The REMARKABLE Climate Leaders Podcast casts a spotlight on visionary climate leaders throughout Europe, underscoring their pioneering initiatives at the local and regional levels in the pursuit of climate neutrality. Dive into their inspiring stories, discovering the magic of grassroots leadership as we paint vivid, region-spanning success tales.

This oral series is dedicated to unveiling the inspiring stories of climate leaders making a difference in their communities. Press play and explore the remarkable world of climate leadership!

#1 Episode with Seamus Hoyne

Welcome to the pilot episode of the Remarkable Climate Leaders Podcast! Join us as we embark on a journey across Europe to meet the unsung heroes driving climate actions in every corner of the continent.

In this debut episode, we sit down with Seamus Hoyne, a key figure in climate leadership, to explore the challenges and solutions in achieving climate neutrality before 2050. 

Discover the impactful actions of the Remarkable Climate Leaders project, funded by the European Commission, and gain insights into the essential role of distributed leadership in driving change. This episode sets the stage for a series dedicated to unveiling the inspiring stories of climate leaders making a difference in their communities. 

Tune in and explore the remarkable world of climate leadership on Spotify!

#2 Episode with Uroš Rozman

Meet Uroš Rozman, the youngest CEO of Slovenia’s oldest development agency. At 30, Uroš shares insights into his journey, the agency’s focus on sustainability, and their initiatives in areas like e-mobility and a regional business incubator.

Discover how Uroš emphasizes collaboration and connection to tackle challenges in regional development. Hear about their innovative projects, including a regional centre for mobility and circular economy initiatives.

#3 Episode with Xénia Vall

In the third episode, meet Xénia Vall, a dynamic force from a small French municipality. As an elected representative and director of Verteco, a local initiative, Xénia shares her journey and the challenges of promoting ecological transition.

Discover Verteco’s projects, from gardening to circular economy initiatives like secondhand toy markets. Xénia emphasizes the importance of touching hearts to drive change and defines a climate leader as a guide, not just a leader.

#4 Episode with Gearóid Fitzgibbon

Join us in the fourth episode of the Remarkable Climate Leaders Podcast as we sit down with Gearóid Fitzgibbon, co-founder of the Energy Communities Tipperary Cooperative. Explore Ireland’s climate victory and Gearóid’s mission to reshape how communities perceive energy and climate initiatives.

Explore Gearóid’s advice for rural communities and local governments, emphasizing initiative, flexibility, and a focus on tangible local benefits. Uncover the transformative power of community-driven climate action in Ireland’s energy transition.

#5 Episode with Mariia Alipatova

The REMARKABLE Climate Leaders kicks off the Season 2 of the podcast!

In this episode, we spotlight Mariia Alipatova, CEO & Founder of Solar Optic. Her innovative deep-tech system for building illumination is revolutionizing energy efficiency, potentially cutting carbon emissions by 80%. Winner of the Youth Start-Up Competition at the European SME Assembly 2023, Mariia’s work showcases the power of solar energy in achieving climate neutrality. Recognized as the new entrepreneur of the year in the 2023 Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Innovator Awards, Mariia’s journey highlights her commitment to driving sustainable change.

Join us as we delve into Mariia’s remarkable contributions to climate leadership!

#6 Episode with Ricardo Gonzalez Mantero

In this episode on Climate Leadership, meet Ricardo Gonzalez Mantero, Director at the Regional Energy Agency Castilla y Leon. With over 25 years of experience in public administration, Ricardo is a leader in promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. His expertise has been instrumental in Castilla y León becoming a renewable energy pioneer in Spain. Ricardo’s international experience and deep knowledge of the energy sector make him a valuable voice in driving the green transition.

#7 Episode with Gordana Lalić

Discover the inspiring story of Gordana Lalić, Director of the City of Poreč-Parenzo municipal company, as she leads the charge for climate action in the picturesque Croatian town of Poreč. Through her leadership, Gordana has implemented numerous projects focused on energy efficiency and sustainability, positioning Poreč as a model for climate leadership. Join us as we explore her journey and her commitment to inspiring others to take action for a greener future.

#8 Episode with Niklas Hökfors

Meet Niklas Hökfors, a freshly re-elected politician from Överkalix, Sweden, who’s paving the way for climate transition in his small municipality. He’s bringing frugality to his community, putting Överkalix on Europe’s climate leadership map, and spearheading initiatives to change mindsets and lifestyles for a greener future.

Discover how Niklas balances economic development with environmental sustainability, integrates environmental concerns into local policymaking, and finds inspiration in collaboration with organizations like EnergiKontor Norr.

Let’s inspire and empower each other to create a sustainable future for generations to come!

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REMARKABLE Climate Leaders will build new leadership capacity across Europe through a Climate Leadership Programme designed with and for climate leaders. Through a people-centred approach, Regional Energy Agencies will support leaders of public authorities and communities in implementing transformational roadmaps and innovative solutions to achieve climate neutrality.

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