision makers in the field of sustainability and climate change. Our mission is to bring together leading voices to explore solutions and accelerate change. We bring together both senior and younger voices so that all those impacted by climate change are heard. Josephine can be contacted at jrbush@sustineristrategy.com *Josephine Bush is a non-executive director of Vulcan Energy Resources Ltd
Sustainability & You Episode 18 - Anna-Marie Slot
Nov 29 2021
Sustainability & You Episode 18 - Anna-Marie Slot
In this episode of Sustainability & You, we talk with Anna-Marie Slot.  Anna-Marie is a senior partner at the pre-eminent law firm Ashursts. She is head of ESG and sustainability and a partner in their finance practice. She has two decades of experience acting for investment banks and companies in a wide range of corporate finance and securities transactions, including high yield debt offerings, green bonds, liability management and more.  We talk about the rising incidence of climate litigation and how this might inform the role of law, financial and corporate decision making, assessments of risk and the approach to liability and opportunity management around evolving strategies.  These are  especially prevalent thought processes in light of the recent IPCC 6th Assessment report that attributes global warming to anthropogenic causes.  In time, this may mean that large corporates may ultimately be attributed their proportionate share of global warming and responsibility for consequential damages that may follow.The role of legislation and the courts is discussed in tandem with other actors who are expected to generate momentum towards net zero. Sustainability & You is a not for profit platform designed to bring together experts, influencers and decision makers in the field of sustainability and climate change. Our mission is to bring together leading voices to explore solutions and accelerate change. We bring together both senior and younger voices so that all those impacted by climate change are heard. Josephine can be contacted at jrbush@sustineristrategy.com