How new things spread – from viruses to low-carbon innovations

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Charlie Wilson gave a talk to the Oxford Energy Network on “How do new things spread? The diffusion of digital low-carbon innovations”. Charlie explored the many analogies between the underlying mechanisms of virus transmission – about which we’ve all sadly become armchair experts – and the underlying mechanisms of innovation diffusion. He then showed a range of new evidence from the SILCI project demonstrating the […]

Social networks and communication behaviour underlying smart home adoption

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Post written by Emilie Vrain A new article from the SILCI team published in ‘Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions’ demonstrates the importance of studying social networks and communication behaviour to provide insights into potential obstacles for rapid diffusion of low carbon innovations. Using smart home technology as a case study, this paper identifies marketing strategies and policy actions using social […]

New Article Published by SILCI Team on Digital Consumer Innovations

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The SILCI team have a new open access paper published in Annual Review of Environment and Resources. Here’s a taster in the form of a mock interview!    What is your article about?  Our article analyses a range of digital innovations available to consumers for providing alternative low-carbon forms of mobility, food buying, and domestic living. We […]

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 […]

Distributed & Digitalised Demand – The 3Ds of Clean Energy Transitions

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Charlie Wilson participated in an online conference hosted by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) as part of the Clean Energy Ministerial process launched alongside the Paris Climate Agreement. Due to take place in Berlin from March 25-27, the ‘International Forum on Long-Term Energy Scenarios’ was hastily converted to a virtual format – one of many […]

Are low-carbon innovations appealing?  A typology of functional, symbolic, private and public attributes

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A new paper published in Energy Research and Social Science by the SILCI team concludes low carbon innovations across four key consumer domains offer unique sources of added value over and above incumbent technologies. The paper draws on empirical research conducted by the team in Norwich.  Sixty seven people participated in a series of structured elicitation exercises, discussing and quantifying the […]

Exponential Emission Reductions are Required

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A new ‘Exponential Carbon Roadmap 1.5‘ provides 36 solutions for cutting global greenhouse gas emissions by 50% over the next decade, and each successive decade thereafter. Timed to stimulate debate and action at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York, the roadmap sets out a comprehensive, challenging but achievable programme of action for staying on track […]

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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 […]

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 […]