Episode 248: Mastercard CSO, parsing plastics policy, Paris Agreement at 5

Energy

Week in Review

Stories discussed this week (5:30).

Features

What will Biden mean for the circular economy? (18:20) 

Don’t expect the incoming administration to use that nomenclature, but plastics pollution and recycling are far more likely to get national attention. Associate Editor Deonna Anderson chats with GreenBiz’s senior analyst for circular economy issues, Lauren Phipps.

How Mastercard is helping spenders restore trees (26:45) 

Big brands are leaning into growing consumer interest in supporting products and services that do “better” for the planet. Kristina Kloberdanz, senior vice president and chief sustainability officer of Mastercard, discusses the recent expansion of the Priceless Planet Coalition — which aspires to restore 100 million trees. 

Happy 5th anniversary, Paris Agreement (39:25) 

Maria Mendiluce, CEO of the We Mean Business Coalition, chats about signs of progress, the power of alliances and how companies can improve disclosure without engaging in greenwashing. 

Climate change and healthcare (53:45) 

What’s the emissions profile of the powerful healthcare sector? Can we create a circular supply chain for supplies? How should training evolve? Alan Weil, editor-in-chief of Health Affairs, visits with perspective from the journal’s recent report on these issues. 

*Music in this episode by Lee Rosevere: “Curiosity,” “Keeping Stuff Together,” “Southside,” “Night Caves” “New Day,” “Sad Marimba Planet” and “As I Was Saying”

*This episode was sponsored by Salesforce and WestRock

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