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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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!
Charlie Wilson travelled to Portugal to present findings from the SILCI project at a conference on ‘Rapid and Deep Decarbonisation’ in Viseu, an old city of 250,000 inhabitants in the middle of the country. The conference was opened by the city mayor who presented a compelling vision of Viseu as a smart city of the […]
The Boston Consulting Group has examined whether car-sharing poses a disruptive threat to car manufacturers. They find that by 2021, over 35 million people worldwide will use shared vehicles for around 25 million hours of driving time. However, they don’t think there will be a big impact on new car sales as most sharers will […]
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.
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.
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 […]
New research by Charlie Wilson with colleagues from IIASA in Vienna is finding that small-scale energy technologies offer a wide range of potential benefits to users, and to the energy system as a whole. Charlie gave a talk summarising the findings so far during a visit to the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the […]