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Mission Shunya

Author: Girish Shivakumar

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Mission Shunya 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.
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So, during the COVID-19 lockdown, did you breathe some fresh air? If you live close to a river, maybe you saw a cleaner version of it. Or you may have also spotted some distant object, maybe even a mountain. India was no different. The air quality improved during the lockdown but how can India sustain this clean-air movement post COVID-19. Tanushree Ganguly a researcher from CEEW joins Girish Shivakumar to share her views on these issues. Topics discussed include India’s National Clean Air Plan, recommendations for improving air quality and small actions that we can take to help do our bit for preserving the air quality.  Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2LFBCVw  Other platforms: http://bit.ly/2POiTW3  Web: http://www.missionshunya.com  Reach out to Tanushree: LinkedIn-  https://in.linkedin.com/in/tanushreeganguly  Twitter - @tanushree_g Liked the story? Give a rating and write a review on Apple Podcasts (https://apple.co/2LFBCVw). Share it with 3 people in your network, it just takes 30seconds.
The growth story of the global cleantech movement over the last few years has been phenomenal. But, COVID-19 has definitely thrown in a lot of uncertainties. Will it push the development back by a few years? Will this outbreak make companies, cities and countries think again on their sustainability targets, Paris Climate agreements and so on? What are the other lessons companies need to take to be more resilient under such crisis? Vish Iyer, Co-founder and partner at TTouche Advisers LLP is our guest to discuss all these and more with Girish Shivakumar. Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2LFBCVw  Other platforms: http://bit.ly/2POiTW3  Web: https://bit.ly/2AjBAxp  Reach out to Vish: LinkedIn-  https://in.linkedin.com/in/vish07 Twitter - @ViyerSays (https://twitter.com/viyersays)     Liked the story? Give a rating and write a review on Apple Podcasts (https://apple.co/2LFBCVw). Share it with 3 people in your network, it just takes 30seconds.
In recent months COVID-19 has definitely had an impact on the global economy. This is the first episode of the series where the discussions will be around how COVID-19 will impact the global transition to the zero carbon economy.  On this episode, entrepreneurs Harsha Kuntur from EcoSoch Solar and Sishir Garemella from Sunvest Capital join Girish Shivakumar to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the Small Scale Solar Rooftop Market in India.  Will there be a consumer demand for solar from common consumers and small scale industries in the immediate months after COVID-19 settles down? Will the start-ups without a long-term vision fold up at the end of it? Will entrepreneurs’ and companies in the small scale rooftop market collaborate more going forward? Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2LFBCVw  Other platforms: http://bit.ly/2POiTW3  Web: http://www.missionshunya.com  Links to connect with the guests- Harsha Kuntur https://www.ecosoch.com/ | Sishir Garemella https://www.sunvestcapital.com/  Liked the story? Give a rating and write a review on Apple Podcasts (https://apple.co/2LFBCVw). Share it with 3 people in your network, it just takes 30seconds.
The theme of this episode is water conservation. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is one of the focus areas as we transition to a zero carbon economy & access to clean water is a key SDG. Water purification as a service is the vision of OCEO water. How does technology enable this company reach its goal? Vikram Gulecha joins Girish Shivakumar on a conversation to share the story where in the pay as you use model has made people use water more judiciously.   For more info on OCEO: https://www.oceowater.online  Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/mission-shunya/id1460138702  Other platforms: https://audioboom.com/channel/mission-shunya  Web: http://www.missionshunya.com  Liked the story? Give a rating and write a review on Apple Podcasts. Share it with 3 people in your network.
What made a software engineer get so passionate about planting trees on weekends? How did he then scale it up to create urban forests and more such projects? Listen to Kapil Sharma, founder of Say Trees share his story on this episode with Girish Shivakumar.  About Say Trees SayTrees is a professionally run group of ordinary people extraordinarily determined to protect the environment not just by themselves, but also by sensitising others towards the importance of environment conservation and goading them on to participate in tree-plantation campaigns. For more info check http://www.saytrees.org or write to them at info@saytrees.org (mailto:info@saytrees.org)   Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/mission-shunya/id1460138702  Other platforms: https://audioboom.com/channel/mission-shunya  Web: http://www.missionshunya.com  Liked the story? Give a rating and write a review on Apple Podcasts. Share it with 3 people in your network.
Lalbagh is a botanical garden in the Indian city of Bengaluru. The two flower shows during the year see a footfall of around 600k each. In the last year the waste generation during the event was reduced to half. How it did happen? On this episode Girish Shivakumar interviews Rajalakshmi from Saahas, the group that is behind this success story. Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/mission-shunya/id1460138702  Other platforms: https://audioboom.com/channel/mission-shunya  Web: http://www.missionshunya.com  Liked the story? Give a rating and write a review on Apple Podcasts. Share it with 3 people in your network.
