SustainNOW Podcast - Learn from entrepreneurs & scientists about climate solutions

Friederike von Waldenfels

This podcast interviews successful entrepreneurs and scientists about newest climate solutions in all sectors (food, agriculture, raw materials, fashion, etc.) to increase awareness to business owners, investors, and private persons. Also to stay positive, engaged and hopeful that this man made problem can be solved by us. Through SUSTAINNOW, listeners learn, get inspired, and get connected with the wider community, and together help build a better future. The podcast was founded in 2021 by Friederike von Waldenfels. She is a tech entrepreneur and climate enthusiast. Episodes are available wherever listeners find and listen to podcasts (Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, etc).Our Vision: „To dig deeper in finding Climate solutions. “Our Mission: „Interviewing founders or experts in the sustainability field to find solutions (not only problems). read less
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From Ancient Organism to Renewable Energy Superhero: Electrochaea Synthesis of Synthetic Methane
Feb 14 2024
From Ancient Organism to Renewable Energy Superhero: Electrochaea Synthesis of Synthetic Methane
In today's episode, I am speaking to Doris Hafenbradls, CTO and Managing Director of Electrochaea. Doris has enjoyed a successful career as scientist and corporate executive in the biotech and pharma industry in the US and Europe. She joined Electrochaea from Axxam, a leading provider of integrated discovery services for the life sciences industry, where she was responsible for the company's discovery services activities. Doris dedicated her doctoral research in mircobiology to the study of the microorganism archaea at the University of Regensburg.What does Electrochae produce? The company converts renewable energy (solar and wind) and the industrial waste product carbon dioxide into grid-quality synthetic Methane with the goal to replace natural gas as energy source and storage. They use Archaea - an ancient, single-celled microorganisms that survive in extreme conditions to synthesize methane. In May 2021, the International Energy Agency (IEA) released its roadmap to help the world get to net zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050. Net Zero by 2050 recommends a baseline target of 10 percent for synthetic methane in the natural gas flow by 2050.The company has been founded in 2014 by Dr. Laurens Mets, Professor at the University of Chicago, and Mich Hein. They have 3 pilot plants up and running and now raising for the next round to expand. I learned a lot in this conversation about the power to gas principle and the technology behind. This episode is something for persons who are interested in renewable energy, carbon capture and utilization and the circular economy of carbon dioxide. The following description was generated by AI :) Discover how the invisible power of microorganisms can revolutionize our energy systems as Doris Hafenbradl of Electrochaea unveils the potential of renewable synthetic methane. In an era crying out for sustainable solutions, we're joined by an expert who is turning the tables on traditional energy storage and utilization. Harnessing the ancient prowess of archaea, Electrochaea's technology is not just a beacon of innovation but a pragmatic bridge to a greener future, syncing the ebb and flow of renewable energy production with our insatiable demand.This episode is a journey through the environmental and economic impacts of a truly transformative technology, with real-world applications already taking root from Denmark to Maine. As we explore with Doris, the process of repurposing excess renewable energy into a viable, storable commodity is not merely a theoretical marvel but a practical stride towards a circular economy. Synthetic methane stands poised to redefine energy intensity and costs, proving that the green premium is a small price to pay for a sustainable and carbon-conscious future.We wrap up with a candid discussion about the hurdles and prospects within the renewable gas market. Doris guides us through the maze of regulatory requirements, the importance of subsidies, and the potential of voluntary markets, sharing Electrochaea's achievements and aspirations. Their innovative 12-megawatt project in Denmark and ongoing feasibility studies in Canada underscore the scalability of this venture. It's a conversation that leaves us optimistic about a future where synthetic methane could become the norm, providing a cleaner and renewable alternative to fossil fuels.Please check out show notes and background information: www.sustainnow.ch Ideas for a podcast episode? Please contact us here: fvw@forestrock.ch
28: Policy Special Focus - Regenerative Agriculture Policy with NRDC Deputy Director Lara Bryant
Nov 17 2023
28: Policy Special Focus - Regenerative Agriculture Policy with NRDC Deputy Director Lara Bryant
