Dec. 7, 2021

Award season highlights climate solutions

Award season highlights climate solutions

Our guest in The Sustainable Hour no 392 on 8 December 2021 is Alan Taylor, a climate coach for the international health care company BUPA.

The Sustainable Hour no 392

In October, Alan Taylor, a climate coach for the international health care company BUPA, told us about an in-house sustainability competition that he had been engaged to coach the Aussie teams. He then committed to coming back on the show to let us know how it all went.

Today is that day. Alan is back speaking very enthusiastically about what this competition threw up. We learn how BUPA staff who were involved in sustainability startups were given some financial incentives to help them out. An Aussie team ended up doing well. They came equal second in a very high quality field. The judges were so impressed that they were awarded $185,000 to progress their work. We’ll get Alan back again next year to update us on how BUPA’s 2022 Global Eco-Disruption Competition pans out.

For those who want to know more about the competition and BUPA’s work in this space, here are links to the Overall Program Wrap-Up, the Australian Country Final outcomes, and to the winners: Circoolar from Spain, Airseed from Australia and Upcycled Medical from the United Kingdom.

We start today’s show with discussions based on clips focusing on good news from both the City of Greater Geelong Council and the Australian Labor Party. Contrary to the narrative of the Liberal-national government over the last decade, Labor finally broke the news to the Australian people that renewables will give them cheaper, not more expensive, electricity. And Geelong can now call itself Victoria’s Sustainable City of the Year.

New figures reveal record wind and solar output, and record-low output from fossil fuel generators across the September quarter. As a result, electricity prices are falling in South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria – where solar and wind resources are abundant – but rising in coal-reliant New South Wales and Queensland.

Mik Aidt then reports on a twitter post which really exposes the reality of the world wide amount of money that is devoted to subsidies for fossil fuel companies. Air pollution, caused by the burning of oil,