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Once a week Michael Liebreich has a conversation with a leader in clean energy, mobility, climate finance or sustainable development. Informational, inspiring and fun!

Cleaning Up. Leadership in an age of climate change‪.‬ Michael Liebreich

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Once a week Michael Liebreich has a conversation with a leader in clean energy, mobility, climate finance or sustainable development. Informational, inspiring and fun!

    Cleaning Up Audioblog Episode 3: Separating Hype from Hydrogen – Part One: The Supply Side

    Cleaning Up Audioblog Episode 3: Separating Hype from Hydrogen – Part One: The Supply Side

    This episode of Cleaning Up is based on a October 2020 blog written by Michael for BloombergNEF

    We would like to thank BloombergNEF for allowing us to record it.

    • 34 min
    Cleaning Up Audioblog Episode 2: Climate Action – It’s The Trade, Stupid

    Cleaning Up Audioblog Episode 2: Climate Action – It’s The Trade, Stupid

    This episode of Cleaning Up is based on a June 2021 blog written by Michael for BloombergNEF

    We would like to thank BloombergNEF for allowing us to record it.

    • 33 min
    Ep51: Yousef Alshammari 'Saudi Arabia's net zero conundrum'

    Ep51: Yousef Alshammari 'Saudi Arabia's net zero conundrum'

    Dr. Yousef Alshammari, is the CEO and Head of Oil Research at CMarkits, London UK. He is a former Research Fellow in energy economics at the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). He has been hosted for more than 200 TV shows with Al-Arabiya, CNBC Arabia, Sky News Arabia, Asharq Bloomberg, and CGTN. He is a writer at Forbes Middle East, CGTN and Oilprice.com, and his articles have been featured by multiple business news websites including MarketWatch, NASDAQ, and Business Insider.

    He obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London where he worked on designing innovative processes for clean hydrogen generation from heavy oil fields. Following that, he pursued his postdoctoral research in energy economics at the IAEA, KAUST, and the University of Vienna. He was awarded a research fellowship from King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies (KFCRIS) chaired HRH Prince Turki Alfaisal, and SABIC. He has also been a peer-reviewer for research papers at Energy Policy and the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, and he published a wide range of research papers in the field of energy technology and energy economics. Yousef is an assistant professor of energy economics at Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University in Saudi Arabia, and he taught more than 800 Saudi students including some of the first female engineering students in the country.

    He has been a recipient of many international prizes including the World Energy Congress Prize (2016) for TOP20 research papers for his work on the impact of low oil prices on carbon capture and storage, and the UK Alumni Award for Professional Achievements (2017). In 2017, he was honoured as a Young Global Changer by the G20 Global Solution Summit in Berlin, Germany, and in 2018, he was honoured for his long-term leadership services as a board member of Future Energy Leaders by the World Energy Council.

    Further reading:

    LinkedIn profile
    How COVID-19 Will Impact The Future Of Fuel Demand (October 2020)
    Achieving 80% greenhouse gas reduction target in Saudi Arabia under low and medium oil prices (February 2017)

    • 55 min
    Ep50: Lord John Browne 'Beyond Net Zero'

    Ep50: Lord John Browne 'Beyond Net Zero'

    Lord Browne is a Senior Advisor at General Atlantic on climate and Net Zero, providing strategic support and advice to the firm’s investment teams and portfolio companies.

    He served as Group Chief Executive of BP from 1995 to 2007, after having joined the company in 1966 as a university apprentice.

    In 2007, Lord Browne joined Riverstone, where he was co-head of the world’s largest renewable energy private equity fund until 2015. He is currently Chairman of Wintershall Dea, Europe’s largest independent oil and gas company. He is independent co-Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Council on Science and Technology, Chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, Chairman of the Courtauld Institute of Art, and a past President of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

    Lord Browne was the UK Government’s Lead Non-Executive Board Member from 2010 to 2015. He was knighted in 1998 and made a life peer in 2001. Lord Browne is the author of five books.

    Further reading:

    Lord Browne joins General Atlantic as Senior Advisor[Official Bio] (April 2021)

    Saving the planet needs faith and science (May 2021)

    Make, Think, Imagine: Engineering the Future of Civilisation (2019)

    • 46 min
    Ep49: Johan Rockström 'Pushing Planetary Boundaries'

    Ep49: Johan Rockström 'Pushing Planetary Boundaries'

    Johan Rockström is Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and Professor in Earth System Science at the University of Potsdam.

    He is an internationally recognized scientist on global sustainability issues, most known for developing the Planetary Boundaries framework for human development. Professor Rockström is a leading scientist on global water resources, with more than 25 years’ experience in applied water research in tropical regions, and more than 150 research publications in fields ranging from applied land and water management to global sustainability.

    Apart from that, Professor Rockström is a member of European Commission expert group: Mission Board for adaptation to climate change including societal transformation, chair of the Earth Commission and an elected member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. Between 2004 and 2012 he led the Stockholm Environment Institute, in 2007 he co-founded the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

    Professor Rockström wrote not just scientific papers: together with Sir David Attenborough he’s working on a Netflix series ‘Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet’ but also co-authored a cookbook with recipes healthy for people and the planet.
    Further reading:

    Official Bio https://www.pik-potsdam.de/members/johanro

    TED Talk “10 years to transform the future of humanity or destabilize the planet” (October 2020) https://www.ted.com/talks/johan\_rockstrom\_10\_years\_to\_transform\_the\_future\_of\_humanity\_or\_destabilize\_the\_planet

    Johan Rockström: ‘We need bankers as well as activists… we have 10 years to cut emissions by half’ (May 2021) https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/29/johan-rockstrom-interview-breaking-boundaries-attenborough-biden

    Standing Up for a Sustainable World: Voices of Change (2020)


    • 51 min
    Ep48: Nick Stern 'Planetary Crisis? Call an Economist!'

    Ep48: Nick Stern 'Planetary Crisis? Call an Economist!'

    Professor Lord Nicholas Stern is the IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, Chairman of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, Chair of the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy and Head of the India Observatory at the London School of Economics.

    Professor Stern led the Grantham Research Institute since its establishment in 2008. Between 2013 and 2017 he was the President of the British Academy. His academic career took him all over the world: he held appointments at, inter alia, Oxford University, MIT, Collège de France, the Indian Statistical Institute and the People’s University of China in Beijing. Professor Stern was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 2014.

    Apart from his academic career, he worked for international institutions like the World Bank and the EBRD and for the British government. In that capacity, he led the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change in 2006, a pioneering work looking into long-term costs of climate change and long-term benefits of urgent and aggressive climate action.

    Professor Stern was knighted for services to economics in 2004, was made a cross-bench life peer in 2007 and appointed Companion of Honour for services to economics, international relations and tackling climate change in 2017. Professor Stern holds 13 honorary degrees and numerous prizes.

    Official Bio


    Stern Review (2006)


    The Investment Imperative for the G7 (June 2021)


    G7 leadership for sustainable, resilient and inclusive economic recovery and growth - summary report (May 2021)


    WHO Air Polluton data


    Why Are We Waiting? The Logic, Urgency and Promise of Tackling Climate Change (2015)


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Entertaining and insightful—the best podcast I've listened to on climate change and the future of energy.

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