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ESG Insider is a podcast from S&P Global that takes you inside the environmental, social & governance issues shaping the business world today. In each episode, co-hosts Lindsey Hall and Esther Whieldon interview ESG experts, leveraging S&P Global data to shine a light on the sustainability opportunities and risks that business leaders and investors need to know about. Lindsey Hall is head of ESG Thought Leadership at S&P Global Sutainable1 and Esther Whieldon is a Senior Writer on the team.
 
For Season 4 we're renaming the podcast to The Space Economy. With the space economy generating close to a third of a trillion dollars globally each year and headed to being a trillion dollar economy, it's clear more focus needs to be put on what's driving the economy. We'll explore all aspects of the space economy including the trends, opportunities and challenges. Each week we'll examine some aspect of the space economy by relaying to you the stories that matter. A service of SpaceQ Media Inc.
 
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In this episode of the ESG Insider podcast, we talk to Jessica Alsford, Head of Global Sustainability Research at Morgan Stanley. In the run-up to COP26, the big United Nations climate conference taking place in Glasgow in November 2021, there has been a lot of discussion in the sustainability world about the path to net zero and the role the finan…
 
The coronavirus pandemic and a growing awareness of social risks have thrust the ‘S’ in ESG into sharper focus for many sustainability-minded companies and investors. Issuance of social bonds — debt instruments that raise money for things like affordable housing, health and education — surged nine-fold to $165 billion dollars in 2020 from the previ…
 
Over the past year and a half, we’ve seen companies, investors and regulators put a growing emphasis on the ‘S’ in ESG. But there is still a common refrain in the ESG world that social issues are nebulous or difficult to measure. In this episode of ESG Insider, we hear how one of the largest financial institutions in the U.S. is tackling the ‘S’ an…
 
In this special New York Climate Week episode of the ESG Insider podcast, we explore how the built environment – new building construction plus existing offices, apartment blocks, airports and other structures – is responsible for nearly 40% of all global carbon dioxide emissions, and what it will take to decarbonize this vast sector. In the episod…
 
Note: We previously uploaded the wrong episode. That mistake has been fixed.Welcome to the last episode of our annual Summer Season special. Today we have another Future-in-Space Operations presentation this time by Bradley Jolliff of Washington University in St. Louis on the "Motivation and Challenges for Sampling the Moon’s Giant South Pole - Ait…
 
When we talk about the technologies the world will need to tackle climate change, low-carbon hydrogen is increasingly part of the discussion. Two recent studies raise some big questions about whether some of these hydrogen technologies are as climate-friendly as proponents claim. In this episode of ESG Insider, we look at the research and developme…
 
There’s a massive gap between the amount of investment needed to make the climate transition happen and what is occurring today. In this episode of ESG Insider, we explore the role that green banks can play in plugging that funding gap. Green banks can differ in scope and approach but are generally created to leverage government funds to mobilize p…
 
In 1987 Frank White coined the term “Overview Effect” which he used to describe the "cognitive shift that results from the experience of viewing the Earth from space and in space, from orbit or on a lunar mission."In this the second episode in our annual Summer Season special we have another Future-in-Space Operations presentation from a couple of …
 
In early August, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission approved a proposal by Nasdaq to require companies listed on the New York-based exchange to disclose certain board diversity information. In this episode of ESG Insider, we explore what the rule means in practice for companies and investors. We hear from Matt Patsky, the CEO of Trillium A…
 
Welcome to the first episode of our annual Summer Season specials. We've just completed Season 4 and Season 5 is currently scheduled to start on September 27. Between now and then we'll be featuring weekly interviews or presentations from other content creators.Today we have a Future-in-Space Operations presentation from April of this year. The pre…
 
A sobering new report from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change tells corporations and governments in no uncertain terms: Act with urgency to lower emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change at a more rapid pace and bigger scale. In this episode of ESG Insider, we look at the implications of the IPCC report for investors a…
 
On this weeks episode of the Space Economy podcast my guest is Jeremy Perrin, CEO of Connektica a Montreal based startup offering a radio frequency software platform to test antennas.Sometimes being highly specialized can limit a business. However, there are times where that knowledge and skillsets can enhance a market segment. Connektica appears t…
 
Several countries will soon make it mandatory for large companies and asset managers to calculate and publicly report their climate-related risks. It’s a complex accounting challenge and many businesses aren't fully prepared. The governments of the U.K., New Zealand, Hong Kong and Switzerland, as well as the G7 group of nations, are among those bac…
 
Welcome to the Space Economy podcast and the final and 10th episode in our special series Doing Business in the Solar System hosted by Elizabeth Howell.While this may be the last podcast in the Doing Business in the Solar System, I'm happy to announce that Elizabeth will be back in the fall hosting a new podcast for SpaceQ, making it the third podc…
 
