There is still a window of opportunity. Thoughtful actions are needed.

About this series: This is the first of a three article series where we distil the voluminous IPCC special reports on Land and Ocean into specific, action-oriented and jargon-free messages

Small Island Developing Countries (SIDSs) face serious risks from…

Net zero pledges by large global corporations should help grow this market.

Balancing quality of projects with streamlined processes and transparent information is key.

Anton Root, Head of Research at Allied Crowds , a company that enables finance for the SDGs demystifies the market for us.

The market size of…

Results based financing can help create markets for quality clean technology products. How can you ensure that markets do not collapse when incentives are withdrawn?

In this podcast. Martijn Veen reflects on the long experience of SNV Energy in designing results based financing for clean energy products. There are really four important things to keep in mind:

There has to be a data driven mechanism to allocate incentives

The processes have to be clear and transparent

There needs to be some experimentation ahead to understand what will work

The incentive provider will have to work with commercial capital providers

Martijn Veen

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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.

Sujay Malve

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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.

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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:

  1. Entrepreneurs will have to do the ground work and prepare for a campaign.
  2. Incubators will have to really understand their companies and support them with fundraising .
  3. Foundations will have to to align their initiatives with what the market really needs.

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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.

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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.

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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

Sanjoy Sanyal

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