Accelerate Net Zero

Katherine Radeka

A podcast to explore how to accelerate the technologies we need to achieve Net Zero carbon emissions.

All Episodes

In this episode, the host, Katherine Radeka shares why she decided to launch this podcast, and why you should listen if you are interested in accelerating the transition to a Net Zero world. In the race to mitigate climate change, we can't afford to waste time, energy or money on solutions that don't deliver.

Oct 2020

7 min 29 sec

How do you convince medium sized companies to convert their fossil-fueled industrial processes to renewable energy?  And how do you do that if the amount of emissions saved seems tiny compared to the overall problem of global warming? It requires listening deeply to them, and building partnerships to meet them where they are, even if that means less electricity use in the short-term.  It means understanding the fundamental economics behind their decisions,and working with them to develop solutions that address their fundamental concerns. Sarah Williams of Simply Energy has taken a Design Thinking approach to help medium to large New Zealand companies have deeper conversations around how they source and use energy. 

Dec 2020

33 min 32 sec

The concept of circularity is an exceptionally challenging topic for many businesses.  Today, most companies push out products, and then it's up to the consumer to figure out what happens to them at the end of their useful lives. Circularity closes the loop, to look at how waste products can become feedstocks for other processes that continue to generate value.  It has the potential to completely change the role that a company plays in delivering customer value, the business model, and the product itself.  How do you introduce such a difficult topic, and how do you even begin to generate the ideas you need to develop innovative products and services with circularity at their core?

Dec 2020

29 min 19 sec

In this episode, I share more about why I chose to launch this project at this time, and how it fits in with my own personal story. You'll hear about my time at HP, how Rapid Learning Cycles developed, and a visit to the Nobel Prize Museum in Stockholm that proved to be transformative, showing me what work was mine to do. If you are working in this area, I encourage you to connect with me here, or on LinkedIn, to continue the conversation.

Dec 2020

20 min 46 sec

When people think about innovations around climate change, they naturally go to the big projects: solar energy farms, offshore wind, and the electrification of everything that uses fossil fuels today.  But a lot of the technology we need doesn't generate the same kinds of headlines, or attract the same level of funding and government support.  In this episode, we're going to go into one of these small-but-important pieces: water management data collection. Droughts and floods are both effects of global warming that are already increasing in both frequency and severity. And the impact hits low-income populations hardest and soonest. 

Nov 2020

30 min 56 sec

Deborah Stine is a bridge between scientists, engineers and the policymakers, community leaders and other stakeholders whose choices can either accelerate an innovation team’s work or place obstacles in their way. In this interview, she shares how to identify and engage with these stakeholders so that you can integrate their needs and concerns into your solutions from the beginning.

Nov 2020

34 min 28 sec

The Last Responsible Moment is a powerful practice for improving decision-making in the fog of uncertainty. We are clearly past the Last Responsible Moment to address climate change. We needed these solutions yesterday. So how can we use this concept to accelerate these solutions?

Nov 2020

13 min 44 sec

This project brings distributed solar power to Puerto Rico through community-based networks. It's based on a unique partnership between community organizations that bring consumers together, with trained local support teams and a for-profit partnership to provide...

Nov 2020

34 min 41 sec

In this episode, Will Harrison of Synapse Product Development shares his thoughts around how to build sustainability into all types of products from the beginning stages of development. To achieve Net Zero, eventually every one of the products we use on a daily basis will need to be carbon neutral. But how do we get there?

Oct 2020

31 min 53 sec