Innovation for sustainability 12. Alyssa Gilbert and Naveed Chaudhry

Alyssa Gilbert is the Director of Innovation at Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment. She is the boss of the second speaker, Naveed Chaudhry who is Head of The Greenhouse at the Centre for Climate Change Innovation, now known as Undaunted, at  Imperial College.

Our conversation covers:
-How the Grantham Institute at Imperial is trying to support climate-related innovation through ‘Undaunted’.
-How the Greenhouse operates as an incubator and accelerator of climate-related entrepreneurs.
-The example of Notpla, who do packaging solutions are made from a material made from seaweed and plants that disappears naturally.
-How they used the status of the university to create a lobbying voice for climate-related industries that don’t yet exist.
-The approach at the Greenhouse: trying to get applications from beyond the usual groups; using a bootcamp to select based on the potential of the technology and the team; the ‘germination’ and ‘propagation’ phases.
-The importance of the Skidmore Review of Net Zero, and what’s needed from government now is strong policy direction backed up by resources.
-Undaunted as a vehicle for connection and collaboration on climate-related innovation, starting in London but engaging around the rest of the world.

This is part of a series of interviews about innovation for sustainability conducted for the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, as a contribution to a module in this Masters.  You can find out more about these interviews, and the module, here.

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