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Mission Shunya

24 EpisodesProduced by Girish Shivakumar Website

Mission Shunya is all about the transition to a zero carbon economy. The podcast features conversations related to clean-tech and sustainability. A new podcast episode is released every fortnight. Experts from around the world are featured along with people whose businesses and actions are having a … read more

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24: Inspirational heroes, motivational stories and how it helps us to move forward: A special tribute

February 17th, 2020

Episode 24 is a tribute to the late basketball legend Kobe Bryant and all the people like him, heroes who inspire us every day. On this episode Girish Shivakumar brings to you guest stories from the podcast whose work …

23: Sustainable Clothing: Turning plastic into wearable fabric

February 3rd, 2020

Did you know manufacturing a cotton t-shirt consumes around 2700L of water in the process? 
On this episode, Kathir, co-founder of ecohike, a sustainable clothing company from India joins Girish Shivakumar to share his …

22: Waste Management - A success story from Bengaluru

January 20th, 2020

On this week's episode Padmashree Balaram joins Girish Shivakumar to share the success story of building a waste to energy plant right in the heart of Bengaluru city in India. You can contact Padmashree at

21: 2010s in review and the predictions for the decade ahead

January 6th, 2020

The first episode of the new year and the new decade is here!
Girish Shivakumar reviews the decade gone by and predicts the stories and trends that will shape the decade ahead. The transition to a zero carbon economy …

20: Amazon Rainforest Wildfires: How does it affect us?

December 23rd, 2019

On this episode Tony Juniper, a campaigner, writer, sustainability advisor and leading British environmentalist joins Girish Shivakumar to talk about the importance of tropical rainforests and the impact of amazon …

19: The Evolution of Pay-As-You-Go Solar

December 9th, 2019

Pay-As-You-Go Solar has revolutionised the way people get access to electricity in Africa. The emergence of new technology coupled with declining …

18: What it takes to live an eco-friendly lifestyle?

November 25th, 2019

Neel Mathews shares his passionate story of building a house that is water and energy positive and also how he helps others achieve the same on this episode with Girish Shivakumar.

More about Neel’s work and contact …

17: Clean air as a service to control indoor air pollution

November 4th, 2019

The Indian capital of Delhi and most of the regions in North India continue to choke post the monsoon season and it has peaked after Diwali. The …

16: Air pollution in megacities: A case study of Delhi

October 21st, 2019

Globally air pollution accounts for 7 million annual deaths according to the WHO. In India alone, air pollution causes over a million deaths …

15: Meet the new Meat : Part 2

October 7th, 2019

In recent months, the lawmakers in the US have been tough on the meat alternatives industry especially in the way how products are labelled and marketed. So how are US start-ups bracing up for a face-off with the …

14: Meet the new Meat : Part 1

September 23rd, 2019

The meat industry accounts for about 15% of the total annual greenhouse gas emissions and the growth in global meat consumption will increase by 15% by 2027. On the first of two part series on meat alternatives Laura …

13: Introducing ‘The Sustainability Mafia’

September 9th, 2019

Want to meet the lobbyists for your grandchildren? Meet ‘The Sustainability Mafia’. Started in 2018 by Ganesh Shankar this ‘Gang’ aims to bring together people in the sustainability space from around the world. Girish …

12: Will we run out of Lithium to make batteries for Electric Vehicles (EV)?

August 26th, 2019

Will we run short of Lithium to make batteries for Electric Vehicles (EV)? Not really! Listen to Teague Egan, CEO of EnergyX share his views on this interesting topic with Girish Shivakumar.

About EnergyX: Energy …

11: The Solar Man’s ‘Gandhi Global Solar Yatra’

August 12th, 2019

Dr Chetan Singh Solanki joins Girish Shivakumar to share his latest solar endeavour, the ‘Gandhi Global Solar Yatra’, commemorating 150th birth …

10: E-Waste Exchange: A convenient way to dispose your electronic gadgets

July 29th, 2019

Wondering what to do with your electronic waste? Dr Shalini Sharma shares her story of building a convenient platform to dispose electronic waste with Girish Shivakumar on this epsiode. 

E-Waste Exchange aims to …

9: Endurance drive in an electric car: Bengaluru to Chennai and beyond

July 15th, 2019

Syed Mubasheer joins Girish Shivakumar to share his experience of covering 467kms in an electric car on a single charge. In 2017, Syed, an Electric Vehicle (EV) enthusiast undertook an endurance drive by redesigning his …

8: Rimagined: Creating value from waste by Upcycling

July 1st, 2019

Shailaja Rangarajan joins Girish Shivakumar to share her story of creating one of India's first upcycling company, Rimagined.

If you liked the episode subscribe to it on your favourite platform. Give it a rating and …

7: 3 Simple Steps to Make your Home Eco-Friendly

June 17th, 2019

If you have asked, “How can I make my home eco-friendly?” this is the episode for you. Girish Shivakumar shares three simple steps that you can take to ensure your home is eco-friendly. 

Step 1: Better water use and …

6: How to ‘Do Better with Less’: A conversation with Jaideep Prabhu

June 3rd, 2019

Jaideep Prabhu who has co-authored international best sellers like ‘Jugaad Innovation’ and ‘Frugal Innovation’ has released his recent work, ‘Do Better with Less: Frugal Innovation for Sustainable Growth’. On this …

5: Ola’s Nagpur EV project, electric mobility plan and more

May 20th, 2019

Ola rolled out India’s first city wide Electric Vehicle (EV) pilot in 2017. 2 years later a report was released by Ola Mobility Institute analysing …

4: A step by step guide to setting up a residential rooftop solar power plant

May 6th, 2019

The cost of solar power generation has decreased significantly over and the government regulations worldwide are promoting residential solar power …

3: Why efficient Air Conditioners are good for you and the power utility in the summer season?

April 21st, 2019

Cooling loads account for nearly 50% of the power demand in a major metropolitan city. Why should you care and why is it related to the power outage …

2: Elections 2019: Who has a better agenda for clean-tech development, Congress or the BJP?

April 18th, 2019


Summarising the clean-tech agenda of both the Congress and the BJP prior to the 2019 elections on this episode of the Mission Shunya podcast.

1: Mission Shunya: Podcast Introduction

April 17th, 2019


The launch episode of Mission Shunya provides an introduction to the podcast and what to expect as we embark on an transition to a zero carbon economy.

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