Shifted

econscia

Shifted is about sustainability’s hard problems and the solutions tackling them. We meet with entrepreneurs, researchers, policymakers and those looking for answers to learn about their work and why it matters.

Shifted is produced by econscia, a carbon management platform which uses machine learning to help companies move faster on tackling their emissions. You can find out more about econscia at https://econscia.com/

All Episodes

We are predicted to experience a global shortage of 60 million tonnes of protein a year by 2030. The world population is predicted to reach 10 billion people by 2060. How do we meet this protein gap without depleting our natural resources? We talk to Mana Biosystem's founder and CEO Andrea Jagodic to understand the causes behind this broken food system and learn how agtech innovations involving the black soldier fly reduce costs for farmers and provide a sustainable source of protein as animal feed. Mana is a London & Kenya based Agritech start-up and ethical corporation on a mission to lead an insect based revolution in Africa. We hope to turn agricultural waste into a high value animal feed product for African fish and poultry farmers. Founded in 2020, our goal is to build a pan African insect farming company that can provide thousands of valuable jobs, inspire future insect entrepreneurs, help with climate change mitigation and help fix the broken food system.

Dec 7

28 min 39 sec

As we drive towards a net-zero economy, policymakers and businesses are shifting Electric Vehicles from niche to the mainstream. With Uber committing to use 100% EV’s by 2025 and the UK government banning the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030, Niall Riddell talks us through the electric vehicle utopia, providing a comprehensive account of the risks and opportunities we will face on the way there.    Niall Riddell is CEO and Co-Founder of Paua and the first guest of our CEO speaker series. Paua’s mission is to make Public EV charging simple with their electric fuel card, which provides fleet drivers access to thousands of chargers across multiple networks through their mobile app. You can check out Paua's work at https://www.pauatech.com/  Before Paua, Niall was Smart Systems Director at SSE and Head of EV at EDF Energy. He has an MBA from Cass Business School and an MEng from Newcastle University.

Nov 16

28 min 37 sec

At least 1.2 billion people worldwide live in substandard housing, often lacking basic amenities such as clean water or a decent toilet. With urban populations in Africa and Asia increasing exponentially, that figure is set to reach three billion by 2030. The global housing crisis is one of the greatest challenges humanity faces today.  Compounding the difficulty of this problem, the construction and use of homes accounts for a significant proportion of our carbon emissions. Globally, buildings account for 40% of energy use and produce almost 40% of global carbon emissions. Solutions to the housing crisis must be both urgent and sustainable.  Tom Woodward explains how Reall are fighting to solve this problem. Reall and their partners are demonstrating viable models for climate-smart affordable housing aimed at the bottom 40%, including pioneering the $10K house.  Through in-country partnerships,  disruptive technologies and strategic influencing, they broker changes in policy, regulation and finance to transform markets at scale, enabling people on low incomes to access the housing market for the first time, whilst facilitating the shift to a net-zero world. You can check out the work Reall are doing at https://reall.net/

Nov 15

37 min 52 sec

In this fascinating interview, Sabine Hogenhout and Hayley Cormick provide an insightful overview of the biggest challenges and opportunities associated with sustainability in the UK Buildings sector.  Picking apart the alphabet soup of carbon terminology in the building industry, Sabine & Hayley explain the differences between operational and embodied carbon and why it matters. They identify the corporate greenwashing and short-term thinking that is causing unsustainable infrastructure and explain the changes they'd like to see to avoid climate change and unnecessary environmental damage. They also discuss some of the trade offs associated with retrofits and newbuilds and paint a realistic picture for how the UK should approach the housing crisis.  Sabine & Hayley work for KLH Sustainability. KLH Sustainability are sustainable construction and regeneration specialists. KLH are agents pushing for change in the built environment through collaboration, asking challenging questions and using robust analysis to better respond to the climate, biodiversity and social crises. They support clients, developers and contractors to take advantage of the opportunities sustainability presents to business competitiveness in both the short and longer term. Their pragmatic, problem solving approach adds value across a programme’s lifecycle from strategy development through to implementation and legacy. You can check out KLH at http://www.klhsustainability.com/

Nov 15

22 min 31 sec