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 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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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.