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Examining the strategies and deployments around decarbonisation in hard to abate sectors, we speak with CEOs, heads of corporate strategy, CTOs, Innovation/R&D, project directors & heads of carbon management from around the world. Hosted by Decarb Connect & produced by Janno Media.
 
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Kicking off our month of focus on innovation, join Alex and Jan Skjoldhammer of NoviOcean to talk about their wave energy tech and the role of wave power in the renewables mix. In this conversation they look at the current instability in the energy market and how new forms of energy could play into it.You’ll also explore the business model and infr…
 
Join one of the Decarbonisation Leaders Network’s council members, Geoff Mackey, for a discussion about his experiences at COP26, the value of carbon literacy, and the core activities underpinning BASF’s sustainability activities. Throughout the conversation, one of the recurring themes is the power of knowing your CO2 baseline and rooting your str…
 
How does a gas utility transition to a clean energy network? Chris Kroeker, Emerging Technology Program Manager of NW Natural, joins Alex to discuss how his company (a gas utility based in Oregon) is transitioning from natural gas to hydrogen. The conversation explores the need for any transition to deliver economical decarbonization in order to ke…
 
Neil Chatterjee was, until August 2021, the member of the commission at FERC and now is a senior advisor at Hogan Lovells. With a background in policy, legislation and regulation he joined Alex to look at his work with the commission at FERC and what he thinks is needed in the US energy market to make progress to lower carbon energy smooth – specif…
 
Global construction projections point to a massive growth over the next couple of decades which equates to building something the size of New York City every month. Think about that… the steel… the cement… the co2 that is produced as a result. So all we need are green materials, right? In the short term the challenge lies in the “green premium” and…
 
This podcast is taken from one of Decarb Connect Europe’s fireside chats. Join Cate Hight, Chief Operating Officer of the Mission Possible Partnership, and Thorsten Hahn, CEO of Holcim in Germany, to explore how Holcim's global science based target is being applied at the national level. Thorsten shares his thoughts on the low hanging fruit of co2 …
 
As with all climate-related activities, attention on voluntary disclosures is gaining momentum. With the prospect of mandatory disclosures on the horizon - how are different stakeholders expectations going to change and what will this mean for industry and corporates? David Lammers, Deputy Director of Corporate Engagement at CDP Europe joins Alex t…
 
In this episode we explore how the MIDDEN project in the Netherlands collects data that ensures industrial groups can accelerate decarbonisation. Using data from across Dutch industry (energy usage, material flows, greenhouse gas emissions) the MIDDEN project offers publicly available insights and data that help hard to abate sectors make the right…
 
Join Ben Moens, Managing Director of Sustainability Solutions at Engie Impact, as he talks with Alex about the real predictors of decarbonisation success. How can companies graduate from pilot/single-project thinking to systems transformation? What could a shift from ROI thinking to Total Cost of Ownership reveal? What kinds of partnerships and col…
 
Andrew Smith of Greenbackers joins Alex to explore their success in matching investors to the right decarbonisation tech with true commercial potential. They talk about how to reverse engineer net zero by 2050 and how much of it requires new business models vs new tech. They also explore the role that CVCs, VCs & PE play best. Listen in to find out…
 
With CCUS projects emerging across Europe and around the world, the role of carbon capture in industrial decarbonisation is gaining pace. Join Alex and Aniruddha for a discussion that covers both his hopes and expectations for COP26 and the emerging CCaaS business model, as well as exploring the company’s established and more nascent projects. Link…
 
Claes Fredriksson, CEO of Liquid Wind, joins Alex to talk about the work they are doing to develop at-scale production of green methanol from biogenic co2. They explore the development of green fuels projects at scale and how they piece together the key partners & technologies. A great opportunity to hear about the project development of at-scale p…
 
Carl Weatherell, CEO of Canada Mining Innovation Center, joins Alex to talk about the enormous value of setting much more aspirational goals (Zero waste, Zero emissions) and applying a radical innovation approach that leverages coopetition, collaboration and co-development across the mining sector. Plenty of big ideas here for other energy-intensiv…
 
Ravi Gurumurthy, CEO of Nesta, joins Alex Cameron to talk about decarbonising domestic heat and the urgent changes needed to achieve net zero in the UK. Nesta is the UK’s innovation agency for social good and in March, Nesta published it’s ambitious 10 year strategy which aims to improve the lives of millions through mission-led innovation. Ravi Gu…
 
Emily Reichert, CEO of Greentown Labs and Pat Sapinsley, Managing Director of Cleantech Initiatives at the NYU Urban Future Lab, join Alex to talk about their joint C2V initiative, an accelerator taking the first carbon to value cohort through a program to drive scale and commercial opportunity in this cutting edge category of climate tech. We defi…
 
Nico Girod of Clear Blue Markets talks with Alex about the hot and growing market for voluntary offsets. We explore their roots and factors that are driving their growth, we also talk about the difference between high quality offsets and those that carry more reputational risk. We look at the questions corporates bring to discussions of offsets, th…
 
