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‘Investing in Zero’ is a new podcast hosted by Andy Vesey, entrepreneur, investor, and award-winning energy executive. In each episode, Andy speaks with entrepreneurs, innovators, and thought leaders, who are driving the transition to a zero-carbon emissions economy. Together, they discuss the urgent challenges presented by climate change, and how shifts in technology and policy are driving energy investment. With decades of industry experience in the driver’s seat, Andy offers a uniquely pragmatic, yet wide-ranging, view of what it will take to rethink the energy grid, go green, and, ultimately, save the planet.
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Peter Krull is chief executive and director of investments at Earth Equity Advisors. Founded in 2004, the company helps businesses align their investments with their values - with clients in 22 states, and over $150 million in assets. In 2018, Peter was nominated as one of the most influential financial advisors in America by Investopedia 100, and was also selected as a ‘40 under 40’ by the Savannah Business Report. In this conversation, Peter describes the difference between SRI and  ESG investing - and how a lack of clarity can lead to issues including the potential for greenwashing; shares evidence which shows how diverse companies perform better in these areas, by bringing a much-needed breadth of opinion to the table; and explains the significance of corporate resiliency, being able to adapt to an ever-changing world and look forward to the future. 
Nat Bullard is chief content officer at BloombergNEF. Since joining the team in 2010, he’s held a number of roles including global head of executive insights, analyzing energy transitions and technologies; content director for Bloomberg New Energy Finance; and lead analyst for the North American new energy market. He is also a member of the Climate-Related Subcommittee of the CFTC’s Market Risk Advisory Committee. In this conversation, Nat delves into the importance of understanding how  the severity of our future condition, is entirely determined by our present actions, or lack of; explains the need for deep-rooted organizational change and companies that are willing to become more dynamic to current needs; and discusses the significance of getting the narrative right - phrasing decarbonization as an investment instead of a cost... 
Dr. Graciela Chichilnisky is co-founder and chief executive of Global Thermostat, and professor of economics at Columbia University. Established in 2010, the company markets a carbon-removal technology that captures and concentrates CO2, to reduce harmful emissions and help close the global carbon cycle. An author of many books, her most recent ‘Reversing Climate Change,’ has transformed the way modern academics view the most dire problem facing mankind, and its economic implications. In this conversation, Graciela describes the new technology - delves into how it works, and their wider mission to help combat climate change; discusses how important it is for more jobs to be created in the clean energy sector, vouching that “jobs are the solution;” and explains why it’s so important for companies to learn-whilst-doing, as this enables them to scale-up and achieve broader targets and goals. 
David Callaway is founder and editor of Callaway Climate Insights. Founded in 2020, the weekly newsletter provides news, critical analysis and commentary on the business of climate change. Beginning his career as a reporter and columnist for the Boston Herald, he has held senior positions at a variety of publications including; Bloomberg News, CBS MarketWatch, TheStreet Inc., and USA Today. In this conversation, David explains the significant role of the media in communicating the severity of global warming to the public; describes the impact young investors’ are having on the climate economy, and how they’re shifting the landscape by investing in more climate-focussed companies; and the current surge in renewable energy and what this means for the future of public versus private investment. 
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