If you’ve been following sustainability headlines over the past few years, chances are you’ve heard about the EU’s green taxonomy — essentially, a dictionary that defines how sustainable a business or sector is. It assesses more than 100 economic activities and is designed to steer companies as they adapt their business strategies to climate change…
 
On this weeks episode of the Space Economy podcast we're going to get an update on the status of Firefly's launch vehicles and spacecraft including their NASA commercially sponsored Blue Ghost mission.The presenter is Eric Salwan, the acting Chief Revenue Officer for Firefly. The presentation is available on our website.…
 
Wall Street’s top regulator, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, is in the early stages of creating a number of new ESG-related disclosure rules, including on the issue of human capital management. Human capital management refers to the way that companies manage their workforce. It includes things like a company’s approach to hiring, recru…
 
We've found thousands of exoplanets in the last 30 years, particularly with tools like NASA's Kepler mission and the HARPS instrument at the La Silla telescope in Chile. But for the last few years, we've had the capability to seek out worlds that are potentially habitable, like the famous TRAPPIST-1 system with several planets the size of Earth.So …
 
In mid-July 2021, the heaviest rainfall in a century triggered intense flash floods and inundated several towns in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium, causing at least 188 deaths. The floods in Europe are a reminder that although emerging markets are likely to be hit hardest by a temperature rise, richer countries in the northern hemisphere are f…
 
On this weeks episode of the Space Economy podcast we're going to get an update on Space Nuclear Propulsion for Human Mars Exploration. The topic was the subject of the June 16th Future in Space Operations teleconference. The presenter was Roger Myers, a consultant and formerly with Aerojet Rocketdyne. His presentation is based on the National Acad…
 
The EU is working to reform its Non-Financial Reporting Directive, regulation introduced in 2014 requiring large companies to report on environmental and social issues, such as the impact of climate change on their business and the diversity of its board. The proposed new rules, called the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), would …
 
NASA hopes to expand its human spaceflight program to the Moon in the 2020s, and perhaps then to Mars. An international consortium is working to make this push into the solar system as efficient as possible. One key aspect is in situ resource utilization, or ISRU. Living off the land, proponents say, may make it cheaper to perform exploration becau…
 
The EU has proposed a European Green Bond Standard as part of its strategy to drive investment into sustainable finance and achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The new rules will also aim to protect investors from greenwashing, which is when an investment is made to sound greener than it is. Although they represent a tiny fraction of the ove…
 
On this weeks Space Economy podcast my guest is Chris Robson, the CEO of Wyvern. Wyvern is an Edmonton based startup in the satellite imaging market with a focus on hyperspectral imaging.The company plans to have its first small satellites launched next year and is singularly focused on its innovative hyperspectral camera.…
 
The world’s biodiversity is in peril and its loss poses big financial risks to businesses and the global economy. More than half of the world's economic output — or about $44 trillion — is moderately or highly dependent on nature, according to the World Economic Forum. Moreover, the collapse of biodiverse ecosystems could hurt global GDP by $2.7 tr…
 
More than 50 years ago, explorer Jacques Cousteau introduced millions of viewers to the marvels of the undersea world. In 2021, the ESG world is increasingly focused on biodiversity, and the oceans are a big part of that picture. Goods and services from the world's oceans and coasts are worth at least $2.5 trillion annually, while the overall value…
 
On this weeks Space Economy podcast my returning guest is James Slifierz, the CEO of SkyWatch.Recently SkyWatch announced that it had raised $17.2 million US in its Series B funding round. As well, SkyWatch revealed that their TerraStream integrated data management solution was going to be launched on over 40 satellites including on the upcoming Sp…
 
Investors are increasingly calling on companies to reflect climate-related risks in their financial results. In September 2020, global investor groups representing more than $103 trillion wrote an open letter asking companies and their auditors to include climate-related risks in financial reporting. Accounting standard setters and international au…
 
Welcome to the Space Economy podcast and the next episode in our special series Doing Business in the Solar System hosted by Elizabeth Howell.Today's episode focuses on Mars and the Perseverance rover, its helicopter, a future sample return mission and touches on In-Situ Resource Utilization.על ידי SpaceQ
 
On June 17, 2021, U.S. President Joe Biden signed legislation making Juneteenth a federal holiday. In this episode, we’re looking at how corporate America is changing its approach to diversity — and race in particular. June 19th, or Juneteenth, marks the official end of slavery in the U.S. in 1865. But the ugly systemic racism that slavery was buil…
 
My returning guest this week on the Space Economy podcast is Ewan Reid, CEO of Mission Control Space Services. On May 26 of this year ISED Minister François-Philippe Champagne announced that Mission Control was the recipient of a contribution from the Canadian Space Agency in the amount of $3 million.My conversation with Reid delves into what the f…
 
