Earth, Wind and Solar features conversations on renewable energy and infrastructure in emerging markets. The podcast is co-hosted by partners Sarah Devine and Rebecca Abou-Chedid who speak with business leaders, influencers and policy makers to examine trends, opportunities and innovative projects in emerging markets.
Ep24: Equator Principles
Will Troutman and Stuart Neely, partners with robust experience in human rights and ESG-related compliance issues, join Sarah Devine and Rebecca Abou-Chedid for a conversation about the Equator Principles (EP4) and how they affect project developers. We explore the concept of “human rights due diligence,” key risks for the renewables sector and scrutiny that companies may face regarding human rights performance.
Ep23: Gender-lens Investing
In this episode, we explore gender-lens investing with Finnfund, a Finnish development financier and impact investor in emerging markets. Dr. Anne Valto and Lauri Etelämäki, senior advisors leading Finnfund’s work in this area, discuss the investment criteria and requirements for projects and share examples of gender-focused investments. We also discuss current priorities and future prospects for gender-conscious investing.
Ep22: Developing Clean Transportation in Latin America
Cesar Vargas, senior executive, structured finance and infrastructure at CAF – Development Bank of Latin America, joins Sarah Devine and Rebecca Abou-Chedid for a conversation about clean transportation and e-mobility in Latin America. We discuss the current landscape of Latin America’s transportation infrastructure from a climate impact perspective and efforts to develop and finance low carbon transport and infrastructure projects. We also discuss CAF’s energy transition agenda and explore successes and challenges to advancing “green” mobility in the region.
Ep21: Mexico’s Mining Law Overhaul
Dante Trevedan and Hernán González, partners in our Mexico City office, join Sarah Devine and Rebecca Abou-Chedid for a conversation about recent amendments to Mexico’s mining law. We discuss what has changed, what it means for the mining industry, what we can expect from implementing regulations, and how existing projects can protect their rights in the face of these changes. We also discuss the potential impact of lawsuits by private parties. Since the recording of this episode, some companies have filed “amparo” lawsuits to block implementation of the mining law amendments.
Ep20: Connecting US Businesses and Development Opportunities
Sam Kwon, general counsel of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), joins Sarah Devine and Rebecca Abou-Chedid for a conversation about USTDA’s role and approach to supporting project development in emerging markets. We discuss USTDA’s current priorities and outlook for the near future. These include connecting US businesses with renewable and clean energy projects in Southeast Asia, investing in digital infrastructure in Africa, and advancing sustainable development.
Ep19: Distributed Generation Market in Brazil
Camila Ramos, founder and managing director of Clean Energy Latin America (CELA), joins Sarah Devine and Rebecca Abou-Chedid for a conversation about renewable energy in Brazil. We discuss why distributed generation has made more inroads there than traditional utility-scale generation, what barriers distributed generation companies still face in the country, and more.