Dr Rahul Walawalkar is an industry veteran and has been at the forefront of the energy technology transition and has a particular affinity towards energy storage. On this 25th episode of Mission Shunya podcast he joins Girish Shivakumar to share his story. Girish and Rahul collaborated to launch India’s first energy and clean-tech podcast, Emerging Tech Radio in 2017.  For more information check http://www.missionshunya.com  Subscribe on apple podcasts at https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/mission-shunya/id1460138702  Other platforms at https://audioboom.com/channel/mission-shunya
Episode 24 is a tribute to the late basketball legend Kobe Bryant and all the people like him, heroes who inspire us every day. On this episode Girish Shivakumar brings to you guest stories from the podcast whose work was featured in the previous episodes. Listen in as they share the reason on why they started their work or their intrinsic motivations.  Liked the episode? Give it a rating and review here  https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/mission-shunya/id1460138702  Share the podcast link with 3 people in your circle today  https://audioboom.com/channel/mission-shunya More info at www.missionshunya.com
Did you know manufacturing a cotton t-shirt consumes around 2700L of water in the process?  On this episode, Kathir, co-founder of ecohike, a sustainable clothing company from India joins Girish Shivakumar to share his story of creating a new range of fabric that is made of recycled plastic.  To know more contact about ecohike www.ecohike.in  Mission Shunya covers all stories related to the transition of zero carbon economy. Know more at www.missionshunya.com Subscribe to the podcast on apple podcasts https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/mission-shunya/id1460138702 Other platforms https://audioboom.com/channel/mission-shunya
On this week's episode Padmashree Balaram joins Girish Shivakumar to share the success story of building a waste to energy plant right in the heart of Bengaluru city in India. You can contact Padmashree at wastemaya@gmail.com  Follow Mission Shunya on Apple Podcasts https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/mission-shunya/id1460138702 and other platforms  https://audioboom.com/channel/mission-shunya Subscribe now on www.missionshunya.com  If you liked the podcast episodes, please share it with friends, family and colleagues.
The first episode of the new year and the new decade is here! Girish Shivakumar reviews the decade gone by and predicts the stories and trends that will shape the decade ahead. The transition to a zero carbon economy (Mission Shunya) is underway and this decade will accelerate the transition. Subscribe now to Mission Shunya on podcast platforms and social media channels to keep track of this transition. Like 'Mission Shunya'? Let your friends and colleagues know about it. https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/mission-shunya/id1460138702 https://audioboom.com/channel/mission-shunya https://missionshunya.com
On this episode Tony Juniper, a campaigner, writer, sustainability advisor and leading British environmentalist joins Girish Shivakumar to talk about the importance of tropical rainforests and the impact of amazon rainforest wildfires.   To know more about Tony’s work you can check his website www.tonyjuniper.com (https://www.tonyjuniper.com/) You can also follow him on Twitter @TonyJuniper (https://twitter.com/TonyJuniper) .  You can send your feedback at missionshunya@gmail.com (mailto:missionshunya@gmail.com) or through facebook, twitter or instagram, the handle is @Mission Shunya (https://twitter.com/MissionShunya) . All details about Mission Shunya available at http://www.missionshunya.com  If you liked the episode, share it with friends, family and colleagues. Help spread the word.
Pay-As-You-Go Solar has revolutionised the way people get access to electricity in Africa. The emergence of new technology coupled with declining system costs has enabled the low income families in the developing world get access to electricity. On this episode Nikhil Nair shares his international experience in developing the business for M-Kopa with Girish Shivakumar.  More info at http://www.missionshunya.com  Liked the episode? Subscribe now and share it with friends/colleagues.
Neel Mathews shares his passionate story of building a house that is water and energy positive and also how he helps others achieve the same on this episode with Girish Shivakumar. More about Neel’s work and contact details at http://www.lifeislab.com  Links to subscribe to Mission Shunya podcast, give a feedback etc. available at http://www.missionshunya.com
The Indian capital of Delhi and most of the regions in North India continue to choke post the monsoon season and it has peaked after Diwali. The pollutants are at dangerous levels outdoors but indoor air is also susceptible to a significant pollution. How do you combat indoor air pollution? Aayush Jha founder of Clairco, a startup that offers clean air as a service joins Girish Shivakumar to discuss about the issue of indoor air pollution. To know more about clairco https://www.getclairco.com/  Follow Mission Shunya to keep track of the transition to a zero carbon economy.  https://missionshunya.com/ | missionshunya@gmail.com (mailto:missionshunya@gmail.com)   If you liked the episode, subscribe now and also spread the word. Share it with three friends or colleagues.
