Getting to carbon positive

Our sustainability podcast series



Welcome to our podcast series where leaders across Beca discuss how our post-COVID-19 recovery and rebuild opportunities could support decarbonising New Zealand and contribute to a future of sustainable prosperity.

We recently published a report titled 'Decarbonising a prosperous New Zealand' which looked at eight key transitions that would best enable the country to rapidly shift to a low carbon economy. Over the course of 11 weeks our podcast series, hosted by Kate Meyer - Business Director of Sustainability, built on this report, addressing some of the social, cultural, environmental and economic challenges and opportunities, as well as contribute to the ongoing discussions about how we can get the best outcomes.

Read the full report

Listen to the series below

Ep.1 - Getting to carbon positive

We kick-off our podcast series by introducing our host, Kate Meyer, who talks with our sustainability leaders about why we need to act now and how we can join up our thinking.


 

Ep.2 - Maori worldview

Discover the importance and value of applying a Māori lens to decarbonisation.


 

Ep.3 - Transportation

Light rail, active mode shift, integrated planning, a love of congestion and what the future may look like – topics all discussed this episode.


 

Ep.4 - Industrial product manufacturing

The battle against fossil fuels and the transition to low carbon industries has great potential in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in New Zealand.


 

Ep.5 - Electricity

Supercharging the energy transition! Action on the climate is urgently required and electricity will play a key role. In this episode, we discuss how electrification can speed up the energy transition.


 

Ep.6 - Built environment

This won’t be the first time in history that the built environment will be redesigned in response to an increased understanding of disease. Discover how COVID-19 will open up even more opportunities to think differently and innovatively about how buildings are designed.


 

Ep.7 - Agriculture and Forestry

Discover how sustainable food products, particularly sustainable agriculture, is such a big opportunity in New Zealand and how we’re in an enviable position to help change sustainable food production around the world. We dive into the challenges and opportunities to ignite your thinking, including biochar and on-farm planting.


 

Ep.8 - Recovery of waste

The recovery of waste provides massive opportunities for New Zealand including environmental and economic improvements, with a lot of innovation added to the mix.


 

Ep.9 - Three waters

In this episode, listen to our team as they share insights on transisitions in three water systems in New Zealand.


 

Ep.10 - Social infrastructure

One of the big challenges ahead, is how to get the organisational and societal changes we need, at the rates we need them. We talk about working through the COVID-19 transitions (in and out of lockdown) and what we might be able to learn from these more broadly to apply to this decarbonisation challenge.

Ep.10 - Digital

In our final episode of our 'Getting to Carbon Positive' podcast series, Dr Kate Meyer is joined by Thomas Hyde, Chief Digital Officer, and Sue Bradley, General Manager – Industrial Digital, to talk about the huge role digital and technology can have in helping us to decarbonise Aotearoa New Zealand and the opportunities this presents on a global scale.

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