20 episodes

A Positive Climate is a podcast focused on the cool ways to tackle climate change. 

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. Media coverage on the issue is often negative and many of us have no idea where to begin. While we can’t forget the truly dire consequences of what isn’t being done, a Positive Climate focuses on what is. 

Clean Energy industry “young vets” Alex McIntosh and Nick Zeltzer are flipping the script on climate change as they interview the inspiring people driving positive change. Season 1 features waste eating maggots, beer turned into electricity, a couple of bad jokes, battery powered planes and absolutely no single use plastics.  

If you’re passionate about the environment, the latest clean technology or just want to know how to get involved in the movement - while leaving your existential crises at bay - this podcast is for you!  

Say hi on Instagram, Twitter or on our website. 

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Music by Nick Weaver.

A great man, a great friend of the podcast and one of Sydney's most loved musicians, Nick passed away recently from illness. He shared this beautiful tune with us just prior to his health taking a turn and we couldn't be more honoured to feature it on the podcast. We would like to dedicate this season to him. 
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A Positive Climate Nova Podcasts

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A Positive Climate is a podcast focused on the cool ways to tackle climate change. 

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. Media coverage on the issue is often negative and many of us have no idea where to begin. While we can’t forget the truly dire consequences of what isn’t being done, a Positive Climate focuses on what is. 

Clean Energy industry “young vets” Alex McIntosh and Nick Zeltzer are flipping the script on climate change as they interview the inspiring people driving positive change. Season 1 features waste eating maggots, beer turned into electricity, a couple of bad jokes, battery powered planes and absolutely no single use plastics.  

If you’re passionate about the environment, the latest clean technology or just want to know how to get involved in the movement - while leaving your existential crises at bay - this podcast is for you!  

Say hi on Instagram, Twitter or on our website. 

***
Music by Nick Weaver.

A great man, a great friend of the podcast and one of Sydney's most loved musicians, Nick passed away recently from illness. He shared this beautiful tune with us just prior to his health taking a turn and we couldn't be more honoured to feature it on the podcast. We would like to dedicate this season to him. 
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    A Positive Climate #Wrapped: 2021 in Review with Alex and Nick

    A Positive Climate #Wrapped: 2021 in Review with Alex and Nick

    Alex and Nick wrap up 2021 and the end of our second season with a wide ranging chat: the current state of cleantech, some BOLD predictions about the future, the zaniest climate solutions of 2021 and what we’re excited about for 2022! 

    We cover a lot on this episode:
    Australia’s opportunity to be a renewable energy superpower;
    the hydrogen economy; 
    when we might get to high levels of EV uptake; 
    what our dinner plates might look like in 2025;
    Our favourite moments of Season 1 and 2; 
    Cleantech startup success stories from 2021; and 
    the positive mood at the end of the year around Australian cleantech startups. 

    Alex also briefly talks about cows urinating and Nick covers bees offering pollination as a service.  

    It's been a huge year and we couldn’t be more proud of the growth of this little podcast in such a short space of time. A HUGE thank you to all our loyal listeners for your continued support. We look forward to bringing you even more great episodes in 2022!

    If you know any amazing companies we should profile in 2022 send us an email via hello@apositiveclimate.com. 

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    If you enjoy the show, subscribe! You can also follow us: on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn or say hi at hello@apositiveclimate.com

    Music by the late, great Nick Weaver

    Production by our hero Mark Spencer from Here.Media

    Socials by the legend Rebecca Sather Jenkins

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    About the podcast

    Climate change is the greatest challenge facing humanity. The consequences are so dire that the media usually focuses on the negative and many of us have no idea where to begin.

    To flip the script, clean energy experts Alex McIntosh and Nick Zeltzer host A Positive Climate, an uplifting podcast focused on ways to tackle climate change.

