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This Climate Business is the Kiwi podcast about turning the climate crisis into an opportunity. Every week host Vincent Heeringa talks to entrepreneurs, investors and experts about what they're doing to solve the climate crisis and get NZ down to zero emissions by 2050 – or sooner.

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This Climate Business is the Kiwi podcast about turning the climate crisis into an opportunity. Every week host Vincent Heeringa talks to entrepreneurs, investors and experts about what they're doing to solve the climate crisis and get NZ down to zero emissions by 2050 – or sooner.

    A new shoe for you? Why not. Jeremy Bank, YY Nation

    A new shoe for you? Why not. Jeremy Bank, YY Nation

    Fast fashion is responsible for packaging, energy use, waste and consumerism at their worst. If there was ever an industry ready for a make over, it would be fashion. How about a very fashionable shoe made of wool, pineapple, bamboo, algae and sugarcane? That’s right it could be delicious, if a little fibrous. YY Nation is taking a circular economy approach to shoes that makes your All Birds look like so 2021. To explain the vision and the mission, I’m joined by CEO and founder Jeremy Bank.

    • 34 min
    Building a Circular Economy – Louise Nash, Circularity

    Building a Circular Economy – Louise Nash, Circularity

    What goes around comes around. The toxins we build into products come back to poison us sooner or later. It’s the circular economy at work. So imagine if we could
    design systems to remove those toxins in the first place, or at least capture
    them and return them to the process. Building a cradle-to-cradle economy is a
    mammoth task, and it’s the mission of Louise Nash, the CEO of Circularity, a
    consultancy that helps companies build circular systems. She’s also the founder
    of X-Labs, a workshop series that kickstarts the journey for companies as big as
    Lion Breweries and as tiny as EV Maritime.

    • 31 min
    Potatoes to the Rescue! Hamish Dodd about his Plastic Alternative

    Potatoes to the Rescue! Hamish Dodd about his Plastic Alternative

    We are drowning in plastics, in our soil, our oceans, our food
    chain, and recently discovered as nanoparticles in our gut. Mmmmm nanoplastics.
    The government banned single-use plastics in 2019, and is phasing out
    hard-to-recycle plastics such as meat and vegetable packaging later this year,
    but what to replace them with? Well, Earthpac is a New Zealand business turning
    to the humble spud for a solution. It’s a potato starch tray that can be frozen
    and microwave composted, and it's free from nasty toxins. Well, that sounds
    good.
    So why aren't we using it yet? And when will we see it at our local Four Square?
    To hear more about the long journey to this fantastic solution Vincent was
    joined by spokesperson Hamish Dodd.

    • 24 min
    No, it won't destroy your Business: Why Removing Parking is a Good Idea

    No, it won't destroy your Business: Why Removing Parking is a Good Idea

    Few public debates get heated more quickly than the one around replacing kerbside parking with transit lanes or bike paths.
    How do we make the conversation about parking less polarising and more productive?
    For the answers, Ross Inglis spoke to https://www.linkedin.com/in/tfwelch/ (Dr. Tim Welch), a Senior Lecturer at Auckland University’s School of Architecture and Planning. Tim, a very public advocate around cycling infrastructure, parking, and other urbanist touchpoints, unwraps the issues and offers pointers for winning the barbecue debate about parking.
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    • 22 min
    Behind The Plug: Electric Vehicle Smart Charging

    Behind The Plug: Electric Vehicle Smart Charging

    Electric vehicles are on their way, but is New Zealand’s grid ready for them? Christchurch-based Evnex makes clever chargers that refuel your car and let your lines company dynamically manage the load on its network.
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/edwardharvey (Evnex CEO and founder Ed Harvey) told Ross Inglis about the magic behind the plug.

    • 19 min
    Carbon Farming on Māori Land - Blair Jamieson, Tāmata Hauhā

    Carbon Farming on Māori Land - Blair Jamieson, Tāmata Hauhā

    So much farmland – a million hectares according to one estimate – is mostly unfarmable because its erosion-prone, too steep, or inaccessible. In decades past that land might be destinated for forestry or just abandoned to return to scrub. Either way, the return on investment was poor. But now, thanks to the Emissions Trading Scheme, some of that land is destined to become permanent forest, with emission credits earned by the landowner.
    This so-called carbon-farming could be a lifesaver for some though it’s a worry for others, who point out that these permanent forests are always exotic trees, especially pines – colonisation here we go again.
    What we need is more native ngahere not more foreign pests. Negotiating a way through this is https://tamata.co.nz/ (Tāmata Hauhā), a Māori owned carbon farming business dedicated to help Māori landowners make the most of the ETS to earn income for their marginal lands. To explain how the scheme works, Vincent spoke to founder and CEO Blair Jamieson.

    • 48 min

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