Episode 140: The early action at GCAS, new RE100 commitments, Salesforce's big shindig

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Episode 140: The early action at GCAS, new RE100 commitments, Salesforce's big shindig

On the scene at GCAS

We start with a discussion about the big themes dominating the mammoth Global Climate Action Summit this week in San Francisco. While the event was timed too late for full coverage in this podcast, here is some of our team's early coverage. And be sure to stay tuned into this episode for Joel's report for some big news about the Center for Carbon Removal, now known as Carbon180.

  1. The big commitments, campaigns and collaborations at GCAS
  2. Here's new research attendees are debating at the Global Climate Action Summit
  3. Electric buses and trucks play a leading role at GCAS

Featured Stories

Pondering plastics (11:56)

Have you read Joel's two-part series, which ran this week: Inside the global war on plastic pollution and What will it take to end plastic pollution? We chat about the trouble with sachets (those tiny multi-material packages that have become a big issue in emerging economies) and leadership from companies such as Unilever.

The RE100 movement is going strong and growing stronger (23:35)

Can you believe the RE100 initiative is four years old? We chat with Sam Kimmins, head of RE100 for the Climate Group, about progress and the creative strategies that companies are using to achieve their 100 percent renewable electricity targets. 

Salesforce spreads the climate action gospel (35:42)

The annual Dreamforce event hosted by cloud software giant Salesforce.com is billed as the largest technology conference in the world. This year’s gathering is Sept. 25-28. The company has infused sustainability into the event logistics for several years, with waste reduction and water conservation initiatives. This year, it’s dedicating an entire afternoon to its first Climate Summit. Sunya Ojure, sustainability director at Salesforce, chats about what's on the agenda.

It's time to rethink the value of carbon (44:10)

The Center for Carbon Removal has a new name, Carbon180, and a new mission: raising visibility for the value of carbon sequestration. Some perspective on what that means for businesses and other climate activists from the organization's co-founder and executive director, Noah Deich.

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