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Mission Shunya

64 EpisodesProduced by Girish Shivakumar Website

Mission Shunya (Shunya=Zero) 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… read more

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64: Sustainability champions ft. Vikas Brahmavar of Trans Water System

September 12th, 2021

Did you know that water that is treated well can be reused?

Water treatment as a service is now available where you pay for every litre of water reused from treatment. What's more, it also meets your requirements in …

63: All about Mobility as a Service (MaaS) ft. Sampo Hietanen, MaaS Global

August 29th, 2021

What is Mobility as a Service (MaaS) all about?

How can MaaS help cities reduce car ownership?

What are the emerging global trends around MaaS? Can we combine housing rents with mobility subscription?

All your …

62: Energy transitions, electricity deregulation and empowering consumers in the US ft. Jesson Bradshaw, Energy Ogre

August 15th, 2021

How has deregulation of electricity markets given more power to the consumers? 

How can technology help developing countries leapfrog in the …

61: Refreezing the arctic and other climate actions backed by scientific research ft. Dr Shaun Fitzgerald, Centre for Climate Repair at Cambridge

August 1st, 2021

Is refreezing the arctic a viable climate action? What are the pathways for deep and rapid emissions reductions? What are the nature based solutions …

60: Enabling Climate Action ft.Tristan Foerster, ClimatePartner

July 18th, 2021

How did Greta Thunberg inspire climate action around the world? How did a company that started off as a provider of carbon footprint assessments grow into a MNC that is offering businesses an end-end transparent climate …

59: Buildings as carbon sinks ft. Petri Laakso, Soletair Power

July 4th, 2021

Can buildings be turned into carbon sinks? What are the best use cases of carbon capture? All this and more covered on this episode featuring …

58: Sustainable Plastics – ft. Gabriel Thoumi, Planet Tracker

June 20th, 2021

How are companies manufacturing plastics undergoing a sustainability transformation? 

What do we know about the plastics industry and what should …

57: Enabling the transition to electric mobility – What’s holding us back? ft. Awadhesh Kumar Jha

June 6th, 2021

What’s holding us back from adopting electric mobility in a big way? When can India see an increased uptake of EVs? How did the Nordic region get …

56: IEA’s report on how to transition to a net zero energy system by 2050

May 23rd, 2021

International Energy Agency released a landmark report, ‘Net Zero by 2050: a Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector’ this past week. The net zero roadmap is aimed to be a “how to guide” for the world’s decision makers to …

55: Best Practices Guide: How to get started with Rainwater Harvesting

May 9th, 2021

What is Rainwater Harvesting? Why is it essential for megacities and how can you get one done? All your questions answered on this episode. 

Bengaluru in India is a water stressed city but there are innovative …

54: Net-Zero Transition: The what why and how to get there

April 25th, 2021


Everyone is talking about Net-Zero transitions, why is it important, why should you be involved and how can you be involved? All questions answered …

53: Trapping emissions ft. Aker Carbon Capture

April 11th, 2021

What is Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS)? How does it work? Is direct air capture an efficient solution? All your questions on CCUS …

52: Delivering sustainability in the materials value chain ft. Umicore

March 28th, 2021

Will we run out of Lithium for EV batteries? Is Cobalt ethically sourced? How much of metals can we extract through recycling? All your questions on the sustainability of material extraction, global supply chains and …

51: How sustainable is urban farming? ft. Shalini Patwal

March 14th, 2021

Is urban farming really sustainable? Is it the same throughout the world? Why should look at it holistically? 

Shalini Patwal, an infrastructure …

50: Building a career in cleantech ft. Rajesh Bhat

February 21st, 2021

Do you want to know what it takes to build a career in cleantech? What should you consider if you are planning to turn an entrepreneur?

On this …

49: An upcycling story ft. Help Us Green

February 8th, 2021

Help Us Green has pioneered the art of converting flower waste into a useful product recreating the fragrance as it upcycles the waste or called …

48: UK’s 10 point plan for a green industrial revolution ft. Dr David Reiner

January 25th, 2021

UK set the ball rolling for countries to commit to a transition towards a zero carbon economy. Recently UK announced the 10 point plan for a green …

47: How does climate change impact renewable energy generation?

January 4th, 2021

How does climate change impact renewable energy generation? New evidence on how marine temperature rise and the unseasonal cyclonic events caused the variance in wind generation is here. On an average there was 5-11% …

46: Converting waste to bio CNG and fertilizer ft. Carbon Masters

December 21st, 2020

Kevin Houston , co-founder of Carbon Masters joins Girish Shivakumar on this episode to share his entrepreneurial journey. The product, Carbonlites is India's very first compressed biogas brand and it is used for …

45: Enabling businesses and individuals go carbon neutral ft.

