Welcome to the COP Transformers Podcast Series

We explore how to do things better and faster in order to overcome the climate crisis and be on track to deliver 1.5°C.

The COP-TRANSFORMERS Podcast is brought to you by the United Nations Science-Policy-Business Forum on the Environment (UN-SPBF), and partners.

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Episode 09 - The Renewable Energy Crisis: How the Geo-politics Are setting Us Back & Way Forward

Rana Adib, Head of the world’s top multi-stakeholder expert platform on energy (REN21) explains how to overcome renewable markets stagnation and the problem with the geo-politics of energy today

Episode 08 - Consumer Data and Digital Climate Responsibility in the World’s Most Populous Market

Prof. Li Zhang, Director of the Green Inclusive Carbon Neutrality Promotion Center presents a new Chinese initiative tracks consumer data to reward sustainable behaviour and keep track of how green markets are.

Episode 07 - A new leash of life for the Amazon and the World

Izabella Teixeira, eminent sustainability trailblazer, credited for the restoration of the Amazon forest during her time as Minister of Environment of Brazil and for hosting Rio+20 —currently co-chair of the International Resources Panel — articulates Brazil’s renewed commitment to play a leading role in global environmental action and determination to revive the restoration of the Amazon.

Episode 06 - Industry Perspective: Towards a New Solar Energy Revolution

She (Dennis) Haifeng, Senior Vice-President of LONGi, the market leader in solar technology explains how the current energy crisis offers new opportunities for the growth of renewable energy markets, especially in developing countries.

Episode 05 - Beyond Cheques and Balances

Andrea Fuder, Executive Vice President and Chief Purchasing Officer of Volvo Group explains why a commitment to sustainability goes beyond the traditional cheques and balances and how far she’s willing to take risk for good.

Episode 04 – Egypt: Designing and Financing a National Climate Agenda

Egypt’s Minister of International Cooperation, H.E. Rania Al-Mashat, talks in-depth about NWFE, Egypt’s platform for accelerating the national climate agenda. The platform which focuses on the nexus between water, food and energy has been awarded the first place by the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) among North African and European countries on nature and climate investment initiatives.

Episode 03 - Breaking More Boundaries

Johan Rockström questions if it is still worth it to have more COP meetings and explains why we need more accountability and how COPs need to transform to deliver.

Episode 02 - A Promise Pledged is not a Promise Delivered

President Masisi of Botswana speaks candidly about why we do not need new climate initiatives; asks "Where is the money pledged but never delivered?" and says his country is "open for green business".

Episode 01 - Empowering Africa: Role of Tech & Finance

Against a backdrop of pandemics, war, and global economic slow-down, the African continent will play host to CoP27 in Sharm El sheikh, just weeks following the UN General Assembly. On the road to Sharm El Sheikh, and despite rising global challenges the African continent is making headway in designing ambitious and innovative initiatives to overcome the worst impact of climate change.