Eco Money with Rachel Kelly
Rachel Kelly presents a sustainable finance 101 to provide listeners with a better insight and understanding of green finance products on the market and why they are relevant. Eco Money looks at the performance of ESG funds, listing regulations, global regulations for funds and corporates, as well as loans, bonds etc.
17 Nov, 2023
National climate action plans remain insufficient to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius and meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. That's according to the latest report from the UN. Even with increased efforts by some countries, the report shows much more action is needed now to bend the world’s emissions trajectory further downward and avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Timely that in the same week - KPMG released its 2023 Net Zero Readiness Report. The report highlighted that Governments and industry must deliver transformative change on net zero but are currently hamstrung by significant barriers, including global public debt, domestic tensions, increased opposition to decarbonization plans, and the need to guarantee energy supply. Rachel Kelly speaks with Sharad Somani, Head of Infrastructure for KPMG Asia Pacific and Head of KPMG ESG at KPMG in Singapore.
08 Nov, 2023
Global CCUS uptake needs to expand 120 times from current levels by 2050, rising to at least 4.2 gigatons per annum of CO2 captured, for countries to achieve their net-zero commitments. That's according to a McKinsey report. At the Asia Clean Energy Summit organised by the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore, we heard highlights from industry on transformation in this area and what more needs to be done. This podcast includes comments from: Singhi Mahendra, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Dalmia Cement, Paul Kennedy, VP of International Business Development, Carbon Engineering Fadhl Zayed Fadhl Ahmed, (Acting) Manager Strategic Partnerships, Emirates Steel Arkan Prabhat Agrawal, Senior Advisor at GaffneyCline
01 Nov, 2023
Would it surprise you to know that the number of instances of greenwashing by banks and financial services companies around the world rose by 70% in the past 12 months. Are all of these instances intentional? OR are companies getting caught up in eco jargon? What is greenwashing anyway? And what role does the media play in tackling the issue. This was the topic of a recent panel discussion organised by the Singapore Press Club titled “Cutting Through the Greenwashing”. I sat on the panel and was joined by Esther An, CSO, CDL, Anil Changaroth, Partner at RHT Law, Quentin Fouesnant, Managing Director Zuno Carbon, Robin Hicks, Associate Editor, Eco Business and Jasmine Tuan, Co-founder of Cloop
31 Oct, 2023
Developing countries face an investment gap of $2 trillion annually for the energy transition, out of a $4 trillion annual funding gap for the Sustainable Development Goals. That’s according to the United Nations. Earlier this year it called for urgent support to developing countries to enable them to attract significantly more investment for their transition to clean energy. But barriers remain, policy, politics, and perhaps technology. So how do we bridge this financing gap? Rachel Kelly speaks to Kelvin Wong, Managing Director and Deputy Head of Energy, Renewables and Infrastructure, DBS to find out.
04 Oct, 2023
Over 60 percent of US companies expect ESG backlash to continue or increase over the next two years. That’s according to a recent report by The Conference Board. As anti-ESG backlash and confusion around ratings muddies the waters - how can corporates best navigate? Rachel Kelly speaks to Tim Mohin, a global Partner and Director with Boston Consulting Group or B-C-G. He is the former CEO of carbon accounting startup Persefoni, and former CEO of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the world’s largest sustainability reporting standard.
03 Oct, 2023
Ringing in a new era of hope for climate action. That is the weight that hangs above this year’s conference of parties or COP28. COP28 President-Designate, Dr Sultan Al Jaber literally did that in New York as the first COP president to ring the New York Stock Exchange bell to help raise awareness of climate finance in the US business community. Rachel Kelly has the latest in this week's Eco Money.
20 Sep, 2023
The dust has settled on this year's F1 weekend in Singapore, a massive global event that attracts spectators from across the globe. And like many large scale events it has announced energy goals, the Singapore Grand Prix has pledged to reduce 50% of their energy emissions by 2028. How will this be achieved? And what do businesses need to know about net zero events? In this week's Eco Money, Rachel Kelly speaks to Vinod Kesava, Council Member, Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS) and Co-Founder / MD & CEO, Climate Resources Exchange International to find out. SEAS will be holding a FULLY carbon neutral event in October - Asia Clean Energy Summit.
13 Sep, 2023
Blue, Grey, Pink, and even Turquoise - its the colour that counts when it comes to sustainable hydrogen. And as conversations of the gas as an eco energy alternative heat up - Rachel Kelly speaks to Dr Thomas Koller APAC Hydrogen Lead at DNV to find out what you need to know when it comes to Green Hydrogen.
10 Sep, 2023
In sunny singapore solar is an important component of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. But as we know, the sun doesn’t shine 24 hours a day, so for those looking to implement solar panels - how can they store that energy? VFlowTech is a Singapore-based long duration energy storage solutions provider manufacturing low-cost and efficient modular vanadium redox flow batteries. Sounds technical doesn’t it? Rachel Kelly speaks to Dr. Arjun Bhattarai is the Co-Founder and CTO at VFlowTech to find out more.
23 Aug, 2023
You may have heard, COP28 is taking place in Dubai this year. But what is COP, and why does it matter? Here’s an explainer and what you need to know! In this episode of Eco Money you'll hear from industry players on what they hope from this year's COP. Comments from: Anita Neville, Vice President of Corporate Communications and Sustainability Relations, Golden Agri-Resources Dale Hardcastle, Global Head of Carbon Markets and Director of Global Sustainability Innovation Center, Bain & Company Kavita Gandhi, Executive Director, Sustainable Energy Association Singapore
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