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Conversations on Climate Podcast

Welcome to the “Conversations on Climate Podcast,” a thought-provoking business podcast hosted by United Renewables. Join us as we delve into the pressing issue of climate change and our shared responsibility in addressing it.

As global temperatures rise and the effects of climate change become more evident, it’s crucial for each of us to take action and make a difference. Conversations on Climate brings together experts, leaders, and visionaries from diverse fields to share their knowledge, insights, and experiences in the fight against climate change. Our podcast aims to inspire and empower you to join the global community in transforming businesses, societies, and the environment for a sustainable future.

Each episode offers an in-depth look at a specific topic, ranging from sustainable business practices and renewable energy sources to environmental policies and individual actions that can lead to positive change. Through captivating conversations, we explore the challenges, solutions, and opportunities surrounding climate change, whilst highlighting the roles we all play in securing a healthier, more resilient world.

Stay informed, get inspired, and join us in the fight against climate change by tuning in to the Conversations on Climate Podcast. Subscribe to our podcast, and follow us on social media to stay updated on new episodes and engaging content. Together, we can make a difference and pave the way towards a sustainable future.

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Season 3: Episode 11 – in Conversation with Enda Brady

In a world where misinformation and conspiracy theories are now commonplace, journalists have a critical role to play in reporting on the facts and communicating complex scientific issues like climate change.

Season 3: Special Episode – Renewable Energy and Climate Action in Malta with Sandra Gauci

As the impacts of climate change become increasingly evident, the urgent need for bold action to address it has never been greater. In this interview, we speak with Sandra Gauci, leader of the Green Party in Malta and a teacher by profession, about the challenges and opportunities of fighting for a green future. Gauci emphasises […]

Season 3: Episode 10 – in conversation with Alison Taylor

In this episode, host Chris Caldwell sits down with Alison Taylor, Clinical Associate Professor at NYU Stern School of Business and Executive Director of Ethical Systems. They discuss the crucial role businesses must play in tackling climate change and other environmental, social, and governance (ESG) challenges.   Key topics covered:   💎 The importance of […]

Season 3: Special Episode – Mastering Leadership Challenges in Climate Change with Chris Caldwell

Mastering leadership challenges in climate change is not an easy task, as we find out from this captivating keynote by Chris Caldwell at the Green Vision Summit in Malta. In this captivating keynote from the Green Vision Summit in Malta, Chris Caldwell shares his personal insights and experiences in the fight against climate change. Through […]

Season 3: Episode 9 – in conversation with Professor Sir Dieter Helm

In this episode, we sit down with economist and author Professor Sir Dieter Helm to discuss his vision for a sustainable economy. Helm asks the question, “what would it look like to live in a sustainable economy?” and offers a framework for understanding and addressing climate change. He argues that the current narrative around net-zero […]

Season 3: Special Episode – How Are We Going To Regenerate Our World? with Marc Buckley

Dive into the future of sustainability and challenge your assumptions about human progress with ecological economist and futurist Marc Buckley. This captivating keynote from the Green Vision Summit & Expo in Malta explores the urgent need for a paradigm shift in how we approach environmental challenges and build a better future. Buckley begins by questioning […]

Season 3: episode 8 – in conversation with Alex Edmans

In this video, economist and professor Alex Edmans discusses his latest book, “May Contain Lies: How Stories, Statistics and Studies Exploit Our Biases.” Drawing on examples from economics, finance, and politics, Edmans reveals how confirmation bias, cherry-picking, and the misuse of data can result in misinformation and poor decision-making. He also offers practical advice for […]

Season 3: episode 7 – in conversation with Laurent Muzellec

In this episode, host Chris Caldwell is joined by Professor Laurent Muzellec, Dean of Trinity College Dublin, to discuss the role of business schools in preparing future leaders for a greener and more responsible world. Laurent is a professor and the Dean at Trinity Business School, Trinity College, Dublin, and is a researcher with a […]

Season 3: Episode 6 – in conversation with Chris Skidmore OBE

In part one of this conversation, former UK Energy Minister Chris Skidmore OBE discusses his decision to resign from the government over its rollback on net zero commitments.  He talks about the importance of long-term policy commitments to deliver certainty, clarity, consistency, and continuity in order to unlock economic opportunities and create jobs.  Skidmore reflects […]