Dr Bryony Livesey leads the Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge (IDC), which forms part of the UK’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF). IDC is a £170m programme with £261m match funding from industry, designed to deploy low carbon technologies and enabling infrastructure in heavily industrialised regions of the UK. Bryony and Alex talk abou…
 
Join Alex and Joe Raia for a discussion about how Abaxx’s exchange launch presents an opportunity to create carbon neutral and offset trading products for commodities traders managing portfolios of hard to abate products. We talk about the rapid movement of global markets towards practices and policies that support ESG initiatives and investments a…
 
Andrew Smith of Greenbackers joins Alex to explore their success in matching investors to the right decarbonisation tech with true commercial potential. They talk about how to reverse engineer net zero by 2050 and how much of it requires new business models vs new tech. They also explore the role that CVCs, VCs & PE play best. Listen in to find out…
 
Simon Ighofose talks with Alex about building technology and a new business out of a passion for supporting off-grid communities. We look at the pyrolisis tech that is the heart of PyroGenesys' business, and we talk about the scale of the market opportunity for both developed industrial markets as so-called "bottom of the pyramid" off-grid communit…
 
Rich Powell talks with Alex about the work ClearPath does to drive policies in support of the energy transition in the US. While much is made of the democrat agenda in this space, we talk about conservative support for the energy transition and the types of programs of work and policies that they are driving to support it. We also touch on the bi-p…
 
With lots of change in the market for investments in clean tech, Caroline Abramo (Chief Investment Officer of Pana LCE Investments) joins Alex to talk about how private equity can invest in cleantech and decarbonization solutions in a way that really drives the right outcome. Listen in to a discussion about the fiduciary duties investors have to th…
 
If the goal of ESG is to support & drive the corporate transition to net zero/better climate stewardship, is it working? Massive growth is being seen in these funds and there are plenty of bold statements about what they can achieve - but with few simple answers for hard to abate sectors, are ESG strategies simply going to lead to more cost and mor…
 
Renewables, industrial efficiency, CCUS & hydrogen are all up for discussion - as is the analysis that points to nature-based solutions being the a key route to deliver ing net zero. Whatever your interest in decarbonisation, settle in for different perspective and (sometimes) controversial insights. We talk carbon pricing, technology readiness and…
 
Whether you're new to the Decarb Connect podcast or looking for an assessment of North American policy and opportunities, join Jeff Rissman and Alex Cameron to look at the cross-cutting technologies as well as industry-specific tools that could define industrial decarbonization. We look at both energy-related emissions as well as process-related em…
 
Routes to industrial decarbonization may run from CCUS to fuel switching and energy efficiency, but no area is gaining greater interest that how co2 itself can be transformed into valuable products. Cemvita's approach is already showing that valuable products (bio ethylene is just one example) can be created for clients by taking nature-inspired pr…
 
How could forming industrial clusters help create co2 and other waste offtake opportunities for energy-intensive sectors? Imagine heat, co2, waste and other outputs being used efficiently to create valuable products. Rhys Roth joins Alex to talk about his experience in bringing Industrial Symbiosis as a concept to Washington State and the potential…
 
Energy-intensive sectors are well and truly under the spotlight with decarbonization action demanded by investors, customers and in legislation. Xavier D'Hubert joins Alex Cameron to look at the frequently cited challenge - how do industrials finance the transition when projects financing requirements can run in to hundreds of millions? How do we d…
 
Patrick Child joins Alex to explore how Mission Innovation works across 24 governments to stimulate global clean energy innovation efforts. We talk about the amount of public investments driven to date ($4.9billion) and the work they are doing to bring at-scale investment from private sector to the issue alongside public sector funds. Listen in to …
 
Advanced Infrastructure’s digital twin model allows UK corporates to get a full picture of their co2 intensity from energy. With emerging co2 reporting regulations pointing to a time when accuracy in co2 reporting will be more than a reputational risk, we discuss how this data can reveal commercial opportunity and what types of gains customers are …
 
In a change from our recent episodes which focused more on the finance and innovation themes in decarbonisation, this week we explore the roadmaps that hard to abate companies need to have in place. Cem Gercek, the Area Manager and Decarbonisation Lead at Carmeuse, talks with Aya Pariy about the main elements of their in house decarbonisation roadm…
 
Green steel, green ceramics – in fact green-any-hard-abate-material – decarbonisation discussions usually focus on fuel switching, energy efficiency or the increased recycling of these same materials. The work being led by Professor Veena Sahajwalla shows that innovative reuse, reforming and recycling of alternative materials (from old tyres to gla…
 
The EIC offers up to €17,5 million in financing, blending grants and equity-based investments. Starting as a pilot programme within Horizon 2020 (2014-2020), the EIC has become one of the most ambitious and successful funding schemes worldwide. Louis Papaemmanuel joins Alex to talk about its continued plans a part of the forthcoming Horizon Europe …
 