Regulators and supervisors around the world are increasingly concerned about the effects of climate change on financial stability. So they’re turning to climate stress tests to amass key data on financial institutions’ exposure to potential stranded assets and their ability to manage risk. Since the 2008 financial crisis, stress tests have become a…
 
In this episode of the Space Economy podcast we discuss countries that want to become a launching state and what that means. Our guest is Kenneth Hodgkins. This is the fifth of ten episodes in our special series Doing Business in the Solar System hosted by Elizabeth Howell.For many years, Canadian orbital dreams were restricted to launching things …
 
Last week the ESG world saw a major shakeup at one of the world’s largest oil majors. Specifically, at Exxon Mobil’s annual proxy meeting, shareholders voted to replace three board members with directors put forward by a small activist investor group — known as Engine No. 1. The group claimed Exxon was not moving fast enough to address climate chan…
 
It's been several months since we did a podcast on China with a focus on their commercial space efforts. In this edition we'll discuss China's broadband mega-constellation, get a launch updated, learn about China's first commercial spaceport and learn more about the commercialization efforts of Chinese Earth observation data.My returning guest is B…
 
What do Chipotle, an air conditioning company and one of the world’s largest activist investors have in common? They’re all tackling the challenge of how to incentivize executives to advance corporate sustainability goals. In this episode, we talk with Chipotle Head of Sustainability Caitlin Leibert about the company's plan to tie 10% of annual exe…
 
In this episode of the Space Economy podcast we discuss asteroids as a resource with Dr. Dante Lauretta. This is the fourth of ten episodes in our special series Doing Business in the Solar System hosted by Elizabeth Howell.Asteroids and comets are abundant resources in our universe, but there are a lot of challenges in mining them. They’re scatter…
 
As more companies look to adopt ESG-friendly strategies, they sometimes run up against the challenge of finding the financial justification for doing so. Furthermore, opponents of ESG initiatives often question whether such efforts cost companies more money than it brings them. This is the heart of the debate over ESG – are companies sacrificing fi…
 
On this weeks episode of the Space Economy podcast my guest is Brigadier-General Michael Adamson who assumed the role of RCAF Director General Space and Joint Force Space Component Commander in June of 2020.Today we're going to discuss how Canada's Armed Forces is adapting to an increasing congested, contested, and competitive space environment.…
 
The European Union’s new Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation, or SFDR, is expected to drastically change the scope of sustainable investing by providing greater transparency and increasing disclosure. And this is a particularly big deal for the private equity world, which has historically relied on self-regulation. Broadly speaking, private e…
 
NASA's next steps in the solar system include going back to the moon. The agency is working on its Artemis program that is supposed to put boots on the surface in the 2020s. It's a little different from the Apollo years. This time, the agency will be bringing in international astronauts and robots.To learn more about the Artemis ecosystem, we'll ha…
 
We’ve seen an explosion of companies setting net zero targets in 2021. That prompted us to ask: What comes next? After you set a decarbonization goal, how do you go about meeting it and measuring progress? To answer these questions, we talked to some of the world’s largest companies — Walmart, AT&T, Duke Energy and State Street Global Advisors — in…
 
On this weeks episode of the Space Economy podcast I have two guests, Oleg Khalimonov, Chief Rocket Designer at Space Concordia and Nathan Van Rumpt, Project Manager at UBC Rocket.Space Concordia and UBC Rocket are two of the university teams competing in the The Base 11 Space Challenge, an American competition where teams must design, build and la…
 
Hundreds of companies around the world have made ambitious promises to purchase only wind, solar and other types of clean electricity to power their operations. But many of these corporations aren’t buying actual physical electricity from renewable sources. Instead, they are snapping up incredibly cheap instruments known as unbundled renewable ener…
 
In this, the second episode of our special podcast series Doing Business in the Solar System, we discuss the issue of property in space. It's hard to believe how fast private spaceflight is expanding across the solar system. We've seen companies fly cargo and people to the International Space Station. Other companies do business in telecommunicatio…
 
As countries across the world set out plans to bring their emissions to net zero by 2050, financial institutions are increasingly setting their own carbon neutrality goals. Limiting global warming to 2°C by 2050 will require $3 trillion annually in investment, according to an estimate by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and banks will…
 
Major oil and gas companies are beginning to set aggressive decarbonization targets, but the path ahead for them is riddled with challenges. The latest episode of S&P Global's ESG Insider podcast takes a deep dive into what net-zero goals mean for those energy companies. We'll hear from Ed Daniels, an executive vice president and the head of strate…
 
On this weeks episode of the Space Economy podcast we have special episode. What are NASA's plans for the first lunar base? Well in today's Future in Space Operations briefing, we're going to learn what NASA is planning for what they're calling the "Artemis Base Camp" which will be located at the lunar south pole.We have two speakers that will disc…
 
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