Season 3: Episode 5 – in conversation with Sean Kidney

In this episode of the Conversations on Climate Podcast, we are delighted to sit down with Sean Kidney who is Co-founder and CEO of Climate Bonds Initiative to discuss the importance of green bonds and financing the transition to a low-carbon economy.  This conversation highlights the urgency of addressing climate change and the potential for […]

Season 3: Special Episode – Artificial Intelligence A Tool for Climate and Biodiversity Preservation

In this thought-provoking keynote at the Trinity Business Forum 2024, United Renewables CEO Chris Caldwell delves into the complex relationship between artificial intelligence (AI) and biodiversity, drawing parallels from history to shed light on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.  From the Aztec Empire to the modern age, Chris explores how artificial intelligence can […]

Season 3: Special Episode – in conversation with Mayra Barrero Delgado

Join us for a crucial conversation on climate change and its impact on developing countries, particularly in Latin America. In this video, we sit down with Mayra Barrero Delgado, an environmental engineering expert and sustainability consultant, to discuss the intensification of climate-related disasters and the urgent need for climate action. Barrero Delgado highlights the importance […]

Season 3: Episode 4 – in conversation with Kelly Price

Join us for this enlightening episode of the Conversations on Climate podcast as we delve into the intricate relationship between climate change, food production, and sustainable farming practices. In this episode, we are honoured to have Kelly Price, an AgriTech entrepreneur with a diverse background ranging from biology and cancer research to tackling food waste, […]

Season 3: Episode 3 – in conversation with Ricky Buch

Today’s enlightening Conversations on Climate podcast episode delves into the transformative world of energy transition and corporate-led renewable energy procurement. This episode is presented in collaboration with the Yale School of Business and the Environment, In this special recording from Yale’s inspiring campus, we engage with Ricky Buch, the visionary co-founder and CTO of Power Trust, […]

Season 3: Episode 2 – in conversation with Nico Johnson

Today we sit down with Nico Johnson the founder of SunCast Media and host of Suncast, the highly respected solar energy podcast that has hit 650 episodes and counting. A solar veteran with experience in development, sales, marketing, and executive coaching, Nico is one of the most connected and astute observers of the booming US […]

Season 3: Episode 1 – in conversation with Professor Freek Vermeulen

THREE words to describe this episode’s conversation with Freek:   Eclectic – Myth-busting – Storytelling   Everyone likes to think of themselves as a highly evolved person – and a great leader to. But strip away the jargon, polish and pretence…and aren’t we’re all just a bunch of naked apes? Only now they’re in charge of […]

Season 2: Special Episode – AI and Climate Change

In this enlightening keynote speech at Trinity College Dublin, Chris Caldwell United Renewables CEO, clean tech investor, renewables entrepreneur, and podcast host, delves into the complex relationship between artificial intelligence (AI) and climate change. Returning to his alma mater after 24 years, Caldwell shares insights on how AI is shaping our world, both as a […]

Season2: Episode 20 – in conversation with CT Green Bank

Introducing Bryan Garcia and Sara Harari The CT Green Bank was the first of its kind in the US and has generated over $2.4bn in green investment and abated millions of tonnes of CO2e by de-risking private finance, bringing stakeholders together, and pioneering approaches to local clean investment. Its President and Founder is Bryan Garcia, […]

Season 2: Episode 19 – in conversation with Brian Caulfield

Professor Brian Caulfield wants us to do everything, everywhere, all at once. Transport makes up a huge part of our emissions – around 20-25% in Ireland and the UK, and closer to 40% in the US. Knocking those numbers down is no easy task. A system as complex and inter-dynamic as our transport network is […]

Season 2: Episode 18 – in conversation with Costas Markides

Unveiling the Darkest Secret: Navigating Continuous Disruption with Costas Markides   How to Survive and thrive in the age of continuous disruption. In this engaging episode, Chris Caldwell delves into a thought-provoking discussion with Costas Markides, a seasoned Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at London Business School, currently holding the Robert P Bauman Chair of […]

Season 2: Episode 17 – The Climate Summit 2023 – Embracing The Circular Economy

In this episode, Chris Caldwell, CEO of UNITED RENEWABLES and host of the Conversations on Climate Podcast, moderates a distinguished panel of guests at the 2023 Climate Summit at Trinity College, Dublin. They discuss all aspects of the circular economy and the calibre of guests leads to a fascinating discussion. Panelists: David Callaway Founder, Callaway […]

