Participation in the sharing economy grows in the UK

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The sharing economy is a disruptive business model, in which people conduct sharing activities in the form of renting, lending, trading, bartering, and swapping of goods and services.  A recent report published by Warwick Business School estimates that 62% of the UK population have participated in the sharing economy in some form, and participation has increased by 60% […]

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 […]

Trade your solar power with your neighbours: the promise of peer–to peer energy trading networks

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Peer–to–peer energy trading networks, across which people can trade self–produced renewable energy, are generating much excitement and have been described as ‘game–changers’ to incumbent energy markets.  Among the numerous benefits for the so-called ‘prosumers’, actively trading energy in real time reduces the uncertainty associated with renewable energy generation and contributes to a sustainable balance of production and consumption […]

Slide Bristol – A smart bus for Bristol

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In August 2016 a new app based on demand shared ride service ‘Slide’ was launched in Bristol, the first of its kind in the UK. Developed by French Group RATP Dev, customers use an Uber style booking interface to locate a vehicle and pick up point close to their home. The service covers key car commuting routes around Bristol and runs at peak commuting times. If […]

What does it mean to be a ‘smart citizen’?

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In their recent publication, de Waal and Dignum explore the role of citizens in various conceptions of ‘the smart city’.  While the dominant discourse surrounding smart cities has been notably ‘techno–centric and top-down’, there has recently been an observed shift towards a new paradigm of ‘bottom-up’ smart city initiatives, harnessing citizens to create and use smart services.  In particular, de […]

Watch out for “Roboats”

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Much has been written on driverless cars, but what about driverless boats? Research teams from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions are trying to design and test the world’s first fleet of autonomous boats in the city of Amsterdam. Apart from transporting goods and people, these ‘roboats‘ can create temporary floating bridges and also monitor water quality using environmental sensors. Amsterdam was chosen as the ideal […]

Why do homeowners decide to renovate with energy efficiency measures?

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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.

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 […]