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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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Carbon Initiative Forum (CIF) aims to create climate change awareness at grassroots level. Why is it important? How do they go about doing it? How can you get involved? On this episode Sandeep Roy Choudhury joins Girish Shivakumar to share his journey of building VNV advisory services and working on projects of impact and having a positive impact on communities.   The action item for this episode is to check the Carbon Footprint Calculator, an easy tool available on the homepage (https://bit.ly/35AWHbZ). By providing accurate inputs of all your activities you can estimate your carbon footprint. Links to connect with Sandeep: https://bit.ly/2DULpUw | VNV: https://bit.ly/2RkDX8a | Carbon Initiative Forum https://bit.ly/35AWHbZ  Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2LFBCVw  Other platforms: http://bit.ly/2POiTW3  Web: http://www.missionshunya.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.
In the last few years we have come across commitments from a range of global corporations committing to going 100% RE, reducing their emissions to net zero or in fact turning to net positive. What are the targets based on, how realistic are these targets from the timeline perspective. We will discuss more of this on this episode.  Thaddeus Anim-Somuah who has done a lot of work in the sustainability space particularly being an active campaigner for European Union’s New Green Deal joins Girish Shivakumar on this episode. He also leads the sustainability initiatives for a large chemical company. Links to connect with Thaddeus: https://bit.ly/31GqIor  Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2LFBCVw  Other platforms: http://bit.ly/2POiTW3  Web: http://www.missionshunya.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.
How can behavioural economics and nudge be used to create awareness on environmental issues among children? Amishi Parasrampuria from Upcycler’s lab joins Girish Shivakumar to share the story of how products and games are designed with intent to make play based learning more impactful.  Link to connect with Upcycler’s Lab: https://upcyclerslab.com/  Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2LFBCVw  Other platforms: http://bit.ly/2POiTW3  Web: http://www.missionshunya.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.
Olubunmi Olajide, the host of The Energy Talk podcast joins Girish Shivakumar to share his interest and work around telling stories from the global energy transition. Olubunmi featured the work of Mission Shunya earlier on The Energy Talk podcast.  Links to connect with Olubunmi: https://bit.ly/3fcHUWc | The Energy Talk Podcast: https://theenergytalk.disha.page/  Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2LFBCVw  Other platforms: http://bit.ly/2POiTW3  Web: http://www.missionshunya.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.
1 in 10 people in the world don’t have access to clean water. The UN declared access to clean water and sanitation as a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 6) in 2015. WaterScope has developed an inexpensive, rapid water testing microscope capable of identifying bacterial presence in water. Alexander Patto, CEO & CO-Founder of WaterScope joins Girish Shivakumar in a conversation to share the story. Links to connect with Alex: https://bit.ly/3fMJxed | WaterScope: https://www.waterscope.org/  Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2LFBCVw  Other platforms: http://bit.ly/2POiTW3  Web: http://www.missionshunya.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.
Renewable Energy (RE) procurement has moved on from being a corporate goal driven procurement for industries to cost-economics driven decision. How are the RE developers evolving to provide value  to this category of consumers?  How can Commercial & Industrial spaces avail Renewable Energy as a Service? Siddarth Krishna Kumar from Renew Power joins Girish Shivakumar to share his views on the new range of solutions being offered to the Commercial & Industrial (C&I) clients. Is the timing right for Energy Storage Solutions (ESS) and Virtual Power Plants (VPP)?  Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2LFBCVw  Other platforms: http://bit.ly/2POiTW3  Web: http://www.missionshunya.com  About Renew Power: https://renewpower.in/   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.  Tip for the week : Check episode 7 - 3 Simple Steps to Make your Home Eco-Friendly  - http://bit.ly/2WU4oqQ
The most common definition of Sustainability is to have low / zero impact which is simply not enough for civilization to course correct. Regenerative, on the other hand means to be of positive impact through our actions.  How can you be regenerative? Jacob Cherian joins Girish Shivakumar to share the mantra of making contribution through Time, Premium & Network on this episode.  Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2LFBCVw  Other platforms: http://bit.ly/2POiTW3  Web: http://www.missionshunya.com  To connect with Jacob: https://www.gobeyondsustainability.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.
When UK announced its intent to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, it became the first major country to make the net zero commitment. On this episode, we will listen to the work done by UK Fires, a research group sponsored by the UK government to support it in its transition towards the net zero goal. Dr André Cabrera Serrenho (University of Cambridge & UK Fires) joins Girish Shivakumar to talk about the findings from the report. Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2LFBCVw  Other platforms: http://bit.ly/2POiTW3  Web: http://www.missionshunya.com  Link to report: https://bit.ly/3dLLMxA  To connect with Dr Serenho: https://bit.ly/3h4XSDR  Follow UK Fires: @UKFires (https://twitter.com/ukfires)   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. Pics- UK Fires/UK GOV/UCam
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.
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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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