These tomatoes are grown on the roof!

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A number of companies have started constructing large greenhouses on the roofs of buildings to produce food, such as Lufa Farms in Canada or Urban Farmers in the Netherlands. Here is the clever bit; not only do these greenhouses reduce the energy required to heat the building, but the residual heat from the building can be directed into the greenhouse to increase productivity. This is already happening in the Ecco Jȁger ‘integrated greenhouse’ in Switzerland. So your lettuce and tomatoes may […]

Round trip car club members are five times more likely to shed a car

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New research published in Transport Policy identifies the potential impact of car sharing schemes on car ownership.  Based on interviews with 3,405 car sharers in Vancouver the authors find round trip car sharing, where the vehicle is picked up and dropped off in the same place, is an active substitute for car ownership. One way car sharing on the other […]

2018 the year of Multimodality

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EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc has called for 2018 to be the year of awareness for multimodality throughout the European transport system. The use of different modes of transport on the same journey can be found in several apps which are currently live or otherwise being piloted across Europe and Globally. Such services are known […]

Using artificial intelligence to tackle Earth’s sustainability challenges

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‘Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World’ was the theme of the 48th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos in January this year.  One noteworthy publication to come from this meeting explored ‘game changing’ ways in which the power of artificial intelligence (AI) can be harnessed in response to current pressing environmental issues.  The selected AI game […]

The UK’s energy-­efficiency policy vacuum

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Since the cancellation of the Green Deal in 2015, the UK has lacked a national policy framework for boosting energy-efficient renovation rates in homes. By analysing data collected from large samples of would-be renovators, Charlie Wilson and Hazel Pettifor from the SILCI project team explain in a blog what needs to be done.

Vacancy – Senior Research Associate

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Senior Research Associate in Low-Carbon Innovation and Consumers (Tyndall Centre, University of East Anglia, UK)   This 28 month fully-funded research position offers an exciting opportunity to conduct new empirical research on low-carbon innovations which are (or may be) appealing to consumers, but which are currently on the fringes of mainstream markets. The successful applicant would be […]