Episode 32: Live with Lisa Jackson, Jerry Brown and more
It sounds wonky, but this week's seventh annual Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) in San Francisco ranked among the most star-studded gatherings of environmentally minded leaders since the Paris climate talks in December.
California Gov. Jerry Brown played hosted to national figures such as Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and a delegation of global ministers, plus business luminaries including Apple environmental chief Lisa Jackson.
Looking to get up to speed? You're in luck; this week's GreenBiz 350 podcast on all things sustainable business was taped on-site at CEM7, bringing you highlights of the biggest speakers from the event. (You can also catch the archived video of our event livestream here.)
Finally, follow along with the stories, companies and initiatives mentioned during the show with the guide below:
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Details on the newest corporate clean energy collective
Sure, you've probably heard of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA), the Renewable Energy Buyer's Principles, Business Renewables Center and the Renewable Energy 100 (RE100), but this week's CEM7 proceedings also ushered in a new corporate clean energy collective.
This week, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) launched the Corporate Sourcing of Renewables Campaign amid the rush toward public-private renewables groups, as Director General Adnan Amin detailed in San Francisco.
Drones, e-scooters and mini power plants, oh my!
In the category of clean energy innovation, sectors from building to energy to transportation are in the crosshairs of entrepreneurs adapting quickly to the unique urgency of climate change. All of that work was on display this week at a clean tech showcase run alongside CEM7.
As Danny Kennedy, Sungevity founder and California Clean Energy Fund managing director explains, the innovation on display ranged from solar-powered drones to two-wheeled electric vehicles designed for urban environments.
An in-depth look at two stories changing the game for green business. Tune it around 15:30 and 21:50 to hear this week's features.
Where are we now?
The Paris climate agreement is official, states and cities around the world are setting increasingly ambitious emissions goals and businesses across industries are buying into clean energy.
The problem: It's not enough to match the urgency of the global risks posed by climate change. California Gov. Jerry Brown and U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz explained why — and what it will take to respond.
Given that fossil fuels still benefit from massive global subisidies, what can be done to level the playing field, or even more directly incentivize, a transition to clean energy?
Apple Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson weighs in, along with billionaire clean energy backer Tom Steyer, former Secretary of State George Schultz and University of California President Janet Napolitano.
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News, events, webcasts — the list goes on. Keep your finger on the pulse of the latest in sustainability by keeping up with GreenBiz.
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