Attention amongst hard to abate sectors is turning more to how to invest at scale in decarbonisation, and to do that - what business models exist to make co2 planning sustainable. Dr Paula Carey, Co-Founder & Technical Director of Carbon8, joins Alex to talk about the essential shift in mindset that is needed… viewing co2 as an asset rather than an…
 
The voluntary carbon offsets market offers short term opportunities and possibly longer term gains as part of a net zero strategy. But with 17000+ opportunities to offset emission globally, how can industrials ensure that they choose the appropriate programme, and how can they further ensure that it can evidence accountability and true additionalit…
 
The Knowledge Transfer Networks role in the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) is to connect the innovators and manufacturers with grant-based funding that can be applied to energy efficiency projects. Given that a key element of decarbonisation is in reducing energy consumption in basic processes and operations, find out how the IETF's f…
 
If the goal of ESG is to support & drive the corporate transition to net zero/better climate stewardship, is it working? Massive growth is being seen in these funds and there are plenty of bold statements about what they can achieve - but with few simple answers for hard to abate sectors, are ESG strategies simply going to lead to more cost and mor…
 
Alex is joined by Per Brevik, Director of Alternative Fuels and leader of the CCUS project at the Norcem Plant for Heidelberg Cement Northern Europe. CCUS has come a long way in the last few years, and whilst heavy industrials are also pursuing fuel switching, efficiency and electrification to drive down CO2 - few believe they can achieve carbon ne…
 
Alex is joined by Damian Beauchamp, President of 8 Rivers, and a leader in the deployment of innovations that decarbonise the toughest to abate sectors. With experience of major projects internationally, Damian talks about what it means to create conditions for success for innovative tech at-scale and how to approach innovation for hard to abate se…
 
With hydrogen in the news and gaining a lot of interest, we look at whether its environmental impact affects its positioning as a clean tech. We also examine Regnan's recent report on the issue and what it means for those investing in this technology and sector in order to decarbonise. Links: www.regnan.com/investing www.decarbconnect.com…
 
Alex is joined by Paul Bodnar, who brings extensive experience of climate finance and policy from his early career in investment through to his role in the Obama administration and his more recent work at the Rocky Mountain Institute. Amongst the many projects he has led and influenced, Paul took a principal role in formulating the U.S. strategy fo…
 
The legacy of CCS is typically rooted in North American projects allied to EOR; in contrast the new wave of proposed European CCS projects are taking the technology in a new direction that is purely focussed on CO2 storage and where this storage will occur offshore. But to achieve net zero 2050, thousands of projects of this type may be needed. Joi…
 
This episode is for you if you're interested in the role that innovation and systems/industry design could play in getting to net zero. Episode Links: https://www.celsagroup.com/en/sustainability/circular-economy-and-recycling/ www.decarbconnect.com Thanks to Matt Wallace at Janno Media for his support with production and editing: www.jannomedia.co…
 
Alex is joined by Nick Molho of the Aldersgate Group who represent UK corporates and advocate the business case for decarbonising the UK economy. At the time of recording, the UK Government's 10 Point plan is still fresh in the minds of anyone pursuing decarbonisation. Nick reviews the plan for us and gives a clear assessment of the good, the bad a…
 
Successful companies in all kinds of sectors are developing strategies that can not only decarbonise, but also positively regenerate the environment. But how can long-established industries make this change? How can you both manage the revenue, profitability and workforce of the traditional industry whilst innovating and transitioning to a cleaner …
 
How can we ensure that investment drives at-scale decarbonisation? The sheer size of investment needed and the complexity of projects emerging in decarbonisation and energy transition require project structures that deliver the highest levels of project performance whilst being realistic and investable for both industrials and investors. This week'…
 
Tim Harwood, H21 Programme Director at Northern Gas Networks, and Alex discuss the status of both the H21 and HyDeploy pilot projects testing the route to large scale domestic distribution of hydrogen. We talk about the progress of these pilot projects, what is to be tested next in 2021 and the roadmap to industrial use of a hydrogen network. We al…
 
Andrew Purvis, Director of Safety, Environment and Technology at worldsteel talks with Alex about the work that is underway in the steel sector to start to make the shift to real, sustainable low emissions steel. Topics up for discussion include the types of next gen tech being tested in the sector, the potential for scrap and circularity - but als…
 
In this conversation with Matthias Mersmann, CTO of KHD Humboldt Wedag, the conversation explores the different modes of collaboration needed to bring essential new technologies and low/zero carbon business models to reality. We talk about the need for next gen regulations, the need for scalable full-process decarbonisation (vs. single tech) to be …
 
Repurposing existing investment plans to support climate priorities is going be a key factor in delivering net zero. Could the bond market be a key element of financing decarbonisation at scale? Alex Cameron and Sean Kidney, CEO of Climate Bonds, discuss the real need for transition bonds to help challenging industries find their route to change (a…
 
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