Episode 7: The road to COP is paved with good intentions
COP 26 is fast approaching and governments and companies around the world are pledging to do more to tackle the Climate Emergency. COP 26 is hailed as a pivotal moment where leaders need to make serious advances to tackle greenhouse gas emissions, to prevent the worst consequences of climate change. It is also the first official deadline since COP 15 where countries will update on their progress of their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
In this episode we discuss with our panel their expectations for the formal negotiations regarding COP 26, but also how the events and negotiations that take part between countries, companies, and civil society. We discuss how this can help create commitments to GHG reductions, as well as put pressure on governments to do more.
We talk about the political uncertainty to be able to set more ambitious reduction targets, the economics of reducing climate change and the importance of climate finance to help developing countries deal with the climate emergency.
July 27, 2022
Episode 14: The state of the profession
<p>In this episode we speak to Paul Field, a former coal miner and now environment and compliance manager, and Becky Toal, the owner of Crowberry Consulting, which provides environmental management system advice to businesses.</p> <p>Becky and Paul talk about their varied career paths, the role of education and apprenticeships for developing profes...
June 01, 2022
Episode 13: All jobs greener
<p>In this episode we talk to two IEMA sustainability professionals, Laura Middlemass, from Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Rebecca Garner from Serco UK. We discuss their roles in helping to make ‘every job become greener’ within their organisations. We discuss the shift in enthusiasm for sustainability, the pandemic and lessons learnt...
May 04, 2022
Episode 12: Green skills and green jobs for a greener economy
<p>In this episode we are joined by Laila Takeh from Deloitte and Martin Baxter from IEMA, who were part of a team of authors of our report, ‘A blueprint for green workforce transformation’.</p> <p>We discuss what we mean by green skills and green jobs and how organisations can understand and implement greener credentials.</p> <p>To find out more a...
March 30, 2022
Episode 11: Could renewable energy be the way out the energy crisis?
<p>This month we welcome two women working in different areas of renewable energy. Sarah Merrick, the founder and CEO of Ripple, a co-op wind farm and Caroline Donnelly, a consent manager for SSE Renewable and the first female IEMA Fellow in Ireland.</p> <p>We hear about the fantastic work they are doing in the renewable energy sector as well as ho...
February 23, 2022
Episode 10: The energy crisis and consumer vulnerability
<p>In episode 10 we discuss the energy crisis that the world is facing, focusing on the UK. We analyse the role of the government in establishing fuel security policies, that help insulate the poorest against the energy commodity market. </p> <p>We consider the need to establish financial incentives for landlords, so that they tackle the need for e...
January 26, 2022
Episode 9: Sustainable Lifestyle
<p>Last October, before the COP26 climate change talks in Glasgow, IEMA conducted a survey that showed that climate change was the second most important concern, just behind the economy. This result was part of a suite of opinion polls taken around this time which gave similar results both in the UK and other countries. It could be argued that this...
December 08, 2021
Episode 8: Green progress review
<p>This year has been an eventful year for the environment. The effects of the pandemic are still being felt worldwide and we have witnessed unprecedented weather events. The latest IPCC report warned of a “code red” for humanity, stating that global warming was affecting all regions across the globe. In November, world leaders attended the environ...
September 22, 2021
Episode 6: The Job Market and Green Skills
<p>For our sixth episode we talk about the recent news regarding job market recovery and what this means for the younger generation who around the world have suffered disproportionately higher levels of unemployment and the green skills initiative that the UK government is implementing. </p> <p>On this episode our panellists discuss the long term e...
August 25, 2021
Episode 5: Building Resilient Cities
<p>On our fifth episode we discuss resilient cities. In recent news we have seen how vulnerable cities can be to extreme weather events. In Europe many cities have experienced flush floods, in Canada, Japan and southern Europe they had to cope with heat waves, in the west coast of the USA it was droughts and fires while in Greece, Algeria and Leban...
July 28, 2021
Episode 4: Destabilising climate
<p>Extreme weather events, exacerbated by climate change, are being felt worldwide. This in turn is increasing the competition over scarce resources, which can potentially fuel mass migration and conflict. </p> <p>In our fourth episode we ask if climate change is fuelling conflict, or if it’s one of many contributing factors. Joining us is Lieutena...
June 23, 2021
Episode 3: Fighting from within
<p>In our third episode we discuss ‘people power’ and the ability to exact change from within. Mindful of the rebellion inside oil company Exxon, forcing them into faster climate change action, we ask if the financial market is finally considering the value environmental social governance (ESG) has to offer organisations.</p> <p>We discuss the role...
May 26, 2021
Episode 2: Authoritarian Governments and Climate Change
<p>For our second episode, we consider whether democracy or autocracy can provide the action that the global community needs, to combat climate change. We debate whether authoritarian or democratic governments are more effective at handling crises like the pandemic or the Climate emergency. </p> <p>Seeking consensus can be a long process which can ...
April 21, 2021
Episode 1: Coming out of lockdown
<p>In this pilot episode we discuss how the UK and New Zealand are dealing with easing of lockdown restrictions and how has the pandemic affected the sustainability and environmental profession. </p> <p>IEMA’s CEO Sarah Mukherjee, and guests Martin Baxter, Deputy CEO and Director of Policy and External Affairs at IEMA and Alec Tang, Director of Sus...