December 7th, 2020

How can you reach your net zero goals if you can’t directly invest in a project? enables businesses and individuals go carbon neutral.  Brian McFarland, Senior Vice President of Carbon Offset Projects …

44: Building and scaling up an energy analytics platform to support grid integration of Renewable Energy ft. REConnect Energy

November 23rd, 2020

Vishal Pandya, co-founder of REConnect Energy, an entrepreneur who has built India’s leading energy analytics platform joins Girish Shivakumar to share the REConnect story. It’s a very a candid and engaging conversation …

43: Delivering sustainability projects in the developing world ft. Ecoforge

November 9th, 2020

On this episode Girish Shivakumar is joined by Sagar Gubbi, Managing Partner at Ecoforge Advisors, who shares the story of Ecoforge and how they are …

42: Solubag – Water soluble bags as an alternative to common plastic

October 26th, 2020

“We want to eliminate single-use plastic bags” reads a statement on the website of Solubag, a company based out of Chile. 

Roberto Astete, …

41: FSC and Sustainable Forestry

October 12th, 2020

What are the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certifications all about? Is a planned, managed forest area really sustainable? Can the status quo be changed? 
On this podcast episode Amar Deshpande (aka Amar Vyas), …

40: Decarbonisation Futures – Australia’s road to net zero emissions

September 28th, 2020

Discussing the global transition to net zero emissions is one of the themes of Mission Shunya (Shunya =Zero). Recently, ClimateWorks Australia, published the Decarbonisation Futures study that outlined the trajectory …

39: Carbon Initiative Forum – Climate Change Awareness at Grassroots Level

September 14th, 2020

Carbon Initiative Forum (CIF) aims to create climate change awareness at grassroots level. Why is it important? How do they go about doing it? How …

38: Conversation on Zero Toxicity, Corporate Climate Actions, EU Green Deal & more

August 31st, 2020

In the last few years we have come across commitments from a range of global corporations committing to going 100% RE, reducing their emissions to net zero or in fact turning to net positive. What are the targets based …

37: Creating environmental awareness among children using behavioural economics & play based learning

August 17th, 2020

How can behavioural economics and nudge be used to create awareness on environmental issues among children?

Amishi Parasrampuria from Upcycler’s lab joins Girish Shivakumar to share the story of how products and …

36: The Energy Talk - Energy & Sustainability in India

August 3rd, 2020

Olubunmi Olajide, the host of The Energy Talk podcast joins Girish Shivakumar to share his interest and work around telling stories from the global energy transition. Olubunmi featured the work of Mission Shunya earlier …

35: SDG 6: Access to clean water ft. WaterScope

July 20th, 2020

1 in 10 people in the world don’t have access to clean water. The UN declared access to clean water and sanitation as a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 6) in 2015. WaterScope has developed an inexpensive, rapid water …

34: Renewable Energy as a Service for Industries

July 6th, 2020

Renewable Energy (RE) procurement has moved on from being a corporate goal driven procurement for industries to cost-economics driven decision. How …

33: Regenerative Thinking - Going beyond Sustainability

June 22nd, 2020

The most common definition of Sustainability is to have low / zero impact which is simply not enough for civilization to course correct. Regenerative, on the other hand means to be of positive impact through our …

32: Absolute Zero: How will UK achieve net-zero emissions?

June 8th, 2020

When UK announced its intent to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, it became the first major country to make the net zero commitment. On this episode, we will listen to the work done by UK Fires, a research group …

31: Improved air quality in India during COVID-19 lockdown and how to sustain the clean air movement

May 25th, 2020

So, during the COVID-19 lockdown, did you breathe some fresh air? If you live close to a river, maybe you saw a cleaner version of it. Or you may have also spotted some distant object, maybe even a mountain. India was …

30: Sustaining the cleantech momentum in the post-COVID-19 era

May 11th, 2020

The growth story of the global cleantech movement over the last few years has been phenomenal. But, COVID-19 has definitely thrown in a lot of …

29: Impact of COVID-19 on Small Scale Solar Rooftop Market

April 27th, 2020

In recent months COVID-19 has definitely had an impact on the global economy. This is the first episode of the series where the discussions will be around how COVID-19 will impact the global transition to the zero …

28: Water Conservation: How technology enables us to get better at it?

April 13th, 2020

The theme of this episode is water conservation. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is one of the focus areas as we transition to a zero carbon economy & access to clean water is a key SDG. Water purification …

27: Creating an urban forest – the story of ‘Say Trees’

March 30th, 2020

What made a software engineer get so passionate about planting trees on weekends? How did he then scale it up to create urban forests and more such projects? Listen to Kapil Sharma, founder of Say Trees share his story …

26: Litter-free Lalbagh - featuring Saahas

March 16th, 2020

Lalbagh is a botanical garden in the Indian city of Bengaluru. The two flower shows during the year see a footfall of around 600k each. In the last year the waste generation during the event was reduced to half. How it …

25: Energy storage thought leadership featuring Dr Rahul Walawalkar

March 2nd, 2020

Dr Rahul Walawalkar is an industry veteran and has been at the forefront of the energy technology transition and has a particular affinity towards …

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 …

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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