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 […]

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.

Strong regional variation in the uptake of low-carbon innovations

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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 […]

The emotional concerns of potential public transport users

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A number of cities in the UK are developing services to attract people towards using public transport.  Important research by Steve Stradling found that people fear the uncertainty of using public transport, feel vulnerable and resist the mental effort required to plan and execute journeys.  In contrast driving a car offers control and autonomy as well as an opportunity for the driver to express individuality.