Today I am talking with Lara Bryant, Deputy Director of NRDC (The Nature Resource Defence Council) in USA. Lara has a background in chemistry and studied plant and Soil Science and has a master’s degree in public administration in environmental science and policy from Columbia University. NRDC is a Non-Profit organization with more than 3 million members and online activists with the expertise of some 700 scientists, lawyers, and other environmental specialists to confront the climate crisis, protect the planet's wildlife and wild places, and to ensure the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities.In this podcast we talk about regenerative agriculture and how policy and subsidies are driving the transition to regenerative agriculture. In this short episode, we take a look at USA farmers and what needs to change to drive the industry to be more sustainable. The following description was created automatically by AI :) Do you want to get a fresh perspective on regenerative agriculture? Then you don't want to miss my conversation with Lara Bryant, the Deputy Director of the Nature Resource Defense Council (NRDC). Lara brings to light the fascinating world of regenerative agriculture and the NRDC's mission. We explore the significance of soil health, and how the U.S. federal crop insurance program could be revamped to reward farmers who prioritize it. Imagine an agricultural world where the transition to regenerative practices is supported by policy and resources. We discuss this and more as Lara shares findings from her study with 115 U.S. farmers. We lay out the groundwork for cultivating the next generation of farmers, focusing on providing them with essential resources such as loans, health insurance, and retirement savings. We dive into the complexities of regenerative agriculture, comparing it to organic farming and discussing the regenerative organic certification.Finally, we explore the challenges of regenerative agriculture, the potential of carbon credits, and the exciting prospect of policy changes to support more farmers in this transition. Lara reflects on how her theories on agriculture have transformed over the years and gives her insights on the percentage of American farmers already practicing bio or regenerative farming. So, put on your headphones and tune in to this compelling conversation about the future of agriculture, soil health, and how you can get involved with the NRDC. You're sure to learn something new!Please check out show notes and background information: www.sustainnow.ch Ideas for a podcast episode? Please contact us here: fvw@forestrock.ch
27: Harnessing the Ocean's Might: In-Depth with SeaO2 Founders on their Mission to Capture a Gigaton of CO2 by 2035
Nov 1 2023
27: Harnessing the Ocean's Might: In-Depth with SeaO2 Founders on their Mission to Capture a Gigaton of CO2 by 2035
In today's episode, I am speaking with Rose Sharifian and Ruben Brands. Rose is CTO and co-founder of CDR startup SeaO2. She is a chemical engineer and petroleum engineer by training, who is researched, for the last 5 years, the electrochemical oceanic carbon capture during her PhD at University of Delft, Netherlands. My second interview partner is Ruben Brands, CEO and co-founder of Seo2.  He  previously founded startups and consulted for major corporations on lean startup initiatives. Three years ago, motivated by the urgency of climate change, he was researching technological solutions and met Rose. Sea02 is a ocean-based carbon removal company with the mission to protect our planet from getting warmer and warmer, by reducing the CO₂ concentration in the ocean and indirectly in the air. They would like to capture 1 Gigaton of CO2 by 2035. In this episode, you will learn about the different Ocean-based carbon removal methods (nature and tech based), the technology of Seo02, the challenges of scaling a company on water and why ocean-based is much more efficient than direct air capture. The following description was created automatically by AI :) Can we truly outsmart climate change by harnessing the ocean's might? Get ready to infiltrate the fascinating world of ocean-based carbon removal with our guests, Rose Scharrivian and Ruben Brands, the innovative minds behind SeaO2, a company on a mission to capture a gigaton of CO2 by 2035! Together, we'll shed light on the technology that drives their venture and the hurdles they encounter as they progress towards their ambitious goal.What sets ocean-based carbon capture apart and how does it compare with direct air capture? That's what Rose and Ruben will be discussing in depth, as we explore the remarkable efficiency of ocean carbon capture. We'll delve into the role of the ocean as a carbon absorbent, the unique challenges of measuring and monitoring ocean capture, and the tantalizing possibility of achieving gigaton scale carbon removal. Furthermore, we'll probe into the environmental impact of this groundbreaking technology, weighing potential risks and discussing the careful balancing of CO2 levels.Lastly, Rose and Ruben will take us on a journey through the Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) market, its stumbling blocks, and the innovative solutions that SeaO2 is introducing. You'll hear about their hands-on experience of working with the unforgiving ocean, the pressing need for funding, and the urgency of scaling up their operations. Learn about their pilot project in the Netherlands and their unwavering determination to battle climate change with creativity and cutting-edge technology. This is an episode you won't want to miss if you're curious about how tech can help us turn the tide in the fight against global warming.Please check out show notes and background information: www.sustainnow.ch Ideas for a podcast episode? Please contact us here: fvw@forestrock.ch
