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.

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 […]

Key insights from workshops on disruptive low carbon innovations

Discussions from two back-to-back workshops on disruptive low carbon innovations have been compiled, analysed and synthesised as a series of key findings under eleven themes. These findings are set out in a synthesis report from the workshops available here:

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Car clubs & car sharing

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

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Smart & net zero energy homes

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

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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

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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

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