The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 13 – Britain’s great green policy progressives

London Mayor Sadiq Khan and ClientEarth chief executive James Thornton are the special guests on this week's podcast episode which investigates London's ongoing air quality crisis, the Government's green policy priorities, and the role of business in delivering a low-carbon economy.

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The edie editorial team brings you the latest news, insights and inspiration from the world of sustainable business with this 13th episode of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast. (Download all episodes on iTunes for free here).

In this week’s episode, reporter George takes the podcasting reins, as edie editor Luke was out chairing the judging of our Sustainability Leaders Awards (the shortlist is announced on 24 October) and senior reporter Matt has been away on holiday.

George takes the opportunity to speak with two guests linked by recent events in the green policy sphere. First up, he attends the launch of Sadiq Khan’s second public consultation on air quality in London, grabbing an exclusive interview with the London Mayor to discuss the role of business in his ambitious plans to create “the greenest city in the world”.

Then, George heads to the East London abode of James Thornton, the charismatic chief executive of ClientEarth, whose legal representatives appeared at the High Court this week to challenge the UK Government over ‘illegal’ levels of air pollution. In this in-depth interview, Thornton gives us his view of that ongoing legal case, before discussing his somewhat extraordianary background; from his Zen Buddhist beliefs through to the release of his sci-fi thriller novels.


(Episode 01 – Live from edie Live)

(Episode 02 – Monkey dating and the ‘S’ word)

(Episode 03 – Sustainability skills special)

(Episode 04 – Plan A progress and carbon-neutral beer)

(Episode 05 – IN or OUT of the European Union?)

(Episode 06 – Supply chain challenges and Shell’s Eco-marathon)

(Episode 07 – How to win the war on waste coffee cups)

(Epidode 08 – Sustainability without the fluff)

(Episode 09 – Doddle deliveries and zero-waste restaurants)

(Episode 10 – Back to CSR school)

(Episode 11 – (Parts 1&2) – Circular economy dreams and responsible retail)

(Episode 12 – From green apprentice to sustainability leader)

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George Ogleby & Luke Nicholls

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