    If you want to be inspired by interviews with some of Australia’s most innovative people, if you want to learn a lot (and laugh a little) and if you want a way to leave your climate related existential crises at bay, this podcast is for you.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 40 min
    E-bikes: the electric vehicle transforming our cities

    E-bikes: the electric vehicle transforming our cities

    Zoomo’s Mina Nada chats to Nick and Alex about the role of electric bikes in the future of our cities.

    Electric vehicles are a key pillar of our shift to zero carbon transportation. And when we hear the words "electric vehicles" most of us think about cars. But what about e-bikes? In the US for example they outsold cars by over 2 to 1 last year! And they are growing at 16 times faster than general cycling. 

    We wanted to feature ebikes because the reality is they’re not replacing walking or the humble push-bike - they’re replacing trips commonly made by cars and even trucks. And it’s because they’re up to 60% faster at getting you what you need. 

    So there’s a good chance your delivered pad-thai came to you on an e-bike and a really good chance it came to you on a Zoomo bike. Zoomo is riding a number of waves: electrification, the rise of the gig economy and consumers LOVE of on-demand products. The waves are so large that they just raised a A$80m funding round to continue to expand their business globally. Their co-founders recently won the TrailBlazer Award at the 2021 Young Entrepreneur Awards so we were lucky to have their CEO Mina Nada to chat e-bikes. 

    In this episode we cover:
    The role of e-bikes in addressing the zero carbon transportation challenge
    What is driving the explosion of e-bike usage around the world
    An e-bikes for dummies speed round (costs, charging times, range, theft)
    Why Zoomo is unique and why the bikes are flying off the shelves
    How Australia can go about creating a bike culture

    Oh and if you listen to this and think - “Geez I wish i knew more about the batteries powering transportation”- we have an episode for that too!

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    If you enjoy the show, subscribe! You can also follow us: on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn or say hi at hello@apositiveclimate.com

    Music by the late, great Nick Weaver

    Production by our hero Mark Spencer from Here.Media

    Socials by the legend Rebecca Sather Jenkins

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    About the podcast

    Climate change is the greatest challenge facing humanity. The consequences are so dire that the media usually focuses on the negative and many of us have no idea where to begin.

    To flip the script, clean energy experts Alex McIntosh and Nick Zeltzer host A Positive Climate, an uplifting podcast focused on ways to tackle climate change.

    If you want to be inspired by interviews with some of Australia’s most innovative people, if you want to learn a lot (and laugh a little) and if you want a way to leave your climate related existential crises at bay, this podcast is for you.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 45 min
    Australia's Role in the Battery Revolution

    Australia's Role in the Battery Revolution

    Christaan Jordaan of Sicona and Novalith talks to us about Australia’s great opportunity in batteries.

    Yes, the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t always blow. But there’s lots of technologies for those in between times - some are old, some are new but all of them are getting much much better. Pumped hydro, hydrogen, thermal storage and of course, BATTERIES.

    Batteries are getting cheaper, more efficient and more omnipresent. But where will all the materials come from and what role can Australia play?

    Nick and Alex chatted to Christiaan who is involved in not one but TWO impressive Australian startups targeting this huge economic opportunity. The first Sicona, is innovating within the battery, helping to improve the efficiency via unique anode materials. The other is Novalith, which is commercialising a technology to make the extraction of lithium - a key battery material - more efficient and more environmentally friendly.

    We cover a lot in this episode including:
    The role of batteries in addressing climate change
    Christiaan’s unique perspective on the industry (having worked at one stage in a graphite mine in Mozambique)
    The key materials in the battery supply chain and where they come from
    The exciting opportunity for both Sicona and Novalith
    Some of the inspiring international companies innovating in battery technology

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    Some more reading if you’re interested in the topic
    A TED-talk primer on how batteries work

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    If you enjoy the show, subscribe! You can also follow us: on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn or say hi at hello@apositiveclimate.com

    Music by the late, great Nick Weaver

    Production by our hero Mark Spencer from Here.Media

    Socials by the legend Rebecca Sather Jenkins

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    About the podcast

    Climate change is the greatest challenge facing humanity. The consequences are so dire that the media usually focuses on the negative and many of us have no idea where to begin.

