Podcast

Green is the New Finance is our podcast series showcasing leading thinking on how to mobilise capital towards a greener, more inclusive and climate resilient global economy.

Hosted by the Green Finance Institute’s Helen Avery, every other episode is a one-to-one interview with a global leader from within the finance sector or policy environment sharing their ideas on how to advance green and sustainable finance. Alternate episodes are co-hosted by the Institute’s Ryan Jude and include interviews with those leading on-the-ground financing solutions. 

Episode eighteen: Michiel de Smet, finance programme lead, Ellen MacArthur Foundation
What does it mean to have a circular economy? and how is the finance sector supporting the shift to reduced waste and regenerative systems? Michiel de Smet, finance programme lead at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation - the world's leading authority on a circular economy - shares his insights with the Green Finance Institute's Helen Avery and Ryan Jude. 
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Episode seventeen: Kathy Baughman McLeod, director, Adrienne Arsht Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center
Heat. Is it the biggest financial risk of climate change we're not talking about? Kathy Baughman McLeod, director of the Adrienne Arsht Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center at the Atlantic Council talks to the Green Finance Institute's Helen Avery about resiliency versus adaptation, the silent killer that is heat, and the role of the insurance sector in helping us develop the resilience we need.
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Episode sixteen: Polly Billington, director, UK100
Local solutions are an essential part of any national net zero ambition. Polly Billington, director of UK100, a network of local councils and boroughs committed to the transition, talks to the Institute's Helen Avery and Ryan Jude about the actions they are taking, how we can finance a faster pace of change, and why we as voters have a responsibility to choose carefully in local elections.
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Episode fifteen: Bevis Watts, chief executive, Triodos Bank UK
Bevis Watts, chief executive of Triodos Bank UK, talks to the Green Finance Institute's Ryan Jude and Helen Avery about how retail banking can be a force for consumer behavioural change when it comes to solving our environmental and social issues, as well as what is needed for a system-wide change of the finance sector and how to safeguard against greenwashing. 
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Episode fourteen: Catherine Howarth, chief executive, ShareAction
Catherine Howarth, chief executive at ShareAction, talks to the Green Finance Institute's Ryan Jude and Helen Avery about her journey into the world of responsible investing, the role asset managers play in influencing companies to be more environmentally and socially-responsible, and the importance of using shareholder voting rights to enact positive change. 
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Episode thirteen: Hannah Dillon, head of the Zero Carbon Campaign

What is a carbon price? and why is it so important if we hope to reach net zero? Hannah Dillon, head of the Zero Carbon Campaign joins the Green Finance Institute’s Helen Avery and Ryan Jude to shine a light on carbon pricing, bust a few myths and talk about the Campaign’s ambitions.

