SILCI is a four year research project exploring disruptive low carbon innovations and how they spread through processes of social influence.

Low carbon innovations are an integral part of efforts to address climate change. Low carbon innovations imply changes to the ways we produce and use energy, move around, eat, use land, build our cities, integrate information technologies into our daily lives.

Workshop on disruptive low carbon innovations at ECEEE

Around 20 participants of the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ECEEE) Summer Study gave up an hour of their time on a sunny afternoon by the sea to come and discuss disruptive low carbon innovations. The mini-workshop focused on ranking innovations by their potential disruptiveness and their potential impact on CO2 emissions. Participants […]

RethinkX report on rapid shift to self-driving electric vehicles

The RethinkX think tank in California¬†has released a new report on the disruptive potential of self-driving electric vehicles. A rapid shift to mobility-as-a-service using fleets of autonomous vehicles available on demand could reduce emissions by a jaw-dropping 90% within the next 15 years … according to the ‘Rethinking Transportation‘ report.

Talk on disruptive innovation and limiting warming to 1.5oC

Charlie Wilson gave a talk on the challenges of limiting warming to 1.5oC¬†as part of a Climate Lab seminar series at University College Cork in Ireland. He argued that current approaches to low carbon scenarios and modelling were constrained in scope, and considered the evidence that disruptive innovations could contribute to the 1.5oC goal. You […]

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Car clubs & car sharing

Car clubs and car sharing are examples of disruptive low carbon innovations relating to mobility


Smart & net zero energy homes

Smart homes or net zero energy homes are examples of disruptive low carbon innovations relating to housing


Distributed generation-storage-demand response

Distributed systems that combine solar PV, on-site battery storage, and demand response to utility or prices signals are an example of a disruptive low carbon innovation relating to electricity supply


Reuse networks & service economies for consumer goods

Reuse networks or service economies for consumer goods are examples of disruptive low carbon innovations relating to material wellbeing