Making Net Zero Work with Bloomberg New Energy Finance

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Image Attribution: Bloomberg New Energy Finance Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) is the leading market intelligence and advisory service for the energy industry. Held on Oct 19-20th in the glitz of a Hyde Park hotel, the summit agenda included keynote talks from Claire Perry (former Minister for Climate Change) and Kwasi Kwarteng (current Minister of State in BEIS), as well as a host of […]

Airline’s ticket to a fossil-free future?

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Post written by Emilie Vrain Image Attribution: Harbour Air seaplane image by Pixabay reproduced under the license Creative Comms CC0. When Canadian airline ‘Harbour Air’ became the first 100% carbon neutral airline in 2007 through carbon offset payments, they didn’t want to stop there. A new partnership with MagniX who create electric motors has led to the development of what will be the […]

Lighting the way towards a low carbon future

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Post written by Emilie Vrain With smart lighting being among the most purchased smart home devices, researchers from Germany and Algeria have teamed up to investigate the economic, social and environmental impacts of their adoption. Using simulation models their results find that the payback period of such technologies is only a few years, and that […]

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 […]

What happens when you meet your hero?

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Amory Lovins has been arguing the case for efficiency-led system transformation for over 40 years. His landmark paper back in 1976 challenged the orthodoxy of ever-rising energy demand, and is summarised in Wikipedia thus: “Amory Lovins coined the term ‘soft energy path’ to describe an alternative future where energy efficiency and appropriate renewable energy sources steadily replace […]

“The Levitt Ring Model (1984, 1980) – a conceptual framework for understanding the attributes of low carbon innovations”

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The Levitt ring model is a long established framework distinguishing between different types of product and service attributes. It is heavily used and cited in marketing literature. It distinguishes between core, primary attributes that meet consumers’ most basic needs, and non-core, secondary and tertiary attributes that offer consumers additional sources of added value. In her work on the appealing attributes of low carbon […]

How can diverse social sciences contribute to demand-side transformation?

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Charlie Wilson travelled to Potsdam outside sunny Berlin for a symposium on how to achieve the 1.5°C climate target. The symposium brought together IPCC lead authors, scenario modelling experts, and policy stakeholders to identify integral elements of 1.5°C decarbonisation pathways and how climate policy ‘entry points’ can drive transformative change. Together with Felix Creutzig at […]

Meal kits: less C02…or more plastic pollution?

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Meal kits are becoming ever more popular. Companies such as HelloFresh or Mindful Chef offer consumers easy to cook, freshly prepared food without the fuss of planning meals or going to the shops. Two articles, Heard et al. (2019) and Fenton (2017), investigate the carbon intensity of meal kits and find they produce less CO2 emissions compared to the same meal bought from supermarkets. This is because the pre-portioned ingredients of meal kits reduce domestic food waste. However, Gee et al. (2019) suggest that meal kits may actually increase emissions because they use significantly more […]

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 […]