Striking at the root, with Simon Holmes à Court - 100% Renewables

Episode #17 - Recorded on May 18, 2023

Striking at the root, with Simon Holmes à Court

“One of the most impactful things we can do if you’re passionate about climate change is to support politics. It’s striking at the root of what needs to be done to make sure that the people who are working on the policies are going to drive this transformation. If we don’t have the right people working at the root in favour of this, then we can all be wasting so much of our time.”

 In this podcast episode, we speak with Simon Holmes à Court, an entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist who founded Climate 200, which is an initiative aimed at empowering communities to nurture their own political candidates and effect change on climate issues.

We talk about Australia’s lost decade on climate action, and Simon’s book “The Big Teal’ which was published in 2022. We also dive deep into the role of politics in supporting businesses in their transition to net zero and how business can support politics.

In this episode, find out:

About Simon Holmes a Court

Simon Holmes à Court was born into one of Australia’s most prominent families, but for many years, he kept his passions out of the public eye. This changed when he attended a community group meeting in central Victoria in May 2007, which led him to play a leading role in developing Australia’s first community-owned wind farm group, the award-winning Hepburn Community Wind Park. This experience propelled Simon into the intersection of politics, community activism, and climate action, where he has been ever since.

Over the years, Simon has worked in various roles, including as an energy analyst, clean tech investor, climate philanthropist, and director of the Smart Energy Council and the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network. He has co-founded the Australian Wind Alliance, was the inaugural chair of the Melbourne Energy Institute’s Advisory Board, and is often sought-after as a commentator on the economic and political aspects of Australia’s energy transition.

In 2019, Simon founded Climate 200, an initiative aimed at empowering communities to nurture their own political candidates and effect change on climate issues. The initiative played a significant role in shaking things up during the 2022 federal election, establishing Simon as a major force in Australian politics. In 2022, Simon’s book ‘The Big Teal’ was published.

Meet the host

Barbara Albert is the Co-CEO of 100% Renewables. She is passionate about business and works to make organisations’ transition to net-zero emissions simpler and profitable. Barbara is the award-winning author of ‘Energy Unlimited – Four Steps to 100% Renewable Energy‘, one of the world’s most important books on renewable energy, as ranked by peers and experts in the industry

About 100% Renewables:

100% Renewables is a national consultancy specialising in the development of Net Zero, carbon neutral and climate positive strategies. We work with large energy-using businesses and government organisations with ambitious climate action goals.

In addition to delivering Net Zero strategies and helping our clients achieve carbon neutrality under Climate Active, our other services are:

We are a leader in sustainability communication through our training courses, our “Driving Net Profit with Zero Emissions” podcast and videos, and through our blog posts and monthly newsletters.

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