Collecting data from the public is hard but rewarding

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After two days ensconced with members of the public eliciting their perceptions of consumer-facing low-carbon innovations, the SILCI team adjourned to the pub for a well earned drink. (Please note: No public research funding was spent on this activity!). As well as generating reams of data, the workshops were an important reminder to us researchers […]

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 […]

Will tele-robots reduce the need for flying?

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Charlie Wilson participated via tele-robot in the X-CAC workshop taking place in Stockholm on Exponential Climate Action for Cities. Sitting with a cup of tea in his kitchen, Charlie logged in via the internet to listen, see, talk, interact and move around at the workshop using the tele-robot controls. The experience was fascinating, particularly as […]

Rapid decarbonisation using ‘granular’ technologies

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Charlie Wilson joined colleagues from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Lisbon to present new research on rapidly transforming energy systems using small-sized, modular, distributed technologies scaled to user needs. The team also found time to analyse the potential impacts of climate change on a key Portuguese industry: wine making!

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.

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 […]