Environmental benefits of shared e-scooters brought into question

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In cities across the world, dockless electric scooters are becoming an ever-more common sight.  These are often promoted as being an environmentally friendly way on travelling within a city, but this recent research paper by Joseph Hollingsworth and his colleagues finds that the truth behind these claims is more complicated.  When taking into account the materials and […]

SILCI goes to Utrecht, the Netherlands

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Laurie Kerr, a SILCI PhD researcher, recently participated the 6th International Workshop on the Sharing Economy, held in Utrecht, the Netherlands.    The 3 day event brought together over 100 attendees from academia, local government, and businesses.  During the series of thematic parallel sessions, participants shared and discussed their insights into different themes of sharing economy, including the roles […]

SILCI goes to Cambridge! 

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Laurie Kerr, a SILCI PhD Researcher, recently attended the CEEDA (Cambridge and EnvEast Doctoral Alliance) symposium at Cambridge University.  She gave a plenary presentation about peer-to-peer mobility innovations, and how they can potentially reduce travel-related CO2 emissions.     Peer-to-peer ride sharing (where individuals are matched and travel in a car with others making the same journey), and peer-to-peer car sharing (where […]

Norwich is named the UK’s first sharing city

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Norwich recently became the first city in the UK to join the Sharing City Alliance, which is a global network of cities which enables knowledge-sharing.  Together, the cities in the Sharing City Alliance can share experiences of the opportunities and challenges of the sharing economy.  The sharing economy challenges the model of private ownership, and promises to contribute to a more sustainable model of consumption through […]

Celebrating European Mobility Week in the European Green Capital for 2018

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The 16th – 22nd September 2018 marks the annual European Mobility Week.  The Dutch city of Nijmegen, which is the 2018 European Green Capital, will hold a week of events promoting sustainable mobility.  The week will culminate in a public ‘innovation festival’, presenting mobility innovations and exploring the future of zero-emission mobility.  SILCI’s Laurie Kerr got to experience the opening festival.  This took place on what is […]

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% […]

The sharing economy: beyond Uber and AirBnB

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The sharing economy is transforming the ways in which people access and use goods and services, and challenges traditional, ownership-based, business models.  This short article from the World Economic Forum explores how people in 5 cities across the world are embracing the concept of sharing economy, and highlights the scale and scope of goods and services being ‘shared’ today.  If […]

Charge your electric car on a strangers drive

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Zap-Map, a UK – based multi-platform map showing charging points for electric vehicles (EV), has launched 2 new peer–to–peer charging networks.  Zap-Home allows people who own an EV charge point to share their charge point with other EV users, possibly for a fee, which the owner determines.  Similarly, Zap-Work is targeted at businesses with charging points who can choose to share […]

The Dutch energy supplier keeping renewable energy in the community

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Can you imagine buying your electricity directly from the neighbour using their solar PV panels?  Or from the local farmer with wind turbines in their fields? The Dutch start–up Vandebron (meaning ‘from the source’) enables consumers to do just that.  By paying a monthly fee to Vandebron, the 100,000 current consumers can view the profiles of local renewable electricity producers with excess capacity and […]