    To flip the script, clean energy experts Alex McIntosh and Nick Zeltzer host A Positive Climate, an uplifting podcast focused on ways to tackle climate change.

    If you want to be inspired by interviews with some of Australia’s most innovative people, if you want to learn a lot (and laugh a little) and if you want a way to leave your climate related existential crises at bay, this podcast is for you.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 39 min
    Fashion, but make it sustainable!

    Fashion, but make it sustainable!

    Gordon Renouf from Good On You, chats to us about sustainable fashion. 

    We all want to look good and stay up with the latest trends but how do we do this in a sustainable and ethical way? It's an area definitely worth solving as the global apparel industry accounts for an estimated 8% of emissions! That’s on par with the steel sector.

    It's a complex topic and one that is so confusing. Thankfully Gordon and his co-founder Sandra Capponi started Good on You, the #1 sustainability ratings platform for fashion brands. It independently rates brands and gives you an easy to understand overview of their supply chain sustainability and ethics. 

    In this episode we cover: 
    The challenges of the fashion industry to decarbonise
    Top tips for ensuring your fashion habits are more sustainable: hint - it’s just buying what you need
    Why Sydney’s love of linen might make it a more sustainable city than Melbourne 
    Whether or not sustainable fashion is a class issue
    New types of emerging materials: like leather that’s made from mushrooms! 

    This a topic we want to learn more about so if you know any amazing brands doing great things send us an email at hello@apositiveclimate.com

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    Some more reading if you’re interested in the topic
    This Vogue article outlines some of the awesome companies doing work in leather alternatives. 
    The 5 R’s of Fashion: Reduce, Rewear, Recycle, Repair and Resell
    Good on You "Made From" article series also touches on alternative sustainable fabrics. 
    What to do about microfibres in your clothing. 
    Also, you might want to check out some other great sustainable fashion podcasts including The Wardrobe Crisis with Clare Press and the Sustainable Fashion Forum.

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    If you enjoy the show, subscribe! You can also follow us: on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn or say hi at hello@apositiveclimate.com

    Music by the late, great Nick Weaver

    Production by our hero Mark Spencer from Here.Media

    Socials by the legend Rebecca Sather Jenkins

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    About the podcast

    Climate change is the greatest challenge facing humanity. The consequences are so dire that the media usually focuses on the negative and many of us have no idea where to begin.

    To flip the script, clean energy experts Alex McIntosh and Nick Zeltzer host A Positive Climate, an uplifting podcast focused on ways to tackle climate change.

    If you want to be inspired by interviews with some of Australia’s most innovative people, if you want to learn a lot (and laugh a little) and if you want a way to leave your climate related existential crises at bay, this podcast is for you.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 43 min
    How will Amazon get to net zero emissions?

    How will Amazon get to net zero emissions?

    Charley Daitch from Amazon Web Services (AWS) joins us to talk about the work he’s doing in renewable energy and how Amazon will get to net zero emissions by 2040. 

    Amazon is one of the world’s largest and best known brands. Their operations are both everywhere and nowhere at the same time. You see the website, the streaming service, the Kindles and the packages but what you don’t see are the logistics warehouses, their share of global shipping and their hosting of the web on AWS.

    It is a sprawling business with as many employees as the city of Adelaide. And for a business that big it begs the question: how on earth are they going to decarbonise?

    We thought it was a fascinating question to ponder in the week of COP26 as many countries were committing to net zero targets. 

    Charley Daitch leads AWS’s Energy team and we spoke to him about a number of topics:
    How Amazon thinks about the climate challenge as a business
    Their shift to being the largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy in the world
    Their involvement in the Climate Pledge: an initiative that has galvanised over 200 corporates (responsible for almost 6% of global emissions) to reach Net Zero by 2040 
    Their investment in Rivian - an extremely awesome electric vehicle business. We want one (or at least we want one of their staff on the podcast, call us!)   
    Their efforts across aviation, transport, cardboard boxes, data centres and especially, Charley’s area of expertise, energy 

    We think there are really positive signs of leadership but challenges ahead as there will be for all countries in reaching net zero. While Amazon’s carbon emission intensity (i.e. emissions per dollar of revenue) was down 16% last year its total emissions were still up 19% due to increased sales volume. The struggle of a booming business! 

    You can read all about their stats and strategies here. 

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    Some more reading if you’re interested in the topic
    The Amazon Climate Fund’s recent investment in ZeroAvia, a zero emission aviation business 

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    If you enjoy the show, subscribe! You can also follow us: on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn or say hi at hello@apositiveclimate.com

    Music by the late, great Nick Weaver

    Production by our hero Mark Spencer from Here.Media

    Socials by the legend Rebecca Sather Jenkins

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    About the podcast

    Climate change is the greatest challenge facing humanity. The consequences are so dire that the media usually focuses on the negative and many of us have no idea where to begin.

    To flip the script, clean energy experts Alex McIntosh and Nick Zeltzer host A Positive Climate, an uplifting podcast focused on ways to tackle climate change.

    If you want to be inspired by interviews with some of Australia’s most innovative people, if you want to learn a lot (and laugh a little) and if you want a way to leave your climate related existential crises at bay, this podcast is for you.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 41 min
    Sea Forest's seaweed to stop cows burping

    Sea Forest's seaweed to stop cows burping

    Today’s episode with Sam Elsom from Sea Forest continues our discussion on sustainable protein - can we have our steak and eat it too? 

    We all know that our obsession with meat is not sustainable. The livestock sector accounts for around 15% of all emissions and in Australia alone we eat 120kg of meat per person per annum (the equivalent of eating Dwayne the Rock Johnson in steaks and sausages)! 

    So far we’ve discussed plant based meat with Nick Hazell from V2Foods and cultured meat with the co-founders of Vow but what about carbon neutral steaks? 

    Sam Elsom from Sea Forest grows a unique type of seaweed called asparagopsis. It’s native to Australia and an Australian researcher, Professor Rocky De Nys discovered that when you feed it to ruminants (i.e. cows, sheep and even giraffes!) it eliminates the methane they emit when burping. 

    In this episode we cover: 
    How we discovered that seaweed can actually stop cows burping
    How the seaweed supplement is fed to the cows, do they like it and does it have any impacts on their health? 
    How asparagopsis could result in a carbon neutral steak future
    Why Sam went from working in fashion for some leading brands to now running a seaweed business in beautiful Tasmania, Australia 

    Sam is super passionate about this sector and rightly so - if just 10% of the world’s livestock producers adopted the technology we’ll be talking about today, that would be like taking 100 million cars off the road. 

    If you enjoy the show, subscribe! You can also follow us: on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn or say hi at hello@apositiveclimate.com

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    Music by the late, great Nick Weaver

    Production by our hero Mark Spencer from Here.Media

    Socials by the legend Rebecca Sather Jenkins

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    If you’re interested in the topic
    If you loved this episode check out our previous episodes with plant based meat company V2Foods and cultured meat company Vow

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    About the podcast

    Climate change is the greatest challenge facing humanity. The consequences are so dire that the media usually focuses on the negative and many of us have no idea where to begin.

    To flip the script, clean tech experts Alex McIntosh and Nick Zeltzer host A Positive Climate, an uplifting podcast focused on ways to tackle climate change.

    If you want to be inspired by interviews with some of Australia’s most innovative people, if you want to learn a lot (and laugh a little) and if you want a way to leave your climate related existential crises at bay, this podcast is for you.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 33 min

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