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Mission Shunya

Author: Girish Shivakumar

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Mission Shunya (Shunya=Zero) 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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Do you want to know what it takes to build a career in cleantech? What should you consider if you are planning to turn an entrepreneur? On this special episode Rajesh Bhat joins Girish Shivakumar and shares his experience of witnessing the global cleantech transition and how young professionals can brace up to the challenge.  Key insights on what you need to excel in this sector, what is the reason some start-ups succeed while others fail to take off and a lot more covered on this episode.  Follow Rajesh Bhat: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rajesh-bhat-08191429/   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.
Help Us Green has pioneered the art of converting flower waste into a useful product recreating the fragrance as it upcycles the waste or called flowercycling. In the process they have created an ecosystem helping women in rural India earn a livelihood and respect within the community.  Karan Rastogi, the Co-Founder joins Girish Shivakumar to share the story. Follow Help Us Green: https://twitter.com/HelpUsGreen   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.
UK set the ball rolling for countries to commit to a transition towards a zero carbon economy. Recently UK announced the 10 point plan for a green industrial revolution, the first major piece of strategy providing a context of what it intends to achieve across sectors.  On this episode, Dr David Reiner, a political scientist and a senior lecturer at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge joins Girish Shivakumar to discuss the UK’s energy policy, its priorities as it transitions to a net zero economy, the new 10 point action plan, E-Mobility, its strategies in Carbon Capture and storage, the upcoming COP26 and a lot more. Follow Dr Reiner: https://twitter.com/DMReinerCamb   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 does climate change impact renewable energy generation? New evidence on how marine temperature rise and the unseasonal cyclonic events caused the variance in wind generation is here. On an average there was 5-11% across India with a few regions accounting for about 15% variance in India on a yearly basis.  Asim Ahmed from REConnect Energy joins Girish Shivakumar on this episode to share his findings on how developers are coping up with the increased impacts of climate change in developing Renewable Energy (RE) projects.   More information on REConnect Energy: https://reconnectenergy.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.
Kevin Houston , co-founder of Carbon Masters joins Girish Shivakumar on this episode to share his entrepreneurial journey. The product, Carbonlites is India's very first compressed biogas brand and it is used for cooking and transportation. The output slurry is also used as an organic fertilizer. Their latest solution of getting Bio CNG through sewage treatment could be a game changer in terms of waste processing.   Are you interested in setting up a decentralised unit anywhere in the world? Carbon Masters can help you with the complete process.  More information on Kevin and Carbon Masters: https://carbonmasters.co.uk/  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 you reach your net zero goals if you can’t directly invest in a project? Carbonfund.org enables businesses and individuals go carbon neutral.  Brian McFarland, Senior Vice President of Carbon Offset Projects joins Girish Shivakumar on this episode to share the story of Carbonfund.org More information on Brian & CarbonFund: https://carbonfund.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.
Vishal Pandya, co-founder of REConnect Energy, an entrepreneur who has built India’s leading energy analytics platform joins Girish Shivakumar to share the REConnect story. It’s a very a candid and engaging conversation on entrepreneurship in clean-tech sector and the 10 year journey of REConnect Energy. Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2LFBCVw  Other platforms: http://bit.ly/2POiTW3  Web: http://www.missionshunya.com  More information on REConnect Energy: https://reconnectenergy.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.
On this episode Girish Shivakumar is joined by Sagar Gubbi, Managing Partner at Ecoforge Advisors, who shares the story of Ecoforge and how they are working to enable access to technology and capital in the developing world to combat the impact of Climate Change. Ecoforge works in the developing countries with investors and aid agencies in delivering sustainability projects and ‘forging’ relationships with cleantech entrepreneurs. Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2LFBCVw  Other platforms: http://bit.ly/2POiTW3  Web: http://www.missionshunya.com  More information on Ecoforge: https://ecoforge.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.
“We want to eliminate single-use plastic bags” reads a statement on the website of Solubag, a company based out of Chile.  Roberto Astete, Co-Founder joins Girish Shivakumar on this episode to share the story of conceptualising alternative products to single use plastics. The products from Solubag are soluble in warm and cold water distinctively.  Interested to know more? https://bit.ly/3omSgIR Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2LFBCVw  Other platforms: http://bit.ly/2POiTW3  Web: http://www.missionshunya.com    More information on Solubag: https://solubag.cl/   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.
What are the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certifications all about? Is a planned, managed forest area really sustainable? Can the status quo be changed?  On this podcast episode Amar Deshpande (aka Amar Vyas), Country Manager for FSC in India joins Girish Shivakumar to discuss sustainable forestry and FSC's role in it.  Amar is also a passionate storyteller and founder of Gaatha Story (https://gaathastory.in/podcasts/). Connect with Amar - https://twitter.com/MeAmarVyas Show notes and references https://bit.ly/2GHM3q5 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.
Discussing the global transition to net zero emissions is one of the themes of Mission Shunya (Shunya =Zero). Recently, ClimateWorks Australia, published the Decarbonisation Futures study that outlined the trajectory for Australia to get to net zero by 2050. Climateworks Australia’s primary goal through the study is to enable Australia reach its net zero emissions by 2050.   Tom Yankos who led the study team joins Girish Shivakumar on this podcast episode. ClimateWorks: https://www.climateworksaustralia.org/Link to report: https://bit.ly/3mXKaFR  Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2LFBCVw  Other platforms: http://bit.ly/2POiTW3  Web: http://www.missionshunya.com | https://bit.ly/3mYDjvT     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.
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.
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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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