Why should industrial and commercial customers in the ASEAN region adopt micro grid solutions?
Canopy Power, the company founded by Sujay Malve, has been setting up micro grids for remote resorts in the Asia Pacific region. Customers have been benefiting from the money saved from diesel. But post pandemic, Sujay hopes that a focus on attracting sustainability conscious customers seeking a staycation would drive customer demand. New categories of customers -for example fisheries which export to Western markets — are also switching to cleaner power.
Canopy Power is in Singapore and though the pandemic has created multiple travel restrictions the Singaporean ecosystem helps attract customers, talent and finance.
What can Singapore tell us about urban sustainability?
Ken Hickson has been working in Singapore since the early 1980s. He published his first book on sustainability in 2009. In a weak moment, he would say “give up” because it is “like banging your head”. But the moment quickly passes. In this inspiring podcast, Ken, who just celebrated his 77th birthday, talks about businesses which are bringing sustainability to the built environment in Singapore. He talks of his brand new project that he is working on for the London Design Festival and why the carbon embedded in the building materials is as important as the energy consumed inside buildings.
Crowdfunding can be a powerful tool. Just don’t think of it as the next cool thing.
In my second conversation with Davinia Cogan, the Programme Manager at Energy4Impact, she provides the following three pieces of advice:
The market took a bit of a hit last year but is still in a very respectable shape
In this podcast, Davinia Cogan, who has literally written the book on crowdfunding for clean energy access talks about the different types of crowdfunding platforms and how they have reacted to covid.
In Davinia’s words her interest in crowdfunding was piqued because it was so frustrating to see companies not get funded. But she worries that some of the problems with the other types of impact investing may make its way into crowdfunding too.
This is the first part of our podcast. In the second part, we take a deeper dive into how crowdfunding can work for African entrepreneurs.
What makes rural business in climate friendly technologies so hard to build?
Nancy Wimmer should know why. Thanks to support from Good Energies Foundation she has spent a decade in Bangladesh, a country that has built rural renewable energy businesses like no other. A few highlights of what she has learnt:
Can crowdfunding make access to finance more equitable?
Gavriel Landau is certainly trying. Through Charm Impact he would like to make crowd funding accessible to teams run by entrepreneurs who have been neglected by institutional investors: local founders, women business owners. And he knows a thing or two about crowdfunding as well. Charm Impact has funded itself through an equity fund raise.
Gavriel talks about the advantages of crowdfunding. It gets you access to a group of strong advocates, a point Toby Hammond makes in a previous podcast as well. And he passes along a few tips to entrepreneurs who would like to access crowdfunding and some suggestions on how foundations should be supporting this new trend.
Learning so much about a sustainability topic that you just have to share?
In this podcast, Kiran Pereira tells me how her curiosity about a common (too common) natural product just kept her going. To write a Masters thesis, to contribute articles, to start her website and then to publish her book. If this is a dream you share too, as Kiran says, this podcast is a must listen. And do read her book and visit her site
Kiran Pereira , author of Sand Stories, talks to us about the solutions that the construction industry can adopt to prevent an environmental crisis from doing further damage.
Should the construction industry care about sand? And, if so, how?
In a carbon obsessed world of climate professionals, it is easy to forget about sand. In his excellent book describing various solutions to avoid a climate disaster, Mr. Bill Gates says “concrete is even harder (to find a carbon friendly way of making). To make it, you mix together gravel, sand, water and cement. …
What is so special about the lessons from Futurepump?
The company which started in a corner of Kenya is now selling its products across 17 countries. Last time I wrote about the company it had spent a few years testing its product in Western Kenya and customers were loving it. In this podcast Toby Hammond, the MD of Futurepump, provides tips on running a successful crowdfunding campaign that they have just completed. …
This Indian company shows that Circular Economy businesses should focus on the quality of the products and services.
Century Metal Recycling (CMR) is the largest recycler in the aluminum recycling industry in India. The company manufacturers aluminum alloys from imported scrap. Century Metal’s customers are in the automotive manufacturing sector. They supply to the automobile manufacturers such as Maruti Suzuki India Limited, Honda Cars India Limited and Honda Motorcycle. They also supply to the Tier 1 suppliers to the automobile companies like Rockman Industries Private Limited, Sunbeam Auto Private Limited and Minda Industries Limited. The company has seven manufacturing facilities…