26: BiCRS - How can biomass contribute to negative emissions in the future? A conversation with Stefanie Bischoff, Managing Director of Airfix
Oct 11 2023
26: BiCRS - How can biomass contribute to negative emissions in the future? A conversation with Stefanie Bischoff, Managing Director of Airfix
In today's episode, I am speaking with Stephanie Bischof, Managing Director Airfix. Stephanie worked for more than 10 years in finance for large international companies like coca-cola and svwarowski.  A movie about soil health led her to move into the climate field. Since the spring of 2022, she has led a subsidiary of South Pole in the field of biomass carbon removal and storage with the goal of creating markets for negative emission technologies.Airfix is a consulting and co-developing business in the newly emerging carbon removal industry focused on Biomass Carbon Removal and Storage (in short BiCRS) in Switzerland, and Europe. Activities include investing in carbon capture infrastructure, complex value chain management and market shaping.In this episode, you will learn about the Carbon Removal and Storage Market and its challenge to scale up to an industry which needs to match the Gas & Oil Industry market. The following description was automatically created by AI :)Are you ready to unlock some of the most complex mysteries around carbon removal and storage? We've got something special for you. We had an enlightening chat with Stefanie Bischoff, the powerhouse Managing Director of Airfix. Stefanie, who evolved from a finance professional to a fierce climate change warrior, shared some astoundingly rich insights into the burgeoning carbon removal and storage industry. This conversation is an immersive journey into the world of carbon capture, scaling the industry to rival the gas and oil market, and the intricate processes of biomass carbon removal and storage.In the episode, Stefanie also talks about the complex issue of pricing carbon removal. She discusses Microsoft's pledge to buy millions of carbon credits from a Danish project and how these certification standards ensure accurate carbon removal measurements. We also explore the fascinating journey of Airfix Carbazoo, a venture striving to create a market for carbon removal and storage. Stefanie explains their funding strategy, end goals, and how they are tracking their own carbon objectives. If you've been curious about the role of finance in tackling climate change and the urgent need for negative emission technologies, this conversation is an absolute must-listen.Please check out show notes and background information: www.sustainnow.ch Ideas for a podcast episode? Please contact us here: fvw@forestrock.ch
25: Sustainable laptop? How Framework is Challenging Traditional Tech Industry Norms. Interview with Founder Nirav Patel
Sep 14 2023
25: Sustainable laptop? How Framework is Challenging Traditional Tech Industry Norms. Interview with Founder Nirav Patel
In today's episode, I am speaking with Nirav Patel, founder and CEO of Framework. He is a former engineer at Oculus VR, Apple and Facebook. Framework is founded on the philosophy that the greatest positive environmental impact can come from creating products that last longer, thus generating less waste. The first 2 products are laptops which can be customized, upgraded, repaired and upcycled by the customer itself. Founded in 2019, Framework is now available in 9 countries. In this episode, we will talk about the inherent problem of hardware producers' business model to sell more products but at the same time trying to be more sustainable. We also discuss why he would like to half the market of the electronic consumer products and why this is a good thing. The following description was automatically created by AI :)Hold onto your headphones as we take a thrilling journey into the world of sustainable technology with none other than Nirav Patel, the ingenious mind behind Framework, a company disrupting the status quo of the tech industry. This episode promises an unfiltered insight into how Framework is challenging traditional hardware business models, by offering consumers not only customizable but also upgradable, repairable, and upcyclable laptops. From dissecting the unique design of the Framework laptop to delving into how their business model is resonating with small to medium-sized businesses and enterprises, Patel leaves no stone unturned. Formerly an engineer at tech giants like Oculus VR, Apple, and Facebook, Patel's vision for a future of sustainable consumer electronics across all categories is nothing short of revolutionary. So, tune in and get inspired by how Framework is making waves in the tough PC industry climate, and understand how you, as a consumer, can contribute to the sustainability revolution.Please check out show notes and background information: www.sustainnow.ch Ideas for a podcast episode? Please contact us here: fvw@forestrock.ch