Season 2: Episode 16 – In conversation with Professor Rupert Merson

How to Develop a Business Strategy for Your Business. Rupert Merson is an adjunct Professor in the Department of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at London Business School. He has been teaching growth, governance, and turnarounds at LBS for twenty-five years, and has written several books across a wide range of subjects. Outside of the London Business […]

Season 2: Episode 15 – In conversation with Professor Jane Stoutt

In this episode of the Conversations on Climate Podcast Professor Jane Stout talks to Chris Caldwell about biodiversity, natural capital accounting, and bridging the economy-ecology divide. So many of the tenets of modern economics from commodification and simplification to substitution and maximisation seem to run counter to foundational truths of ecology such as holism, complexity, […]

Season 2: Episode 14 – In conversation with Dr. Marcel Olbert

To take us through the global tax earthquake we welcome Marcel Olbert, Assistant Professor of Accounting at London Business School. Marcel is a rising star in the world of sustainable finance academia – and the youngest professor we’ve had on the podcast so far! An expert in global taxation, disclosure and transparency, and carbon policy […]

Season 2: Episode 13 – In conversation with Abel Martins Alexandre

Goodbye, Legacy Capital! It’s Time For A Change. Join us as we dive deep with Abel Martins Alexandre, the esteemed Managing Director at Lloyds Bank and a renowned authority in the metals sector.  Boasting over a decade of industry experience, Abel offers a profound grasp of the intricate challenges the sector faces, from sustainability imperatives […]

Season 2: Episode 12 – In conversation with Professor Randall Peterson

Professor Randall Peterson is a leading expert on leadership and organisational behaviour, with a unique perspective gained from his background in agriculture and educational psychology. In this week’s video, he shares insights on the role of corporate boards in addressing environmental and social challenges. He also discusses the importance of diversity and inclusion in the […]

Season 2: Episode 11 – In conversation with Matt Winning

Climate Change: Using Humour to Spread the Word with Matt Winning, economist and comedian.

Season 2: Episode 10 – In conversation with Rajesh Chandy

Delve into the Uncharted Climate Narrative of the Global South with Rajesh Chandy and discover the Untold Story of Innovation and Growth! Whilst tech titans and policymakers mold the mainstream discourse, Rajesh unveils a hidden truth, the heart of the solutions lies in the developing world. Brace yourself for Episode 10, a revelation of the […]

Season 2: Episode 9 – In conversation with James Samworth

In this episode, we have the pleasure of sitting down with James Samworth, Partner at Schroders Greencoat, one of Europe’s leading renewable infrastructure asset management firms with over £9 billion in assets under management to discuss the world of clean energy investments. In this riveting conversation, James shares his 15 years of expertise in the […]

Season 2: Episode 8 – In conversation with Alex Edmans

In this episode, we sit down with Alex Edmans, Professor of Finance and Academic Director of the Centre for Corporate Governance at London Business School. Alex specialises in the integration of classical financial theory and ESG, from worker pay and diversity to climate and sustainability.   His book Grow the Pie: how great companies deliver both […]

Season 2: Episode 7 – In conversation with Yariv Cohen

Building an Outstanding Green Business in Africa with Yariv Cohen Are you thinking about building an outstanding green business? If so, you’re in the right place. In this episode of the Conversations on Climate podcast, we’re talking to Yariv Cohen, a serial entrepreneur, impact investor, and global clean energy expert. Yariv is the founder of […]

Season 2: Episode 6 – In conversation with Dr Linda Yueh

The Great Economists: Dr. Linda Yueh on the biggest economic challenges of our time. In this episode of the Conversations on Climate podcast, Dr. Linda Yueh, professor of economics at London Business School, discusses the biggest economic challenges facing the world in the face of climate change. She highlights the cost of adaptation, the transition […]

Season 2: Episode 5 – In conversation with Eduardo Famini Silva

Embark on a comprehensive exploration of the global energy markets with Eduardo Famini Silva, a distinguished figure in the field of green energy banking. With an expansive career spanning multiple continents and a profound focus on clean energy markets, Eduardo Famini Silva, the Director of Renewables and Utilities at RBC Capital Markets, provides an unparalleled […]

Season 2: Episode 4 – In conversation with Julio Dal Poz

Julio Dal Poz is a veteran of the energy industry, with over 20 years of experience in upstream exploration, energy markets, and clean energy transition. He is currently a consultant at FTI Consulting, where he helps energy firms design their own transition strategies for the future. Dal Poz started his career as an engineer on […]

