Understanding the role of cities in climate transformations

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During the summer, SILCI PhD student Laurie Kerr participated in the two-week Bergen Summer Research School course “Cities in climate and energy transformations”.  This course explored the different roles cities and urban regions around the world can play in climate and energy transformations through a range of lectures, workshops, and discussions.  Laurie’s research is looking […]

Limiting Global Warming to 1.5°C – Without Magic Bullets

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Charlie Wilson gave a virtual introductory keynote talk at the #REMforum conference on “System Change, not Climate Change” in Switzerland (while sitting in his kitchen, of course). The conference brought together stakeholders from finance, business, policy, and research to explore ways of accelerating renewables deployment and wider low-carbon transformation as we emerge from the pandemic. Charlie outlined a vision of a 1.5°C […]

Potential Climate Benefits of Digital Consumer Innovations

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Do digital consumer innovations help reduce carbon emissions? The SILCI team scoured the literature for studies that quantified impacts on activity, energy, or emissions as a result of using digital consumer innovations. They focused on 33 innovations across mobility, food, homes and energy domains – ranging from shared ride-hailing apps and digital farmers’ markets to smart home technologies and ‘demand response’ (domestic appliances temporarily powering down when […]

Short food supply chains and Covid

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One of the findings from Mark Wilson’s research is that consumers believe online farmers’ markets provide multiple public benefits, such as protecting the environment or supporting the local economy. With the onset of the pandemic, another co-benefit emerged…the resilience of short supply chains to an external shock. Food hubs using the Open Food Network platform experienced a 900% increase in demand, literally overnight. They fulfilled this demand by contacting the producers who normally supply the hospitality sector, which was now locked down, and […]