Climate action on your doorstep. COP26 will bring Earth's most urgent conversation to Scotland in November 2021. In Local Zero, Glasgow-based researchers Dr Rebecca Ford and Dr Matt Hannon are your trusted guides to smart local energy and a zero carbon future.
Get smart: data in local net zero
What role does “smart” have to play in a local, net zero transition? How crucial is data? What are the key issues to address? The team are joined by Stephen McArthur, Professor of Intelligent Energy Systems at Strathclyde, and Gavin Starks, founder of Icebreaker One, a company working to unlock the value of data to deliver net-zero.
Greg Barker, coalition government climate change minister
Gregory Barker, now Lord Barker of Battle, was energy and climate change minister in the coalition government. He was pivotal to UK policies like the Green Deal, feed-in-tariff, & the Green Investment Bank. He reflects on his time in the role, and shares tips and advice for his successors.
A green COVID recovery?
What could a green post-COVID economic recovery look like, and how can we make sure it has carbon reduction and a just transition at its core? Guests this time are Miriam Brett, research director at the Common Wealth think-tank, and Mairi Spowage, Interim Director of Strathclyde University’s Fraser of Allander economic institute.
Community energy: power to the people
From turbines in the remote Western Isles to solar PV in Brixton, community energy projects represent a challenge to our mostly centralised energy system. They can also bring enormous local social and economic benefits. But the sector is at a crossroads due to policy changes - so what is the future of community energy? Joining the team are Emma Bridge from Community Energy England, and Professor Patrick Devine-Wright, an expert in community energy and public participation from the University of Exeter.
Low Traffic Neighbourhoods
Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) almost always encounter anger and resistance - but are shown to cut driving and increase walking and cycling where they are introduced. Leo Murray from the climate change charity Possible and Jon Burke, who introduced LTNs during his time as a Hackney council cabinet member, join the team. We'll also meet Brenda Puech, who turned an on-road parking space into a mini park or 'parklet'.
Movin’ on up: Transport for a net zero future
Transport makes up nearly 40% of the average UK household's carbon footprint (with wide variation between different sections of society). While other sectors have made progress on cutting carbon, the dial has barely moved on transport emissions. So is the elephant in the room actually an SUV? Joining the team this time are Professor Iain Docherty, transport policy expert at the University of Stirling, Dr Debbie Hopkins, Associate Professor in sustainable urban development at the University of Oxford, and Leo Murray, director of innovation at climate change charity Possible.
The nuts and bolts of decarbonisation
This podcast features 3 researchers looking (with a UK focus) at how we decarbonise. It is very well presented and produced and has an excellent selection of guests.
Often when people talk about what we need to do about climate change, there is a tendency to talk as if government can just pull a big lever to stop emissions; what I like so much about this podcast is that it examines the practical and social issues for people at a local level in making these changes, and manages to get quite in-depth while still being accessible to non-experts.
Practical and positive solutions
A well informed podcast that presents practical and positive solutions to get to net zero. We need to take action to tackle the climate crisis, this podcast gives me some hope that with the right will, we can act and adapt to mitigate the negative effects of a changing climate on our planet and population.
Good discussions and important issues aired and investigated.
Generally this is a very interesting podcast with a focus on academic researchers in the areas of sustainability and climate change. If I had one niggle it would be that more expertise is needed for the discussions around electric vehicles. Some of the comments aren’t as well-informed as they could be. I would recommend bringing in some EV experts and also some battery research scientists. A really good choice would be Dr Euan McTurk, for example.