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Episode twelve: Nigel Wilson, group chief executive, Legal and General
Nigel Wilson, group chief executive at Legal and General, talks to the Green Finance Institute's Helen Avery about the firm's inclusive capitalism mission, and the potential for pension funds and financial institutions to invest in solutions to the world's 'long liabilities' such as climate change, population increases and inequality.
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Episode eleven: Dale Vince, founder, Ecotricity and chair, Forest Green Rovers F.C.
Dale Vince OBE, founder of the world's first green and vegan energy company, Ecotricity, and chair of the world's greenest football club, Forest Green Rovers, talks to the Green Finance Institute's Helen Avery and Ryan Jude about reaching net-zero in energy, food, transport, and, of course, sports.
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Episode ten: Richard Curtis, film director, screenwriter and co-founder, Make My Money Matter
Film director, producer, screenwriter and co-founder of Make My Money Matter, Richard Curtis, speaks to the Green Finance Institute’s Helen Avery and Ryan Jude about the global campaign for individuals, companies, financial institutions and governments to move the trillion of pounds in pension funds into sustainable investments, as well as his hopes for COP26 and which of his film characters would make the most likely environmental ambassador...
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Episode nine: Kwasi Kwarteng MP, minister of state for business, energy and clean growth
The UK Government recently announced plans for a green sovereign bond and a UK National Infrastructure Bank among other green finance commitments. Kwasi Kwarteng, minister of state for business, energy and clean growth, talks to the Green Finance Institute's Helen Avery and Ryan Jude about the role of green finance, the importance of a UK green recovery and the run-up to COP26.
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Episode eight: Deborah Lehr, vice chair and executive director, Paulson Institute
From a national carbon market to green finance zones and green fintech, President Xi Jinping is hoping to mobilise private capital at scale to meet China's net zero goals. Deborah Lehr, vice chair and executive director at the Paulson Institute speaks to the Green Finance Institute's Helen Avery about China's green finance strategy and the work of the Paulson Institute.
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Episode seven: US Election Special: Ed Barbier, distinguished professor of economics, Colorado State University
What does a Biden Administration mean for US climate policy, global climate action and financial markets? Ed Barbier, environmental economist, distinguished Professor of Economics at Colorado State University and author of multiple United Nations reports on green recoveries discusses US President-elect Joe Biden's 'Build Back Better' plan with the Green Finance Institute's Helen Avery and Ryan Jude.
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Episode six: Annette Nazareth, operating lead, Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets
US attorney and former US Securities and Exchange Commissioner, Annette Nazareth shares with the Green Finance Institute's Helen Avery what those working in finance and in nature can expect as a global voluntary carbon offset market takes shape. Annette talks about the components of creating markets, as well as her hopes for climate finance.
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Episode five: John Elkington, author and chief pollinator, Volans
What would it take for us to shift to a regenerative economy? John Elkington, founder and chief pollinator at Volans and author of the recent book Green Swans: The coming boom in regenerative capitalism talks to host Helen Avery at the Green Finance Institute about the urgent need for a new approach to capitalism, and the investment, leadership and partnerships needed to have an economy that works for planet and people.
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Episode four: Ray Dhirani, head of sustainable finance, WWF-UK
How can the financial community prevent further destruction of nature? Ray Dhirani, head of sustainable finance at WWF-UK, joins co-hosts Helen Avery and Ryan Jude at the Green Finance Institute to talk about the recent film Our Planet: Too Big to Fail and its recommendations to the finance sector on risk, impact and opportunity as they relate to saving and regenerating our natural environment.
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Episode three: Mark Haefele, chief investment officer, UBS Global Wealth Management
Inflows into sustainable investing are increasing, driven by investor appetite for values-aligned investing and performance, but are there enough quality opportunities to satisfy that demand? Host Helen Avery talks to Mark Haefele, chief investment officer at UBS Global Wealth Management, about the future of sustainable investing and his firm's recent announcement it will be recommending sustainable investing over traditional investing to all of its clients.
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Episode two: Louise Wilson, co-founder and joint managing director, Abundance Investment
How can local authorities leverage the power of the crowd to finance local green solutions? Hosts Helen Avery and Ryan Jude are joined by Louise Wilson of Abundance Investment to dive into Community Municipal Investments, which allow the general public to invest as little as £5, through their local authority, in green projects such as hybrid battery storage and solar projects. With two local councils in the UK having launched their CMIs this summer, Louise discusses her organisation's ambitions to scale up the initiative. Helen also asks Louise about a nature climate bond launched in Scotland which helps part fund green spaces and nature.
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Episode one: Dr Rhian-Mari Thomas, chief executive, Green Finance Institute
How can collaboration and a sectoral approach help drive private capital towards investing in net-zero solutions? Helen Avery is joined by Dr. Rhian-Mari Thomas, to discuss the Green Finance Institute's approach to accelerating the transition to a clean, resilient and environmentally sustainable economy. Helen also asks about Rhian's journey into green finance and what’s keeping her inspired: “I’m not entirely sure how I could wake up every morning and think, today I’m going to use all my expertise, my energy and my knowledge to help move us towards a six-degree world.”
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Green is the New Finance Trailer
Introducing Green is the New Finance
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This podcast, the information therein and any related materials are not intended to provide and do not constitute financial or investment advice or a financial promotion. The comments, views, and opinions expressed are those of the speakers and do not necessarily represent the views of the Green Finance Institute. In addition, neither the Green Finance Institute nor any of its trustees, directors, officers, affiliates or members makes any representation or warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of the statements or any information contained in this podcast and any liability therefore (including in respect of direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage) is expressly disclaimed.