SEAI's new Podcast explores what you can do to reduce your carbon footprint.

26 September 2019

Today we launched a new podcast that explores the choices we’re making every day in our homes, our work and our travel to reduce our energy use and tackle climate change.

180 Degrees, hosted by Tom Halpin, Head of Communications with SEAI, is a six-part series featuring a number of well-known Irish personalities. Experts including; architect Dermot Bannon, quantity surveyor Lisa O’Brien, meteorologist Liz Walsh, personal finance journalist and broadcaster Sinead Ryan, motoring expert Geraldine Herbert, and a number of climate action leaders and activists will join Tom on the podcast over the coming months.

Climate change is the greatest challenge facing us all today. Thankfully, there has been a huge shift in public consciousness over the last year. People are beginning to take on board the gravity of the situation and want to take action. The 180 Degrees podcast asks important questions about what we can do to make a difference in our daily lives. The podcast will explore many the many options to help us reduce our carbon impact. It looks at the opportunities for individuals, communities and businesses to really shape our energy future.  
Tom Halpin, Head of Communications, SEAI

The first episode, which is available from today, looks at the future of electric cars in Ireland. Weighing up the pros and cons of driving electric will be car reviewer Geraldine Herbert, Mark Noble, aka Nobby from the Strawberry Alarm Clock on FM 104, and transport expert at SEAI, Graham Brennan.

Other guests featured in the series include actor and climate change activist Aoibhéann McCann, Bernadette Phelan from Business in the Community Ireland, Ali Sheridan, Sustainable Leader at IKEA; Liam Delaney, Professor of Economics at UCD, Cool Planet Champion Karen Finigan and journalists Kitty Holland, Kevin O’Sullivan, and Mark Hilliard.

180 Degrees is available on iTunes or wherever you download your podcasts. Episode 1, ‘Should I buy now or wait to buy an electric car?’ is available from today, Thursday, 26 September with a new episode released fortnightly.

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180 Degrees Podcast – Episode Guide

Ep 1 – Available from Thursday, 26 September - Should I buy now or wait to buy an electric car?

Are you thinking about buying a new car? You may be interested in listening to our new podcast on electric vehicles.

In this episode, we discuss the electric car market in Ireland and Europe, and where perhaps the market will be by 2030 with journalist and motoring expert Geraldine Herbert, car reviewer Mark Noble, and Graham Brennan, Transport Programme Manager with SEAI.

Ep 2 – Available from Thursday, 10 October - Is an A rated home achievable for everyone?

Are you interesting in learning more about how Irish houses perform compared to years ago?

This round table discussion talks about Ireland’s attitude to housing and energy upgrades with guests; architect Dermot Bannon, social affairs correspondent for the Irish Times Kitty Holland, SEAI architect Jenny Power and financial journalist and broadcaster Sinead Ryan.

Ep 3 – Available from Thursday, 24 October - How much is it to upgrade my home?

Are you thinking about upgrading your home? Our latest podcast will give you all the tips and advice you need to know about energy upgrades and grants.

We also talk about the costs of energy upgrades with quantity surveyor Lisa O’Brien as well as reviewing building technologies with SEAI architect Jenny Power and retrofit specialist Brian McIntyre.

Ep 4 - Available from Thursday, 07 November - Are businesses doing enough to tackle climate change?

Do you think Irish firms have a role in tackling climate change? For many companies; time, funding and lack of knowledge can be obstacles. There is also the fear of drifting into merely green-washing.

For an in-depth chat on this topic, we speak to; Ali Sheridan, Sustainable Leader at IKEA, Irish Times journalist Mark Hilliard, Bernadette Phelan from Business in the Community Ireland and Fergus Sharkey, Head of Public and Private Sector Business at SEAI.

Ep 5 – Available from Thursday, 21 November - What are the are the behavioural and tech trends for the future of Ireland?

What do you think Ireland will look like in 50 years?

With climate change at the centre of this debate - we talk to Liam Delaney, Professor of Economics at UCD about our behaviour and attitudes towards this subject along with views from meteorologist Liz Walsh at Met Éireann. We also get a future tech and energy perspective from Ruth Buggie, programme manager at SEAI.

Ep 6 - Available from Thursday, 05 December - What can an individual do to tackle climate change?

There are many people who want to make a difference but are not sure where to start. In this episode, we talk about the challenges and opportunities available for people in Ireland. 

Chatting to us on this topic is actor and climate change activist Aoibhéann McCann, Environment and Science Editor at the Irish Times Kevin O’Sullivan, Gillian Gannon from SEAI’s community programme and Karen Finigan, Cool Planet Champion and chairperson of the Kilanerin Ballyfad Sustainable Energy Community in Wexford.