Talking Net Zero podcast

Talking Net Zero

Talking Net Zero

In each episode of Talking Net Zero, Sara Sloman invites friends to discuss topics close to their heart around energy, infrastructure and collaboration.

18 Episódios

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    18: Talking Net Zero Episode 18 - Seiki Payne


    The whole mix Seiki Payne is MD and (with Jamie Duffy) the co-founder Tronius, a company that’s in the ‘one to watch’ category. Seiki chats with Sara Sloman about how Tronius is on a mission to accelerate the transition from fossil fuels to renewables. He explains how they use innovative products and solutions to “help business along that transition as quickly as possible.” And, how they’re using data “to make sure these decisions are as good as they can possibly be.” He also gives a sneak preview of Tronius’ portable EV charging hub.  Coinciding with COP26, it’s being launched in Dundee next month. Bringing EV chargers to areas where they doesn’t exist, the product proves the demand, then uses the data that results to determine the best solution.
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    17: Talking Net Zero Episode 17 - Jonny Duggan


    Co-founder of AnnexusEV Jonny Duggan chats with Sara Sloman about how a David Attenborough documentary spurred Jonny and his father to create an energy-based business to serve fleet needs. While the younger generation are more ‘switched on’ about EVs, there are many myths that need to be busted, from range anxiety to the spread of charging infrastructure, he explains. He sets out why the talk about decarbonisation “needs to become more mainstream” and why we need to make EVs more accessible “for everybody in the UK.” And, they reveal their personal World EV Day pledges…
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    16: Talking Net Zero Episode 16 - Matt Allen


    This week Sara Sloman is in conversation with Matt Allen, CEO, Pivot Power, which is building a nationwide network of energy super-hubs to enable rapid EV charging, powered by low-carbon energy sources. The first super-hub has already opened in Oxford, with Coventry the next, and many more to follow. Or, as Matt puts it: “It’s a big battery in a field, that’s unlocking small mobile batteries on the road. They are unrelated apart from sharing a connection point, but both are critical to getting to a net zero outcome.” He draws parallels with the last time, 100 years ago, when there was a massive conversion of transport (from horse to petrol power) and how it took place in only a decade despite the massive infrastructure requirements. They talk about the way people respond with an urgency in a crisis and why that makes the language we use important. The mull on what consumer pressure will do on the road to net zero and why ‘scare tactics’ are not the answer. “Avoiding a Climate Catastrophe is a participatory sport’ says Matt as he explains “why we all need to get on the pitch and score some goals.”
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    15: Talking Net Zero Episode 15 - Robin Webb & Sam Henegan


    This week Robin Webb (Head of Mobility) and Sam Henegan (Associate) of national law firm Shoosmiths, join Sara Sloman to chat about their work in the transition to net zero. Working across the automotive, logistics, marine, aviation and rail sectors, they advise clients on the full range of legal issues they might need help with, especially on the road to net zero. Covering everything from e-scooters to drones and mobility as a service (MaaS), alongside some of the major original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), they chat about companies’ net zero policies and future proofing for fleets.  They explain the impact of incentives, such as government grants and tax regimes, and set out why clarity around longer-term incentives is vital to enable fleets to properly plan ahead.  We discover that consumers and employees are now in the driving seat to drive change, and why electric company car fleets are viewed by employees as an incentive to join or stay with a company. In a lively conversation they discuss what issues are driving consumers, which in turn are driving OEMs. For example, consumers want to know the impact of their EV on issues such as deforestation. The impact of Britishvolt’s gigafactory, and how the Brexit deal means that batteries from China is not the ‘future for forever’ are mulled over, before taking a look at Battery as a Service (BaaS), or ‘battery swapping’. Not only does it reduce the cost of a new vehicle, but they reckon it’s a “a really neat offering that will take off in the medium term.”
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    14: Talking Net Zero Episode 14 - Sarah Banks


    Bridging the data gap How do we make consumers better educated about their choices, and what ways are there to create greener methods of transport without sacrificing the consumer interest? This is the thorny issue tackled by Sarah Banks, Global Lead for the F&L Industry at Accenture, a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security that employs half-a-million people. Chatting with Sara Sloman, she talks about greening of ‘last mile’ deliveries, how behaviour changes come from a ‘trigger’ and the shift in shareholder expectations. “More than 40 % of consumers care about the sustainability they have an impact on, but we lack the data to make that happen,” she tells Sara before setting out examples of how getting more access to data about consumers – and then using that data for good – will help to drive consumer choice about green transport. They talk about asset usage to get consumers making decisions about green transport, such as competitors sharing their delivery vehicles, how firms can compete and co-operate at the same time and how the regulatory environment can change this. They close with a fascinating exploration of carbon offsetting, and why it has to be more than just planting a tree. About Accenture The logistics industry has long been the steward of the supply chain, having leveraged both foresight and experience to enable and grow commerce globally. In this era of unprecedented change, the logistics industry has a profound opportunity to not only continue this history but to lead the transformation for a more digital, connected and sustainable future. Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries, it offers Strategy and Consulting, Interactive, Technology and Operations services—all powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centres. Its 506,000 people deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day, serving clients in more than 120 countries. It embraces the power of change to create value and shared success for its clients, people, shareholders, partners and communities.
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    13: Talking Net Zero Episode 13 - Alec Peachey


    Whipping up a conversation Alec Peachey runs Transport + Energy, designed to unite the two sectors that historically had no link. “There used to be a siloed mentality with transport and energy, which was understandable as they didn’t need to have a link,” he tells host Sara Sloman. “Now, they have to work together. While it’s about issues such as electricity grid capacity and EVs, there’s also other forms of energy that have new or stronger links with transport.” Sara chats with Alec about his “wonderful way of whipping up a conversation,” why local authorities are key in the chain and the importance of local councillors in driving change. Designed specifically to unite professionals across the sectors, Transport + Energy provides business-critical information and services to accelerate the decarbonisation of transport and energy.  About Transport + Energy The website – – features the latest news stories, features and projects from the sectors, diving into the myriad of challenges facing them with a focus on key topics including: electric vehicles energy roads infrastructure manufacturers hydrogen & biofuels The website brings together these two critical sectors and looks at how the various groups in the sectors need to work in unison.  Whether a vehicle manufacturer, fleet operator, energy network or energy solutions provider, EV charging point installer, local authority transport officer, sustainability or energy manager, if you are focused on the decarbonisation of transport and energy, this is the brand for you. To receive regular updates subscribe here:
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    12: Talking Net Zero Episode 12 - Poppy Welch


    Sara talks to Poppy Welch—Head Of Marketing at GRIDSERVE Poppy Welch of Gridserve is Sara Sloman's guest this week. Having just moved from Go Ultra Low - the government and industry initiative to provide 'everything you need to know' about EVs - she's now got a new challenge with the pioneering business.
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    11: Talking Net Zero Episode 11 - David Gibbin


    How can we use energy more efficiently? That’s one of the big questions that David Gibbin is charged with delivering answers to.  As Energy Flexibly Manager at Severn Trent, the water and sewage treatment company, he is delivering on the firm’s ‘triple carbon pledge’. This will see the Midlands-based company achieve net-zero emissions, 100% energy from renewable sources, and a 100% electric vehicle fleet by 2030, well ahead of the Government's 2050 target.  It has also become one of the first UK companies to ask shareholders to endorse its plans. The transport challenge is a big one for Severn Trent, explains David, as although its fleet isn’t large, it’s very varied. “This is not just a challenge for the transport department, but the whole company,” he tells Sara Sloman. And, these are no empty promises. Already, says David, Severn Trent has exceeded its target of using 50% of all its electricity from renewables by 2020. While converting the car and small van fleet to electric is straightforward, it’s also seen the company move from an outright ownership model for vehicles, to leasing, and David explains why. Trickier are larger vehicles – which go up to 44-tonne tankers and refrigerated vehicles. “There’s less choice at present, and we’re not involved in trunking – going on motorways – as our trucks travel in rural areas.” As a result, he explains why Severn Trent is now talking with vehicle manufacturers about the types of zero-emission trucks it wants to buy, but are not currently available. “The greenest mile, is the mile you don’t travel,” he adds, asking “do we actually need to do all the miles?” The result is some surprising and easy solutions (that don’t involve home working) to reduce engineers’ van use. Meanwhile, a programme to install 352 charging points ahead of its self-imposed deadline is now well underway, he adds into this insight in the role of utilities on the road to net-zero.
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    10: Talking Net Zero Episode 10 - Duncan Burt


    Why COP26 is fascinating and Britain is leading the way Duncan Burt is the Director for COP26 at National Grid, leading the gas and electricity distributor's engagement with the worldwide summit in Glasgow this November. Electricity is one of the most exciting places to work right now, he says. “There are people right across the sector creating things for the very first time, it’s real innovation, not copying something else.” He answers the oft-asked question - will there be enough power, and enough time to sort it all out? We discover that he doesn’t has much time for armchair engineers, and what the general public really know about the grid, net-zero or COP26. He talks about why National Green has launched its Green Light Signal, that tells you when the electricity in your home is coming from clean and green energy sources. Sara chats with Duncan about the ‘Greta Thunberg’ effect and Extinction Rebellion, and how the UK is fastest de-carbonising economy in the G20. After discussing the big switch that’s China’s made, he answers the big questions: What do we need to do get de-carbonisation momentum and what the biggest single carbon reduction measure you can take?  He also explains what the changes to our lifestyle will mean, why they won’t make us miserable and why it’s not all about flygskam.
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    9: Talking Net Zero episode 9 - Rachel Hayes


    At the cutting edge of energy transition Having spent more than a decade at Exeter-based Regen – an independent not-for-profit body that works with all sectors to revolutionise the way we generate, supply and use energy – Associate Director Rachel Hayes has just started a secondment to the government’s Cabinet Office for COP26. She explains what her new role, as a Senior Strategy Advisor for the 26th UN Climate Change Conference, to be held in Glasgow in November, entails. Setting out why COP26 is important, as a significant test of the Paris agreement – which was the first truly global climate change agreement – Rachel talks with Sara Sloman about the big opportunities to engage the public and businesses on climate change.  They talk about the “real challenge of making things relatable to the public” when talking about climate change” and the major changes people need to make in their lifestyles. The conversation also covers the amazing success of ReWiRE, now renamed Women in Renewables, the place for professionals to join together, network and share ideas.  Rachel discusses the importance of strong mentoring, and the radical new approach to it, by Women in Renewables. She sheds light on how powerful this often-neglected aspect of career development really is.

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