Potentially disruptive innovations in the home typically involve smart, digital, responsive technologies for managing energy. But structural renovations to make the home more efficient still offer the biggest potential energy savings. New research by the SILCI team explains why homeowners decide to undertake these renovations, with important implications for policymakers.
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.
New research published in Energy Policy identifies local hotspots and coldspots of energy-efficiency activity in response to the same national policy framework. Led by Craig Morton at Leeds University with the support of Charlie Wilson from the SILCI project, the research also found strong evidence of social influence effects through which high levels of activity […]
New research by Charlie Wilson with colleagues from IIASA in Vienna is finding that small-scale energy technologies offer a wide range of potential benefits to users, and to the energy system as a whole. Charlie gave a talk summarising the findings so far during a visit to the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the […]
From October 2017, three new researchers have joined the SILCI team for the duration of their PhDs. Emma Cassar joins us from the Maltese government where she has been working jointly with the European Commission on climate change policy. Laurie Kerr has moved back to the UK from Holland where she has completed her Masters […]
Charlie Wilson gave a talk on disruptive low carbon innovation at the biennial Summer Study of the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. The talk was based on a longer conference paper examining the relevance of Christensen’s ideas on disruptive innovation for sustainable energy. The full paper is available here; slides from the talk […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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: