Presentation at the Open Food Network community gathering

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Mark Wilson presented results from his survey of online food hub users at this event, which was attended by people directly involved in the provision of sustainably produced food and building alternative food networks. His talk focused on two themes: i) the relative appeal of online food hubs, comparing the perceptions of users and non-users, and ii) how buying from food hubs fits within broader food shopping behaviours. More information about the event can be found here. 

Low-carbon innovations for managing the supply and use of energy in homes are likely to remain stuck in early-adopting market segments.

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In a recent review we find that innovations that build on home solar PV generation (e.g., electricity generation and storage, peer to peer electricity trading, vehicle to grid systems) fail to adequately challenge the incumbent model of passively using energy in the home. Their appeal is limited to a reduced set of core and non-core attributes which offer added value […]

“Widening transitions”, and participation, at the virtual NEST conference

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Laurie Kerr, a SILCI PhD researcher, recently presented at the virtual “NEST” conference (Network of Early Career Researchers in Sustainability Transitions).  The theme of this year’s conference was “widening transitions”, and saw over 70 PhD and early-career researchers participate online.  Laurie presented some of her survey findings exploring the theme of “trust” in peer-to-peer mobility innovations.  Her slides can be found here. 

Electric vehicles – government targets company fleets

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Hazel Pettifor a senior researcher with the SILCI team reflects on a new government incentive aimed at boosting electric vehicle adoption within company fleets.  From 2020 employees who opt for an EV through their company car scheme pay no benefit in kind (BIK) tax in 2020/21 and a reduced rate for two years following. The company car market remains a primary driver of new registrations for cars accounting for 8-9% of new vehicle registrations in 2018 (Department […]

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 […]

Social barriers to the adoption of smart home technologies

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Post written by Emilie Vrain A recent UK study by the SILCI team investigated the role of social networks and communication behaviours in the diffusion process of smart home technologies. An online survey with over 700 participants (adopters and non-adopters of smart heating, lighting and appliances) revealed potential social barriers to mass market adoption (shown in the image above). Results highlight the need to focus strategies on increasing non-adopters’ exposure to […]

Four visions of future mobility

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What could urban public transport look like in the year 2045?  Our future urban transport systems are likely to be influenced by different societal changes (including responding to climate change and an ageing population), and technological changes (including the growth of the sharing economy and the use of big data).  This article explores four possible scenarios along two […]

Focus on climate change and biodiversity at this year’s Oxford Real Farming Conference

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Three themes were especially salient at the ORFC 2020:  the criteria for allocating subsidies to farmers/land managers for providing public services such as flood prevention or enhancing biodiversity  the land sharing vs land sparing debate and the implications of these approaches for how we produce our food  a recognition of the climate crisis and the urgent need to reduce the carbon footprint of food and farming systems  Much of the discussion centred on how to support farmers, on already narrow profit […]

Disruption to meet net-zero

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Post written by Emilie Vrain. To reach net zero, rapid changes across society will be needed. A report published by UKERC provides insights into the level of disruption that could be required by various sectors. Extremely relevant to our SILCI project, the report highlights how heat, electricity, transport and construction may need to change to remain competitive and meet future carbon targets i.e. change their business models and operating practices or phase out core assets.