Mission Shunya

Girish Shivakumar

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.

Logo - H. Neve | Pics Credit - Unsplash | Guests | Prema | Theme Music - C. Henry

All Episodes

COP26 concluded in Glasgow recently, did it deliver? Well, we have the Glasgow climate pact, the Paris rule book and the mention of coal in the agreement. So what else happened during the two week event? Girish Shivakumar discusses the key outcomes from COP26 on this episode. Here’s primer to COP26 if you missed it earlier - https://bit.ly/3p92E85  Dr David Reiner’s review of week 1 - https://bit.ly/3xtdV6Y week 2 - https://bit.ly/3nZkLhF  A full summary from Carbon Brief - https://bit.ly/3nXzkSG  Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2LFBCVw  Other platforms: http://bit.ly/2POiTW3  Web: 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.

Nov 28

10 min 27 sec

Globally one-fourth of the greenhouse gas emissions come from food production. It includes everything like farming, dairy and meat industries. In fact dairy and meat account for nearly 15% of the emissions. So how can a brand contribute to less land, less water and fewer emissions while selling plant-based meat alternatives? On this episode Todd Boyman, Co-Founder & CEO of Hungry Planet joins Girish Shivakumar for an insightful conversation. 3 reasons why you should try hungry planet's plant based meat alternatives Less water - Hungry Planet meats consume 62 to 91% less blue and grey water than conventional meats. Less land - Hungry Planet meats require 52 to 79% less agricultural land than conventional meats. Fewer emissions - Hungry Planet meats generate 42 to 89% lower greenhouse gas emissions than conventional meats. To find out more about Todd - https://www.linkedin.com/in/toddboyman | https://www.hungryplanetfoods.com   Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2LFBCVw  Other platforms: http://bit.ly/2POiTW3  Web: 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.

Nov 14

39 min 54 sec

The 26th Conference of Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place in Glasgow from Oct 31st to Nov 12th 2021.  The 4 top goals are - Mitigation, Adaptation, Finance & Collaboration. Along these lines we can expect more firm commitments from the countries at the event.  What more to expect? Girish Shivakumar shares his views on the origins of COP and what to expect particularly  at this event and why should we hope for a successful COP26 ? To find out more about COP26 https://ukcop26.org/  | https://unfccc.int/conference/glasgow-climate-change-conference-october-november-2021  Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2LFBCVw  Other platforms: http://bit.ly/2POiTW3  Web: 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.

Oct 31

11 min 40 sec

How can cities enable shared electric mobility services? Are 15 minute cities a reality?  Why behaviour shift is essential to make shared transit system in cities a success? All this and more is discussed in this episode where Venkatesh Gopal, Partnerships & Business Development manager at Movmi joins Girish Shivakumar for a conversation.  To find out more about Venkatesh & Movmi –  https://movmi.net/ | https://ca.linkedin.com/in/venkateshgopal-electricsharedmobility  Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2LFBCVw  Other platforms: http://bit.ly/2POiTW3  Web: 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.

Oct 17

47 min 44 sec

What does it take to build a successful cleantech business?  Are the new age leaders in cleantech different from the conventional business leaders? What do the investors look for when they evaluate a cleantech start-up?  All this and more is discussed in this episode where Girish Shivakumar interviews David Hunt, CEO of Hyperion Executive Search and the host of ‘Leaders in cleantech’ podcast. To find out more about David –  https://leadersincleantech.com/ | https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-hunt-cleantech/ Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2LFBCVw  Other platforms: http://bit.ly/2POiTW3  Web: 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.

Sep 26

29 min 57 sec

Did you know that water that is treated well can be reused? Water treatment as a service is now available where you pay for every litre of water reused from treatment. What's more, it also meets your requirements in terms of local government compliance.  The Boson White Water System involves a 11 stage treatment process where the output is pure drinking water All your questions on how to get started with wastewater treatment answered on this episode where Vikas Brahmavar, Director at Trans Water is in conversation with Girish Shivakumar.  To find out more about Vikas https://transwaters.com/ | https://twitter.com/brahmavarvikas  Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2LFBCVw  Other platforms: http://bit.ly/2POiTW3  Web: 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.

Sep 12

26 min 23 sec

What is Mobility as a Service (MaaS) all about? How can MaaS help cities reduce car ownership? What are the emerging global trends around MaaS? Can we combine housing rents with mobility subscription? All your questions on this and more answered on this episode where Sampo Hietanen, CEO of MaaS Global is in conversation with Girish Shivakumar.  To find out more about MaaS Global https://whimapp.com/ | Sampo - https://www.linkedin.com/in/sampohietanen/  Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2LFBCVw  Other platforms: http://bit.ly/2POiTW3  Web: 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.

Aug 29

35 min 48 sec

How has deregulation of electricity markets given more power to the consumers?  How can technology help developing countries leapfrog in the energy transition? What can we learn from the Texas electricity grid crisis of 2021? All your questions on this and more answered on this episode where Jesson Bradshaw, CEO of Energy Ogre is in conversation with Girish Shivakumar.  To find out more about Energy Ogre - https://www.energyogre.com/ Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2LFBCVw  Other platforms: http://bit.ly/2POiTW3  Web: 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.

Aug 15

39 min 38 sec

Is refreezing the arctic a viable climate action? What are the pathways for deep and rapid emissions reductions? What are the nature based solutions for greenhouse gas removal? All your questions on this and more answered on this episode where we discuss Climate action backed by scientific research and robust evidence with Dr Shaun Fitzgerald OBE from Centre for Climate Repair at Cambridge (CCRC) who joins Girish Shivakumar for a conversation. CCRC is also affiliated to the Cambridge Zero initiative.  To find out more about Centre for Climate Repair at Cambridge - https://www.climaterepair.eng.cam.ac.uk/ | https://twitter.com/RepairClimate  Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2LFBCVw  Other platforms: http://bit.ly/2POiTW3  Web: 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.

Aug 1

30 min 30 sec

How did Greta Thunberg inspire climate action around the world? How did a company that started off as a provider of carbon footprint assessments grow into a MNC that is offering businesses an end-end transparent climate action strategy? All you need to know about ClimatePartner's 5 step process for climate action is on this episode. Girish Shivakumar is joined by Tristan A. Foerster, Managing Director of ClimatePartner on this conversation.  Action Item - So if you want to check your carbon footprint and know how you can reduce or offset your emissions, go take a test  https://you.climatepartner.com/en/  To know more about Tristan and the work of ClimatePartner  https://www.climatepartner.com/en  Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2LFBCVw  Other platforms: http://bit.ly/2POiTW3  Web: 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.

Jul 18

39 min 24 sec

Can buildings be turned into carbon sinks? What are the best use cases of carbon capture? All this and more covered on this episode featuring Soletair power.  Soletair Power turns buildings into carbon sinks, that lower the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere. The captured CO2 is converted into synthetic renewable fuel. Petri Laakso, CEO & Partner joins Girish Shivakumar on this conversation.  Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2LFBCVw  Other platforms: http://bit.ly/2POiTW3  Web: 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.

Jul 4

24 min 21 sec

How are companies manufacturing plastics undergoing a sustainability transformation?  What do we know about the plastics industry and what should we know to be more aware of the product we use daily? What are the roles of financing options like green bonds and are they really adding value to the decarbonisation strategy of the plastic industry? All your questions on the plastics industry, the value chain and everything related to it discussed on this episode where Gabriel Thoumi (Director of Financial Markets , Head of Plastics Programme, Planet Tracker) joins Girish Shivakumar on a conversation. Connect with Gabriel at https://at.linkedin.com/in/gabrielthoumi or gabriel[at]planet-tracker.org Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2LFBCVw  Other platforms: http://bit.ly/2POiTW3  Web: 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. Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2LFBCVw  Other platforms: http://bit.ly/2POiTW3  Web: 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.

Jun 20

33 min 52 sec

What’s holding us back from adopting electric mobility in a big way? When can India see an increased uptake of EVs? How did the Nordic region get there? On this episode, Awadhesh Kumar Jha joins Girish Shivakumar to discuss this topic in detail particularly covering three points  What is it about the mind set of people that is required to enable the shift to personal electric mobility?  The narrative around the policy and the communication from the government agencies which is essential for both the manufacturers and the general public.  Debunking the myths around the transition to electric mobility with a few references to other countries. Awadhesh Jha is the Vice  President – Charge & Drive, Fortum Charge & Drive India. He can be reached on LinkedIn. (https://in.linkedin.com/in/awadhesh-kumar-jha-0697a28)  Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2LFBCVw  Other platforms: http://bit.ly/2POiTW3  Web: 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.

Jun 6

48 min 50 sec

International Energy Agency released a landmark report, ‘Net Zero by 2050: a Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector’ this past week. The net zero roadmap is aimed to be a “how to guide” for the world’s decision makers to get to their targets. So, what are the highlights from the study? | What are the recommendations? | What are the critics saying about this study? Girish Shivakumar provides a summary of the report and everything you need to know about this global transition to net zero which is also the core theme of this podcast. Why is net zero important? Check this episode - https://bit.ly/3u72D5a  Link to the IEA report - https://www.iea.org/reports/net-zero-by-2050    Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2LFBCVw  Other platforms: http://bit.ly/2POiTW3  Web: 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. 

May 23

9 min 18 sec

What is Rainwater Harvesting? Why is it essential for megacities and how can you get one done? All your questions answered on this episode.  Bengaluru in India is a water stressed city but there are innovative projects that are coming up which aims to reduce the water stress and recharge the ground water. Ganesh Shanbhag an avid enthusiast who designed his own system joins Girish Shivakumar to share one such success story. You can connect with Ganesh Shanbhag at ganesh4889[at]gmail.com Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2LFBCVw  Other platforms: http://bit.ly/2POiTW3  Web: 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.