24: From Tobacco to Steaks: Dana Yarden's Biotech Journey to Turn Tobacco into Natural Bioreactors
Aug 23 2023
24: From Tobacco to Steaks: Dana Yarden's Biotech Journey to Turn Tobacco into Natural Bioreactors
In today's episode, I'm speaking with Dana Yarden, co-founder of BioBetter. Their vision is to solve one of the biggest bottlenecks in advancing cultivated meat to mass production. They have invented a new way of creating growth factors, cheaper and faster, for the cultivated meat industry. Biobetter harnesses the inherent advantages of tobacco plants, turning them into natural bioreactors. They grow in open fields, using renewable energy as a sustainable source for animal-free growth factors in other proteins. Founded in 2012 and incorporated in 2015, the company pivoted from products for farmer industry to producing growth factors for the cultivated meat industry. They employ 40 people, raise 16 million US dollars so far and are based in Israel. I had a really enjoyable conversation with Dana, not only about the future of food tech, but also how empathy and love can bring us more together on a journey to solve the climate crisis. The following description was automatically created by AI :)What if there was a way to produce meat without the environmental impact of traditional livestock farming? Dana Yarden, co-founder of BioBetter, believes there is and she’s at the forefront of this innovation. Join us as we delve into Dana's extraordinary journey in the biotech industry, from her early days working on products for farmers to now leading the charge in developing growth factors for the cultivated meat industry.Dana and her team at BioBetter are pioneering a groundbreaking solution - transforming tobacco plants into natural bioreactors that produce animal-free growth factors. You'll discover the fascinating science behind how these plants are put to work, and the impressive advantages this method has over other production methods. What's more, Dana opens up about the journey to get approval from the FDA and the challenges and triumphs they've faced along the way.But the innovation doesn't stop there - BioBetter's growth factors are being grown in the ground, not in a greenhouse. This shift in practice could not only drastically reduce the cost of growth factors but also contribute significantly to the sustainability of cultivated meat production. Dana also shares valuable insights on the importance of a strong network in the biotech industry and her passion for the progress of the food industry. So buckle up for a dive into a future where plants and proteins could revolutionize the way we produce and consume meat.Please check out show notes and background information: www.sustainnow.ch Ideas for a podcast episode? Please contact us here: fvw@forestrock.ch
22: The Last Mile of E-Commerce - with Milo Stössel, the Co-Founder of Quickpac
Jul 19 2023
22: The Last Mile of E-Commerce - with Milo Stössel, the Co-Founder of Quickpac
In todays episode, I am speaking with Milo Stössel, co-founder and CEO of the Swiss transportation startup quickpac. Their vision is to fulfill the transition of ecommerce to be more sustainable and seamless. Quickpac is the only one in Switzerland with a 100% electric vehicle fleet for last mile delivery. Founded in 2019, quickpac quickly scaled up to 6 delivery hubs, 300 vehicles and above 300 employees. At SwissCommerce, my former company, we were one of the first customers to use their services. In this episode, we will talk about the challenges to create a sustainable fleet, scaling up and how to balance shopping convenience with sustainability. The following description was automatically created by AI :)Join me as we journey through the captivating story of Milo Stössel, the co-founder and CEO of Quickpac. Quickpac is revolutionizing the e-commerce delivery landscape by prioritizing sustainability without compromising customer convenience. Milo reveals the trials and tribulations they encountered while building a 100% electric vehicle fleet and how they surmounted these challenges to become a leader in their industry.Listen in as Milo discusses the pivotal role of multi-carrier availability in shaping the future of e-commerce. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how Quickpac, with its network of 60 depots and two daily delivery routes, ensures efficiency and flexibility in its operations. Discover the innovative strategies, such as dynamic route planning and colored labels, that this savvy startup employs to keep ahead of the curve while reducing CO2 emissions in last-mile delivery.Lastly, Milo delves into the complexities and costs associated with transitioning to electric trucks. Hear firsthand about Quickpac's initiatives to minimize carbon footprint and why sustainability is paramount in the transportation and logistics sectors. Don't miss out on Milo's advice for others navigating the capex-intensive sustainability business landscape, his thoughts on the climate crisis, and his steadfast belief that it can be resolved. Plug into this enlightening conversation and stay inspired!Please check out show notes and background information: www.sustainnow.ch Ideas for a podcast episode? Please contact us here: fvw@forestrock.ch
21: Making Showers Smarter - A Fireside Product Chat with Ted Li, Co-Founder of Oasense
Jul 8 2023
21: Making Showers Smarter - A Fireside Product Chat with Ted Li, Co-Founder of Oasense
In todays episode, I am speaking with Ted-Li, co-founder of Oaesense. Oasense developed a self-powered smart showerhead that helps people conserve up to 60% of water and energy by switching off automatically when you step away. Ted-Li has an engineering background and worked in different sensor focused companies as well at Apple. He joined as co-founder in 2019. This will be our first product firechat. In these firechats we will feature products which are helping consumers or businesses to live more sustainable already today. The following description was automatically created by ai :)What if you could conserve up to 60% of water and energy, simply by changing your showerhead? We bring you an enlightening chat with Ted Li, co-founder of Oasense, who walks us through his journey in helping develop a smart shower head that's not only self-powered but also smart enough to switch off when you're not under it. Discover how Ted's innovative product emerged amid California’s drought crisis, revolutionizing the concept of bathing and transforming it into an experience of tranquility and relaxation, while prioritizing sustainability.Ted doesn't stop at creating an innovative product; his vision extends to sustainability and enhancing user experience in water conservation. Tune in as we unpack the distinct advantages of Oasense's unique turbine technology and how it outshines other products in the market. You'll also get a sneak peek into the future plans for Oasense, including their ideas for a sensor kitchen faucet. If you're keen to learn about the strides Oasense is making in the world of sustainability and how their smart shower head could redefine your daily routine, you can't afford to miss this episode.Please check out show notes and background information: www.sustainnow.ch Ideas for a podcast episode? Please contact us here: fvw@forestrock.ch
14: Using rocks to capture carbon at big scale! Interview with Lithos Co-Founder and CEO, Mary Yap
Nov 17 2022
14: Using rocks to capture carbon at big scale! Interview with Lithos Co-Founder and CEO, Mary Yap
In todays episode, I am speaking with May Yap, co-founder and CEO of Lithos Carbon. The team's mission is to accelerate mineral weathering at the gigaton scale. They are using volcanic stone basalt to speed up the Earth’s naturally carbon capture process in the soil and ocean. Farmers are spraying individual adapted basalt on their farmland to capture carbon in the soil while improving their yield at the same time. This complex method is very difficult to measure but is seen as  one of the most promising technologies to capture CO2 out of the atmosphere. Mary studied plant biology at The University of Chicago and geology and planetary sciences at Yale University, where she conducted award-winning scientific and urban research on the climate crisis. Mary started her journey in entrepreneurship at the age of 18 and spent 6+ years building early-stage startups before devoting her life to climate solutions.We are speaking about her passion for stones and geology, why enhanced weathering is so complex to measure but also has a great opportunity to fight the climate crisis. You will learn about the process, the risks and chances for investors and farmers. In this episode we are addressing the following questions:Could you please introduce yourself in a few sentences? 2:07What was your motivation in the first place to study geology at Yale? 3:00You mentioned that your grandmother also worked in agriculture. Is that something that inspired you as well? 4:38Based on the Wikipedia definition of enhanced weathering, is that what you would say it is or would you frame it differently? 8:48Can you pull us through the whole cycle of enhanced weather? 9:54Do you use probes? 12:31How is the chemical reaction working and how does it differ to taking another stone like Limestone? 14:05How do you accurately measure the carbon captured? 18:38How much percent is getting captured in the soil and how much flows away? 21:59Is there a limitation on the types of crops? 23:34Are there other methods of enhanced weathering? Please check out show notes and background information: www.sustainnow.ch Ideas for a podcast episode? Please contact us here: fvw@forestrock.ch
