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The Hidden Joule | Dr. Charles Hall – EROI and BPE and why these Acronyms are critical to ESG

4 September 2020 in Sustainability

Episode 1: Dr. Charles Hall – EROI and BPE and why these Acronyms are critical to ESG.

In this episode of The Hidden Joule podcast, we discuss with Dr. Charles A. S. Hall the concept of Energy Return on Energy Invested or EROI and its role within a BioPhysical Economic Framework and the ESG movement.

We consider unrestrained growth and the Laws of Thermodynamics and the application within Sustainability/ESG, Neo Classical Economics and Neo Liberalism, as well as renewable solutions.

Lastly, we dive into the role and link between energy and wealth, and the differences between Physical Sciences and Social Sciences.


About the Hidden Joule Podcast

The Hidden Joule Podcast is our return to science and conversation. Our goal is to leverage our extensive network of thought leaders, investors and companies to facilitate conversation around prickly topics such as Climate Change, Human Evolution and Behavior, System Complexity, Technological Progress, Allocation of Resources, Scale and Growth. With the responsibility of the Sustainability/ESG practice at Canaccord Genuity, we feel a moral obligation to address these key issues as we begin to shift from shareholder returns to broader stakeholder returns. We believe that in order for the ESG investment framework to be successful, a high level of scientific rigor and discussion must be applied and utilized. We believe that the availability of different resources (including financial) shape the future of companies and economies. Further, investment criteria and decision-making processes for ESG will be a critical component influencing corporate behavior and governing policies in our shared future society.

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Jed Dorsheimer

Managing Director, Sustainability

Jonathan (Jed) Dorsheimer serves as a Senior Equity Analyst at Canaccord Genuity. By leveraging his knowledge of compound semiconductors and device physics, Jed has differentiated his research from the Street by identifying emerging trends such as Solid State Lighting. Through bottom-up analysis and tireless market diligence, Jed has built a franchise known for fundamental research and credited with identifying key companies that show the greatest promise of maintaining or disrupting incumbent technologies. As a respected industry expert, Jed is credited with authoring some of the leading research in the sector, co-chairing and presenting at several leading events around the world. Jed has also consulted with most of the industry's leading companies. The Wall Street Journal ranked Jed #1 for stock picking performance in 2011 (Electronics and Electrical Equipment), following his #2 performance for 2009.


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