Season 2: Episode 3 – In conversation with Tom Gosling

After nearly twenty-five years at PriceWaterhouseCoopers as an expert on executive pay and board policy, Tom Gosling set out to create a new portfolio career with ESG at the center. Tom Gosling is currently Executive Fellow in the Department of Finance at London Business School, and holds fellowships, advisory, and consulting positions at a number […]

Season 2: Episode 2 – In conversation with Giorgia Granata and Eli Khrapko (WYPE)

Experience a thought-provoking and informative interview on the importance of sustainable business practices and sustainable living. In this conversation we uncover the significance of Wype, a revolutionary product that is changing the way we clean and preserve our environment. Join us on a journey to discover how Wype’s eco-friendly and biodegradable formula is helping to […]

Season 2: Episode 1 – In conversation with François Ortalo-Magné

Unveiling the Truth: Climate Change and Our Shared Responsibility! In the gripping premiere of Season 2 of climate dialogues, we engage in a fascinating conversation with our esteemed guest François Ortalo-Magné, Dean of the London Business School. We delve into the stark reality of climate change and the mutual obligation we all have in addressing […]

Season 1: Episode 20 – In conversation with Lynda Gratton

Welcome to this episode of the Conversations on Climate podcast. “Net-Zero World: Lynda Gratton on the Future of Work & Sustainability” The landscape of the modern workplace is experiencing unprecedented evolution. This rapid transformation, unlike anything witnessed since the industrial revolution, is propelled by factors such as technology, the pandemic, and the pursuit of decarbonisation. […]

Season 1: Episode 19 – In conversation with Cathrine De Coninck Lopez

ESG 101: The Ultimate Guide for Businesses | Why You Need to Know About ESG Investing The investment management trend of this century has arguably been ESG, which has become a large and growing business. However, with growth comes complexity and questions about what qualifies as ESG, which products are most aligned with sustainability goals, […]

Season 1: Episode 18 – In conversation with Professor Kathleen O’Connor

Mastering the Art of Negotiation: Insights and Strategies for Winning Join Professor Kathleen O’Connor, Clinical Professor of Organisational Behaviour at the renowned London Business School, and an expert in negotiation and conflict management, as she shares valuable insights into mastering the art of negotiation. In this episode of the podcast Professor Kathleen O’Connor gives us […]

Season 1: Episode 17– In conversation with TREEAPP Founders Godefroy Harito and Jules Buker

Planting trees for business – Nature-based solutions in the fight against climate change. In this video, we will explore the concept of planting trees for business as a nature-based solution in the fight against climate change. With the increasing recognition of the crucial role trees play in mitigating the impacts of a changing climate, businesses […]

Season 1: Episode 16– In conversation with Professor Zoe Chance

Conversations on Climate – Master your superpower – Mastering the art of influence and persuasion with Professor Zoe Chance. Zoe Chance is Assistant Professor of Marketing and Senior Lecturer at Yale School of Management, where she teaches the top-ranked MBA elective ‘Mastering Influence and Persuasion’. Last year Zoe published her long-awaited book, Influence is Your […]

Season 1: episode 15 – in conversation with Amoury Poulden

conversation with Amoury Poulden-Climate change, capitalism, and what’s next? Climatetech is the next big growth story for budding founders. Which sounds great – but what does it actually mean in practice? And how do you sort the moonshots from those that will never get off the landing pad? To find out, we spoke to someone […]

Season 1: episode 14 – in conversation with Professor Dan Cable

Exploring Competitive Advantage Through Emotions: A Conversation with Professor Dan Cable Join us on this week’s episode of the Conversations on Climate podcast, featuring the esteemed Professor Dan Cable. As the Professor of Organisational Behaviour at LBS and the author behind the insightful book “Alive at Work,” Professor Cable takes us on a journey through […]

Season 1: Episode 13 – in conversation with Tara Schmidt

Exploring Sustainable Finance with Tara Schmidt Can the banking system shape a better world? Tara Schmidt from Lloyds and Bank of Scotland believes so. She’s dedicated her career to this cause. Tara asserts that post-2008 turmoil and the impact of Covid-19 position finance as a catalyst for a sustainable future. As Head of Climate and […]