May 9

33 min 14 sec

Everyone is talking about Net-Zero transitions, why is it important, why should you be involved and how can you be involved? All questions answered on this episode.     Girish Shivakumar also shares the brief 2 year old journey of Mission Shunya podcast and what to expect in the future.   The net zero tracker - https://eciu.net/netzerotracker  Without the hot air - https://www.withouthotair.com/    Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2LFBCVw  Other platforms: http://bit.ly/2POiTW3  Web: 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.

Apr 25

14 min 36 sec

What is Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS)? How does it work? Is direct air capture an efficient solution? All your questions on CCUS answered on this episode. Joining Girish Shivakumar is the CTO of Aker Carbon Capture Jim Stian Olsen, who shares the story of how Aker started developing its technical expertise around carbon capture. Also, how is it building its first CCUS plant in the Nordic?  More about Aker Carbon Capture: https://www.akercarboncapture.com  Follow Jim: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jim-stian-olsen-476b581/    Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2LFBCVw  Other platforms: http://bit.ly/2POiTW3  Web: 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.

Apr 11

29 min 57 sec

Will we run out of Lithium for EV batteries? Is Cobalt ethically sourced? How much of metals can we extract through recycling? All your questions on the sustainability of material extraction, global supply chains and circular economy answered on this episode.  Tom Van Bellinghen (VP, OEM Value Chain & Marketing) and Kedar Rele (Country General Manager & Director, India) from Umicore join Girish Shivakumar on a conversation.  More about Umicore: https://www.umicore.com/  Follow Tom: Tom V B | Kedar: K.Rele   Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2LFBCVw  Other platforms: http://bit.ly/2POiTW3  Web: 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.

Mar 28

41 min 41 sec

Is urban farming really sustainable? Is it the same throughout the world? Why should look at it holistically?  Shalini Patwal, an infrastructure development consultant passionate about climate change and sustainability, particularly in the context of water joins Girish Shivakumar on this episode to share her views on the impact of urban farming on the water infrastructure.  Follow Shalini Patwal: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shalini-patwal-04a27a8/    Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2LFBCVw  Other platforms: http://bit.ly/2POiTW3  Web: 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. 

Mar 14

50 min 11 sec

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: 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. 

Feb 21

39 min 3 sec

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: 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. 

Feb 8

24 min 12 sec

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: 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. 

Jan 25

42 min 38 sec

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: 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. 

Jan 4

33 min 8 sec

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: 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. 

Dec 2020

38 min 34 sec

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: 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. 

Dec 2020

24 min 42 sec

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: 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. 

Nov 2020

50 min 21 sec

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: 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. 

Nov 2020

1 hr 3 min

“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: 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. 

Oct 2020

26 min 54 sec

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. 

Oct 2020

50 min 51 sec

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: 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. 

Sep 2020

29 min 34 sec

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: 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. 

Sep 2020

34 min 23 sec

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: 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. 

Aug 2020

29 min 47 sec

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: 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. 

Aug 2020

36 min 11 sec

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: 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. 

Aug 2020

46 min 58 sec

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: 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. 

Jul 2020

39 min 16 sec

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: 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 

Jul 2020

28 min 5 sec

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: 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. 

Jun 2020

33 min 5 sec

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: www.missionshunya.com  Link to report: https://bit.ly/3dLLMxA  To connect with Dr Serenho: https://bit.ly/3h4XSDR  Follow UK Fires: @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

Jun 2020

34 min 44 sec

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: 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. 

May 2020

49 min 39 sec

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     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. 

May 2020

1 hr 34 min

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: 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. 

Apr 2020

54 min 54 sec

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: www.missionshunya.com  Liked the story? Give a rating and write a review on Apple Podcasts. Share it with 3 people in your network. 

Apr 2020

49 min 1 sec

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 www.saytrees.org or write to them at 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: www.missionshunya.com  Liked the story? Give a rating and write a review on Apple Podcasts. Share it with 3 people in your network. 

Mar 2020

29 min 28 sec

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: www.missionshunya.com  Liked the story? Give a rating and write a review on Apple Podcasts. Share it with 3 people in your network. 

Mar 2020

27 min 41 sec

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 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 

Mar 2020

33 min 54 sec

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 

Feb 2020

22 min 20 sec

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

Feb 2020

27 min 12 sec

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. 

Jan 2020

30 min 33 sec

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 

Jan 2020

14 min 33 sec

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 You can also follow him on Twitter @TonyJuniper.  You can send your feedback at missionshunya@gmail.com or through facebook, twitter or instagram, the handle is @Mission Shunya. All details about Mission Shunya available at www.missionshunya.com  If you liked the episode, share it with friends, family and colleagues. Help spread the word. 

Dec 2019

31 min 11 sec