Watt Matters Podcast

From FORESIGHT Climate & Energy, Watt Matters is a podcast all about the energy transition and the shift to a decarbonised economy

56 min
07/December/2022

Policy promoting climate finance

With the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the United States is unleashing billions of dollars to promote climate solutions and clean energy technology
69 min
25/November/2022

Are COP talks really worthwhile?

Following yet another round of COP negotiations in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, only limited progress again was made in the global effort to keep global warming limited to 1.5C. This week, the team discusses the value of these negotiations in the quest to avoid catastrophic climate change
52 min
11/November/2022

The present and the future of solar

With solar photovoltaic technology now established, creative new schemes—both technical and financial—are being developed across the globe. In this episode of Watt Matters, we discuss how innovative the solar industry has become and where there is work still left to do
58 min
28/October/2022

The heating policy paradox

Citizens across Europe are concerned about their heating bills as a result of the energy price crisis, but sustainable heating and cooling do not yet receive much attention in the EU’s agenda
59 min
14/October/2022

From range anxiety to charging confidence

The sales of electric vehicles continue to rise globally, but much more needs to be done to deploy charging infrastructure
54 min
30/September/2022

A toolbox for the EU’s energy crisis

In this episode of Watt Matters, we make sense of the short and long-term measures that Brussels is proposing to alleviate Europe's energy price crisis and its impact on the EU's energy companies
58 min
16/September/2022

An attractive profession

Europe has set ambitious objectives in its energy transition, but the continent risks not having the workforce to make it happen
65 min
02/September/2022

A strategy for carbon capture technologies

Economic constraints and public acceptance remain two of the biggest challenges to mass deployment of carbon capture technologies in Europe. A unified CCS strategy in Europe could change this
59 min
29/July/2022

From forecast to reality

Europe can have an almost completely decarbonised power sector by 2035, new research suggests
61 min
15/July/2022

The need for climate finance Jedi

The world needs trillions of dollars in investments to slow down climate change and fulfill the objectives of the Paris Agreement, but simply throwing money at the problem will not be enough. To harness the force of climate finance, it needs to be made with a just transition in mind
76 min
01/July/2022

The American experience

This week, we are joined by Jesse Jenkins, assistant professor at Princeton University, to talk about the challenges and the opportunities for the energy transition in the United States and lessons from Europe's energy crisis
50 min
17/June/2022

Finding the right narrative

As the hot topic of the moment, in this episode of Watt Matters, we examine how energy efficiency policies and measures are being treated around the world
57 min
03/June/2022

The energy transition must bring consumers on board

This week, the European consumer organisation’s (BEUC) Monique Goyens joins the team to discuss how consumers are taking an increasingly active role in the energy transition
48 min
20/May/2022

A systems approach to the energy transition

This week, DNV’s CEO of Energy Systems Ditlev Engel joins Watt Matters to talk about energy systems thinking and why a holistic approach is needed to make the energy transition happen
61 min
06/May/2022

From efficiency to sufficiency

This week, Yamina Saheb, lead author for the IPCC, joins the team to discuss whether a shift in mindset can help accelerate the energy transition
67 min
22/April/2022

Eastern Europe and the energy transition

On Watt Matters this week, Monica Morawiecka from the Regulatory Assistance Project and Julian Popov, a fellow of the European Climate Foundation, discuss what is required to make eastern Europe's energy transition a reality
58 min
08/April/2022

Behind the hydrogen hype

In this week's episode, the team is joined by Gniewomir Flis from Energy Revolution Ventures. We examine the hype that surrounds green hydrogen and what role, if any, it can have in the energy transition
61 min
25/March/2022

In from the cold

This week, we are joined by Peter Sweatman, chief executive at Climate Strategy & Partners, to discuss how to make energy efficiency measures more attractive and ensure investment is directed to the right areas
49 min
18/March/2022

The questions facing low-carbon heating

In episode 7, the team are joined by Alix Chambris and Brian Vad Mathiesen to discuss the potential pathways to decarbonise heating in Europe
57 min
11/March/2022

A secure Europe

Our guest this week is Kristian Ruby, secretary-general of Eurelectric, to discuss what role the energy market can play in shutting off Russian influence, what that means for energy consumers across Europe and the energy transition
43 min
25/February/2022

A market fit-for-purpose

This week, Jan, Michaela and David are joined by Jorge Vasconcelos, chair of New Energy Solutions (NEWES) and part of the Florence School of Regulation. Jorge tells us how electricity market design is essential in getting clean energy to where it is needed
18/February/2022

The Energiewende and the new government

This week, Jan, Michaela and David are joined by Claudia Kemfert, professor of energy economics and energy policy at the German Institute for Economic Research and Leuphana University to discuss how Germany's new government, and its economy, are tackling the energy transition.
04/February/2022

A new utility

The changing role of consumers, the rise of distributed energy and the advent of digital technology are forcing utilities to change how they operate. In this episode of Watt Matters, we speak to Greg Jackson, founder and CEO of Octopus Energy
17/December/2021

Getting off gas

In this episode, we take a look at our dependence on gas and, with the recent price crisis that swept across Europe, how we can break our grasp on the fuel. Joining Watt Matters this week is Dennis Hesseling from the EU Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER)
03/December/2021

How did we get here and where are we going?

In this episode, David, Michaela and Jan discuss where we are, how we got here and where we are going as the global economy continues its quest to ditch carbon emissions by mid-century