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Should public policy support disruptive consumer innovations for climate change?

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SILCI researcher, Charlie Wilson, is off to Barcelona to present his answer to this question at the international conference of APPAM – the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. The short version of the answer is yes (because of the potential emission reduction outcomes) but with strategies for ‘de-risking’ the disruptive aspects to reduce […]

G20 recognises the importance of disruptive low-carbon innovations!

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Well … almost. The recent G20 ministerial meeting in Japan included the following in their final announcement: “We recognize the importance of quantitative analysis on better understanding future energy demand and the role of innovation driven by digitalization … and the sharing economy”. The SILCI team couldn’t agree more! The G20 added: “We encourage efforts […]

How do we know if a climate change ‘solution’ is consistent with 1.5°C pathways?

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Mission Innovation is the global initiative to double clean energy research and development, launched alongside the the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in 2015. In May 2019, energy and climate change ministers from around the world gathered in Vancouver, Canada, to discuss progress so far. Collaborating with Research Institutes Sweden, SILCI researcher Charlie Wilson contributed […]

Disruptive innovations in practice: Examples from around the world

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SILCI researcher, Charlie Wilson, was involved in a global scenario study published last year on how disruptive consumer innovations can help the world limit warming to 1.5°C. When presenting this work to policy, business, and academic stakeholders, the most common challenge was along the lines of … ‘this is all well and good, but where’s […]

How we use energy is an often forgotten part of sustainable energy transitions

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Norway is an interesting test case for national energy transitions with an almost 100% zero-carbon electricity system (from hydro), the highest uptake of EVs anywhere in the world, and sizeable public resources for supporting energy innovation (largely accrued from fossil fuel rents!). Trondheim is the Norway’s answer to Silicon Valley, hosting a large and well […]

Disruptive innovations still need regulatory approval

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Of the start ups showcasing their ideas at the Technoport 2019 conference in Trondheim, the tech capital of Norway, one stood out as offering both a potentially disruptive innovation and potential emission reductions. Invertapro breeds black soldier flies and mealworm beetles for use as protein substitutes in both human and animal food chains. Although they […]

SILCI Bulletin on Disruptive Consumer Innovations and Climate Change

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SILCI Bulletin on Disruptive Consumer Innovations and Climate Change December 2018   As the nations of the world gather in Poland for the latest round of climate change negotiations, the imperative to reduce emissions grows ever stronger. Disruptive consumer innovations have an essential part to play – from shared mobility and smarter homes to peer-to-peer […]

Presentation on disruptive innovation and the 1.5oC target at the International Energy Agency

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Charlie Wilson visited the International Energy Agency in Paris to present research on the potential contribution of disruptive consumer innovations to accelerated energy-system transformation in line with the 1.5oC climate target. This follows the recent IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5oC which had a dedicated (if short) section on disruptive innovation. Have a […]