Reducing plastic in food packaging

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Plastics used in food packaging are a significant contributor to plastic pollution, a serious problem which was documented recently in the Blue Planet II series. In this short clip, Guy Singh-Watson from Riverford explains what he sees as three interrelated causes of plastic pollution: unnecessary food packaging, the use of oxo–degradable bags which create micro–plastics, and the lack of a standardised recycling policy for local councils. Keeping food fresh is important for consumer appeal and avoiding food waste, so although paper packaging may entail higher carbon emissions than plastics, it is our best option. 

Transforming energy services to meet the 1.5oC climate target

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Charlie Wilson gave a public lecture at his old alma mater, the University of British Columbia, on new research showing how to meet the 1.5oC climate target by transforming energy services. Examples of potentially disruptive innovations that can significantly reduce the energy required to provide useful services include shared mobility, pre-fabricated whole home energy retrofits, […]

Food wasted on farms? Just call the gleaners…

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Gleaning unwanted produce from farms has been a practice for centuries and it is making a comeback in several European countries, according to the Gleaning Network. This BBC clip explains how volunteers help to avoid food waste by harvesting the unwanted produce and sending it to food redistribution charities. This benefits the farmers, by reducing the prevalence of pests, and reduces the environmental impacts […]

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 […]

Disruptive trends for global sustainability

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A new online platform is tracking potentially disruptive ‘mega-trends’ which can contribute to global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Launched by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), the ‘SDG Trend Scanner’ has data on trends ranging from ageing, automation, digitalisation to climate change, social instability, and vulnerable employment. As the […]

Networking with social network analysts

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Our newest member of the SILCI research team, Emilie Vrain, recently attended the Sunbelt conference in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Sunbelt (originally held in places such as Hawaii and Florida, giving rise to it’s name) is an annual event to bring together social scientists, mathematicians, computer scientists, ethnologists, public health experts and many others, who all […]

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% […]

Potentially disruptive innovations – like EVs – have often been around for a while

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At the workshops we ran a year ago on disruptive low-carbon innovations, one of our keynote speakers, Kathryn Myronuk, made an interesting comment along the lines of: “I don’t get excited by the new stuff being invented, I’m interested in the stuff that’s been around for some time but is being combined in new ways […]