Transforming energy services to meet the 1.5oC climate target

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Charlie Wilson gave a public lecture at his old alma mater, the University of British Columbia, on new research showing how to meet the 1.5oC climate target by transforming energy services. Examples of potentially disruptive innovations that can significantly reduce the energy required to provide useful services include shared mobility, pre-fabricated whole home energy retrofits, […]

Disruptive trends for global sustainability

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A new online platform is tracking potentially disruptive ‘mega-trends’ which can contribute to global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Launched by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), the ‘SDG Trend Scanner’ has data on trends ranging from ageing, automation, digitalisation to climate change, social instability, and vulnerable employment. As the […]

Potentially disruptive innovations – like EVs – have often been around for a while

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At the workshops we ran a year ago on disruptive low-carbon innovations, one of our keynote speakers, Kathryn Myronuk, made an interesting comment along the lines of: “I don’t get excited by the new stuff being invented, I’m interested in the stuff that’s been around for some time but is being combined in new ways […]

Participating in workshops and conferences by remote using tele-robots

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Invited to Future Earth’s Exponential Climate Action for Cities (X-CAC) workshop in Stockholm, I faced a dilemma common to many researchers working on climate change: travel, participate but add to CO2 emissions … or stay at home, miss out, but avoid contributing to climate change? So when Future Earth offered me the possibility of participating […]

Collecting data from the public is hard but rewarding

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After two days ensconced with members of the public eliciting their perceptions of consumer-facing low-carbon innovations, the SILCI team adjourned to the pub for a well earned drink. (Please note: No public research funding was spent on this activity!). As well as generating reams of data, the workshops were an important reminder to us researchers […]

What is the potential appeal of low-carbon innovations?

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The SILCI team spent two days running workshops and one-to-one interviews with members of the public to elicit their perceptions of how and why low-carbon innovations are appealing. The workshops began by introducing 12 innovations across transport, food, home, and energy domains, ranging from mobility-as-a-service to peer-to-peer electricity trading. SILCI researchers then worked with individual […]

Will tele-robots reduce the need for flying?

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Charlie Wilson participated via tele-robot in the X-CAC workshop taking place in Stockholm on Exponential Climate Action for Cities. Sitting with a cup of tea in his kitchen, Charlie logged in via the internet to listen, see, talk, interact and move around at the workshop using the tele-robot controls. The experience was fascinating, particularly as […]