Season 1: Episode 12 – In conversation with Sam Baker

Sam Baker is the founder of Walk2COP, a grass-roots campaign for climate action which is running a virtual walk to COP27, from Glasgow to Egypt and as they say, climate change is about the people, not the event.  After 23 years working in the heart of business consultancy at Deloitte and eventually rising to Partner […]

Season 1: Episode 11 – in conversation with Professor Ioaniss Ioannou

Our guest this week is an award-winning academic and his focus is on how companies and capital markets can play a major part in a sustainable future. This conversation with Professor Ioaniss Ioannou takes us on a deep dive into multiple areas of sustainability, including reflections in a decade in ESG, the relationship between sustainability and […]

Season 1: Episode 10 – In conversation with Giannis Komitas

Lessons learnt from the renewables investment rollercoaster and how to make it in the sector yourself with Giannis Komitas.  In this video, Chris Caldwell CEO of United Renewables Ltd and host of the conversations on Climate podcast talks with Giannis Komitas, Chief Operating Officer of National Energy Holdings. In the busy, bustling center of Athens, […]

Season 1: Episode 9 – In conversation with Professor Julian Birkinshaw

Leadership and management for disruptive times. In this conversations on Climate podcast talk we speak with Professor Birkinshaw who is the Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the London Business School. Professor Birkinshaw is the author of 15 books and more than 90 articles and journals such as Harvard Business Review and the Strategic Management […]

Season 1: Episode 8 – In conversation with Julio Dal Poz

How Big Oil is really facing the energy transition In this video, Chris Caldwell CEO of United Renewables Ltd and host of the conversations on Climate podcast talks with industry veteran Julio Dal Poz and we hear his fascinating account of the view from within the oil industry. Conversation with Julio Dal Poz takes us […]

Season 1: Episode 7 – In conversation with Riccardo Gubbioli

Riccardo is an Energy Transition & De-Carbonisation Investor and Director of corporate finance at BRILLIANT PLANET. Their fascinating conversation introduces us to the microscopic world of MICROALGAE and we discover Riccardo’s journey: From Engineering to Renewable Energy to Agricultural Technology and where Ag Tech Meets Carbon Sequestration.

Season 1: Episode 6 – In conversation with Professor Jean-Pierre Benoît

We were fortunate enough to capture the conversation at the London Business School where Professor Benoît is Chair of the Economics Department. Conversation with Professor Jean-Pierre Benoît an expert in microeconomic theory, industrial organization, game theory, law, and economics. This wide-ranging discussion covers Professor Benoît’s interest in Game Theory, how the field of economics has […]

Season 1: Episode 5 – In conversation with Paul Beijer

We travel to THE HAGUE to meet PAUL BEIJER a deep thinker on strategy, finance, and government relations Paul is Managing director and founder of GR-IQ, a government relations consultancy and he is also former VP of government relations at SHELL as well as Country Chair of the LBS Alumni Energy Club. In this video, […]

Season 1: Episode 4 – In conversation with Kritika Kumar

Smart Building Technologies and Energy Efficiency In this video, Chris Caldwell talks to Conversation with Kritika Kumar ,  a smart energy specialist, digital transformation expert, and the London Business School Alumni Energy Club Co-President. They discuss how the implementation of smart technology can transform the efficiency of a building’s energy use, creating both cost savings […]

Season 1: Episode 3 – In conversation with Professor Sir Andrew Likierman

In this video, Chris Caldwell introduces esteemed Professor, Sir Andrew Likierman, former Dean of London Business School, for their fascinating Conversation on DECISION MAKING and judgement. Sir Andrew is an inspirational speaker, leader and management thinker. He advised Parliamentary Select Committees, was president of the Chartered Institute of Management and had roles at both Barclays […]

Season 1: Episode 2 – In conversation with Ramez Nasser

In this video, Chris Caldwell CEO of United Renewables Ltd talks to RAMEZ NASSER, Lawyer and Board Member at Energisme. Conversation with Ramez Nasser They discuss topics including how the world will generate over 2500 zettabytes of data by 2035, requiring new technologies to be able to make use of that data, especially in the […]

Season 1: Episode 1 – In conversation with Professor Michael G. Jacobides

We were fortunate to interview Professor Michael Jacobides at the beautiful Goulandris Museum of Natural History in Athens.

Intro: Season 1 Preview

Conversations with experts from around the world that explore the biggest challenge of our time – before time runs out. The scope of the challenge before us …