13: Building the Stripe for energy or how your Tesla can earn money. Interview with Thomas Folker, co-founder of Leap
Oct 10 2022
13: Building the Stripe for energy or how your Tesla can earn money. Interview with Thomas Folker, co-founder of Leap
In this episode I am speaking with Thomas Folker, creator of the US software Leap. Leap provides an easy market access for distributed energy providers (short DER). This can be your electric vehicle at the charging station at home or a smart thermostat. In a nutshell, your Tesla can trade energy back into the grid and you get money for it. The aim is to create a resilient and efficient virtualized grid for decarbonizing the future. Beforehand, Thomas developed multiple large scale solar and offshore wind projects across Europe and supported the renewable energy transition in Curacao and Aruba. In this episode, we are talking about the energy transition, what virtualization of the grid means and why Europe is in serious Energy trouble. Leap automates market access for smart energy technologies.Our software platform makes it easy for distributed energy resource (DER) providers to get paid for supplying flexible support to the grid.Questions addressed in this episode: How did you see the difference between Clean 1.0 and Clean 2.0? (4.50)Energy production and usage is almost responsible for 70% of all carbon emissions emitted every year. This is not only for electricity but also for using energy in production such as steel, etc.  To reach a global Net Zero, the energy world needs to transition to “green” energy.  Right now around 30% of the electricity is produced by renewable energy supplies, to reach Net zero emissions, we would need to increase this to 90%. However, renewable energy in general only accounts for 15%. Do you think it is possible to decarbonize the grid in that speed by 2050? (11.20)What 3 things need to change to make the transition happen to achieve 95% renewable energy? (14:30)If you take investor head, where would you invest currently in the energy market? (22.00) What can a consumer do in this energy transition in Europe? What are the top 3 things?  (32.00) Can you please explain in a few sentences what kind of problem leap is solving? (36.00)Can you please explain the energy value chain and participating stakeholders? (39.30)What means flexibility / virtualized grid? (44.30)How do you make sure that your tesla battery is not empty when the energy get's traded back? (46.00) Can you get a kick-back as consumer? (50.10)What is your expansion plan? (52.00) How is it going with a full remote team? (56.45)You received 33m in funding last year in Series B- congratulations! What is the biggest challenge in the next year to scale your company? (56.55)Do you have competitors? (59.30)What makes you unique? (1.00.00)What makes you confident that we will solve the climate crisis? (1.02.00)What is the impact of the current market situation on your sector and your company? (1.04.30) Please check out show notes and background information: www.sustainnow.ch Ideas for a podcast episode? Please contact us here: fvw@forestrock.ch
12: Can fashion be sustainable? Interview with Dan Leahy - CEO of MakersSights.
Sep 4 2022
12: Can fashion be sustainable? Interview with Dan Leahy - CEO of MakersSights.
This exciting episode features Dan Lehim, Co-founder and CEO of MakerSights, an inventory optimization tool with the aim to reduce overproduction by integrating consumer feedback in the design process. Their customers include New Balance, Champion, and Rothys. Fashion is responsible for 8-10% of the global carbon emissions and almost up to 40% of clothes fail to sell in a season. Is it possible to fix the fashion industry? This is one of the key questions which is addressed in this episode!In this episode we are addressing the following questions:So can the fashion industry be fixed? If yes how? 3:17What do you see as necessary drivers for change in the fashion industry? 7:26Is it just a perception, or are consumers really buying more in the sustainability space? 12:51Coming now to MakerSights - Can you please explain in 2-3 sentences what markersights product is? Can you please explain the vision and how you want to achieve it? 16:54Are you already operating in Europe? 27:53Have you started off as a sustainable company or did it come along the way? 28:27What are you doing as a company itself to be more sustainable? 31:06You received 25m in funding last year in Series B- congratulations! What is the biggest challenge in the next year to scale your company? 35:06How do you continue to learn in order to stay on top of things within your role? 38:07Do you have a book recommendation? 