Activating Net Zero: Podcast Series

July 15, 2020 | Podcast

The objective of the UNFCCC’s (United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change) ‘Race to Zero’ campaign is to build momentum around the shift to a decarbonised economy ahead of COP26, where governments must strengthen their contributions to the Paris Agreement.  Many corporations, cities, municipalities and governments have joined the race to reduce carbon and greenhouse gas emissions, achieving Net Zero by 2050.

But what is Net Zero? Through our new Activating Net Zero podcast series, we explore – in bitesize episodes – what this means and how organisations can break this down into manageable actions, of avoiding, reducing, investing and innovating.

In the first episode in our Activating Net Zero Podcast series, listen to Anthesis’ Director, Tobias Parker, explain the fundamentals of Net Zero, including who or what are the driving forces behind it and the key milestones.  

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Avoiding Carbon Emissions with Science-Based Targets

The best way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is to avoid them in the first place through better design and smarter decision-making. We talk with Josh Whitney, Anthesis Executive Director in North America, to explore how corporations, cities and governments are moving towards Net Zero using information incorporating Science Based Targets in strategy.

The best way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is to avoid them in the first place through better design and smarter decision-making. We talk with Sara Telahoun, Senior Consultant in Anthesis UK to explore how cities and governments are moving towards Net Zero by utilising digital platforms such as Anthesis’ SCATTER tool to explore pathways for decarbonising at the city scale. 

 

WHAT DOES AVOIDING CARBON EMISSIONS ENTAIL?

Avoid Emissions through better design

Reducing greenhouse gases using renewables and smart design

Energy efficiency and renewable energy form big parts of any organisation’s Net Zero strategy. But heat and embodied carbon in materials are two aspects of Scopes 1, 2 & 3 greenhouse gases that can be challenging to overcome. In this episode, we speak to Alexandre Lemille, Joint Managing Director of Anthesis France, as we look at new trends that are emerging for low carbon heat, and explore the increasing importance of circularity in avoiding and reducing emissions by being smarter in the design process.

Energy efficiency and renewable energy form big parts of any organisation’s Net Zero strategy. But heat and embodied carbon in materials are two aspects of Scopes 1, 2 & 3 greenhouse gases that can be challenging to overcome. In this episode, our host Tobias Parker talks to Ben Lynch, Anthesis UK Director, about the new trends that are emerging for low carbon heat.

HOW TO REDUCE EMISSIONS USING RENEWABLES

Invest in removing greenhouse gases within your value chain

Investing to remove carbon elsewhere within your value chain

It is increasingly recognised that organisations are likely to continue to emit residual emissions from operations and their supply chains. But to achieve a Net Zero position, action must be taken which balances this out through off-site mechanisms through removing or avoiding emissions elsewhere. In this episode, our host Tobias Parker takes a look at the roles of Virtual Power Purchase Agreements (VPPAs) with George Favaloro, Anthesis Executive Director in North America.

It is increasingly recognised that organisations are likely to continue to emit residual emissions from operations and their supply chains. But to achieve a Net Zero position, action must be taken which balances this out through off-site mechanisms through removing or avoiding emissions elsewhere. In this episode, our host Tobias Parker talks with Nadège Trocellier, Anthesis Lavola Climate Change Manager, about insetting and offsetting carbon emissions as investment vehicles for reducing risk, and improving value chain performance.

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Innovate with technology

Innovate by introducing new methods and technologies to cut emissions

Innovation has provided much of technology and expertise we have to deal with much of the emissions, if applied correctly. However, with more of the world’s investors realising the risk and opportunity associated with building a Net Zero economy, in discussion with Anthesis’ Chief Sustainability Officer Paul Crewe, we look at the role that Anthesis Ventures plays in bringing new ways of thinking and ground-breaking technologies to the market.

Innovation has provided much of technology and expertise we have to deal with much of the emissions, if applied correctly. However, with more of the world’s investors realising the risk and opportunity associated with building a Net Zero economy, in discussion with Anthesis CEO Stuart McLachlan, we look at the role Anthesis Ventures is playing in bringing new ways of thinking and ground-breaking technologies to the market.

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Our Net Zero Team

Jono Adams
Director, UK
Debbie Hitchen
Director, UK
Tobias Parker
Director, UK
Nadège Trocellier
Climate Change Manager, Anthesis Lavola
Sara Telahoun
Senior Consultant – Cities Specialist
Josh Whitney
Executive Director, Anthesis Ventures