Globally air pollution accounts for 7 million annual deaths according to the WHO. In India alone, air pollution causes over a million deaths annually. Air pollution peaks during the post monsoon months in India especially the national capital, New Delhi is in the news every year for this reason. Will this change this time around? Karthik Ganesan, Research Fellow at CEEW joins Girish Shivakumar to share insights from their work in this space.  Find out more about Karthik’s work here https://www.ceew.in/air-quality  Liked the episode? Leave a rating and share the podcast feed to friends and colleagues! Mission Shunya blog and podcast page at http://www.missionshunya.com  Follow Mission Shunya  on social media @MissionShunya
In recent months, the lawmakers in the US have been tough on the meat alternatives industry especially in the way how products are labelled and marketed. So how are US start-ups bracing up for a face-off with the regulators and what can the European Union (EU) learn from the growth of the industry in US.  Finally, what can consumers like you and I expect from the market. On the second of the two part series on meat alternatives Laura Wellesley (Chatham House) and Meera Zassenhaus (New Harvest) share their views on the evolution of the alternate meat industry from the consumer end.  For more info check the report by Chatham House on Meat Analogues for EU and projects funded by New Harvest. Also, Madison Marshall, a sustainability evangelist from US shares her views on the products available in the US market like the Quorn, Impossible Foods, Beyond Meat and ChickP.  http://www.new-harvest.org | http://www.chathamhouse.org Follow Mission Shunya to keep track of the transition to a zero carbon economy.  https://missionshunya.com/ | missionshunya@gmail.com (mailto:missionshunya@gmail.com)
The meat industry accounts for about 15% of the total annual greenhouse gas emissions and the growth in global meat consumption will increase by 15% by 2027. On the first of two part series on meat alternatives Laura Wellesley (Chatham House) and Meera Zassenhaus (New Harvest) share ideas and regulatory perspective behind the advocacy for meat alternatives. For more info check the report by Chatham House on Meat Analogues for EU and projects funded by New Harvest. http://www.new-harvest.org | http://www.chathamhouse.org Follow Mission Shunya to keep track of the transition to a zero carbon economy.  Twitter:@MissionShunya (https://twitter.com/MissionShunya)   Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/MissionShunya/  Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/mission_shunya/  Website: https://missionshunya.com/  Email: missionshunya@gmail.com (mailto:missionshunya@gmail.com)   iTunes: https://apple.co/2LFBCVw  Links to other podcast platforms: https://audioboom.com/channel/mission-shunya
Want to meet the lobbyists for your grandchildren? Meet ‘The Sustainability Mafia’. Started in 2018 by Ganesh Shankar this ‘Gang’ aims to bring together people in the sustainability space from around the world. Girish Shivakumar who is part of this gang gets into a chat with Ganesh on this episode. Interested to join the Sustainability Mafia? Drop an email with a brief intro to sustainabilitymafia@gmail.com (mailto:sustainabilitymafia@gmail.com)   And follow them at https://twitter.com/sus_mafia  http://facebook.com/sustainabilitymafia/  https://www.linkedin.com/company/sustainability-mafia  https://medium.com/@sustainabilitymafia  Follow Mission Shunya at Twitter:@MissionShunya (https://twitter.com/MissionShunya)   Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/MissionShunya/  Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/mission_shunya/  Website: https://missionshunya.com/  Email: missionshunya@gmail.com (mailto:missionshunya@gmail.com) iTunes: https://apple.co/2LFBCVw  Links to other podcast platforms: https://audioboom.com/channel/mission-shunya
Will we run short of Lithium to make batteries for Electric Vehicles (EV)? Not really! Listen to Teague Egan, CEO of EnergyX share his views on this interesting topic with Girish Shivakumar. About EnergyX: Energy Exploration Technologies (EnergyX) based out of Austin, Texas claims to have found a novel way in lithium extraction through their patented LiTAS (Lithium Ion Transport and Separation) membrane nanotechnology. You can find out more about them at http://www.energyx.com   Follow Mission Shunya to keep track of the transition to a zero carbon economy. Twitter:@MissionShunya (https://twitter.com/MissionShunya)   Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/MissionShunya/  Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/mission_shunya/  Website: https://missionshunya.com/  Email: missionshunya@gmail.com (mailto:missionshunya@gmail.com)   iTunes: https://apple.co/2LFBCVw  Links to other podcast platforms: https://audioboom.com/channel/mission-shunya
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Apoorva Shah

Hi Girish. Great Podcast. Lots of Insights on the energy efficiency problems being faced in Delhi. How are the results till date? Are the consumers receptive to this idea? How many consumers have opted for this program?

Feb 15th
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