16 Nov, 2021

Decoding Sustainable Finance Quick Takes

In our Quick Takes podcast hosted by Isabel Verkes we feature experts from various backgrounds; getting the Quick Take on specific topics that captured our attention related to sustainable finance, climate and business. These Quick Takes are complementary to the deeper analyses provided by our Decoding Sustainable Finance podcast.

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In this episode of our Sustainable Finance Quick Takes podcast, we talk about the efforts around making crypto more sustainable. Our guest is Doug Miller who is working on renewable energy solutions for crypto miners and exchanges. Doug’s work is also with the Crypto Climate Accord, a private sector-led initiative for the crypto community that recently published a reporting guidance for emissions and energy usage from crypto. For more context behind the debate on crytpos’ sustainability, see this FT interview with Doug, and the Bitcoin Energy Consumption Index.

Guest description:

Our guest for Quick Takes episode #3 is Doug Miller. Doug has had several roles in the renewable energy space, combined with blockchain. After four years at Energy Web developing blockchain solutions for energy transition needs, he recently became deputy director at the Clean Energy Buyers Association (CEBA) and is a co-founder of Zero Labs, a new startup grown out of Energy Web. Zero Labs will proceed to build a public tokenized renewable energy marketplace to boost market access, starting with crypto buyers. Check his twitter for the latest updates.

In this episode of Decoding Sustainable Finance Quick Takes, we look at the role of finance and businesses in local sustainability efforts – zooming in on NYC. Our guest is Marianna Koval from NYU Stern’s Center for Sustainable Business, who tells us about the challenges she faces in pushing for corporate sustainability in the densest city of the US, and where she sees the most potential for progress. Find more about Marianna’s work with NYU on the Invest NYC SDG Initiative website.

For our first Quick Takes, we look into how we talk about climate change, and how that changed over time. “Climate change” is a loaded term. Its just two words, but people have very different connotations. What are the messages implied in how we talk climate change and the environment, and what can we do to have a more constructive conversation around the issue? For answers, we spoke with Min Low, product manager at Arabesque, who recently published on this topic of the changing language of climate change.