39:53Great quotes from the episode by Dan:"84% of the CO2 emissions from the retail industry comes from the production of new goods, so if you are not tackling that as part of the problem, then you are kind of tackling a rounding error""At the end of the day, if you have a capsule collection that represents 0.1% of your total inventory that's being built of sustainable materials, it's not moving the needle. What's moving the needle is the other 99.9% of your inventory.""More people care about the sustainability commitments of brands they are purchasing from than ever before""We want to allow brands and retail to be much more demand and consumer led than they are supply led so they can be commercially successful while minimizing their footprint"Please check out show notes and background information: www.sustainnow.ch Ideas for a podcast episode? Please contact us here: fvw@forestrock.ch
11# -  Winning the 100m USD carbon removal XPrize - Interview with student initiative CircularHorizon
Jul 31 2022
11# - Winning the 100m USD carbon removal XPrize - Interview with student initiative CircularHorizon
This is a short episode to present the CircularHorizon initiative, with Stella Harper and Darius Stulz. Darius co-founded the student initiative Circular Horizon with the goal of developing a scalable carbon removal project based on biochar. They are participating in the 100m USD XPrize Challenge by Musk Foundation. To win the grand prize, teams must demonstrate a working solution at a scale of at least 1000 tonnes removed per year. Stella Harper is an ETH Material Science Student and joined the team later in the communication team. The student initiative already has 40 student members, and they are actively searching for companies to support them with expertise and financing. In this episode, we are addressing the following questions:Can you please explain to my listeners what Circular Horizon is and why you started it? 1:40It is part of the Musk Foundation Project / Challenge Xprize - Can you explain that a little bit more? 3:18Can you explain what Biochar is? 6:27Which projects will you submit? 7:56What makes your solution different and more scaleable? 10:16What are the limits to using biomass and how would you overcome them? 11:41How far in the project are you? 12:56What have been your roles in this project? 14:37How do you finance your projects? 16:53If someone wants to support you, how can they do that? 18:25What kind of support do you need from the community? 20:40Please check out show notes and background information: www.sustainnow.ch Ideas for a podcast episode? Please contact us here: fvw@forestrock.ch
Episode 10 - Turning from a for-profit into an impact entrepreneur - Interview with Christian Vollmann  - founder of Carbon One (C1).
Jul 5 2022
Episode 10 - Turning from a for-profit into an impact entrepreneur - Interview with Christian Vollmann - founder of Carbon One (C1).
In this episode of the SustainNOW Podcast, I am talking to Christian Vollmann - Founder of Carbon One. In this episode, she is talking with Christian Vollmann, a serial digital entrepreneur who transformed from a pure profit to an impact entrepreneur. He co-founded  companies such as iLove,  eDarling, video platform MyVideo and social network nebenan.de. Christian was Business Angel of the year in 2017 and invested into more than 70 companies. In 2022, he co-founded Carbon One with the vision to replace fossil fuels based methanol with green methanol for the shipping and chemical industry. Carbon one is building a platform to re-design the production process of methanol with quantum-chemical simulation with the aim to save several gigatons of CO2 every year.In this episode, Christian Vollmann is sharing insights to his journey to be an impact entrepreneur, why it is so difficult to solve the climate crisis, why shipping industry is a good place to start and how to be successful as a digital entrepreneur in the chemical industry.In this episode we are addressing the following questions:“Turning from "for-profit" entrepreneur into "impact entrepreneur". Can you please explain what you mean by that? 2:01What was the moment you realized that you need to change from a digital entrepreneur into an impact entrepreneur? 4:49What kind of skills can you use in that new industry? Or any other digital entrepreneur who is turning to impact 7:21What makes you in general optimistic that we will solve the climate crisis? 9:51What are the biggest challenges in solving the climate crisis in your own words?11:23Coming now to Carbon One. The vision of the company is "Establish closed carbon cycles in shipping and chemical production via green methanol". Can you please explain the vision and how you want to achieve it? 16:16What is the input you need (biomass, capture co2, etc.) to create 63’000 gallons of green methanol fuel? 21:26What is the biggest challenge in the production process? 27:01Why not electrify container ships or use hydrogen? Please check out show notes and background information: www.sustainnow.ch Ideas for a podcast episode? Please contact us here: fvw@forestrock.ch