Social Acceptance and Societal Readiness Levels

Monika Büscher and Nicola Spurling Social change is critical to rapid decarbonisation. Citizens’ active participation in energy management is ‘as critical as technology’ for sustainability[1]; not least because social innovation could support decarbonisation at scale, and faster than technical or infrastructural innovation[2].  However, technocratic conceptions of social acceptance and societal readiness are misdirected. Innovation cannot … Read more

DecarboN8 Launch Slides

The full slide presentation from our Launch last week is now available. You can also watch the video from the livestream on our Youtube channel. The Liftshare video from Slide 51 can be viewed here.

Aligning UK Car Emissions with the Paris Agreement

Contributed by Kevin Anderson Taking the temperature and equity commitments enshrined in the Paris Agreement at face value places mitigation demands on wealthy industrial nations far beyond anything thus far countenanced. Interpreting Paris through the science in the IPCC’s most recent report demonstrates the importance of living within a tight and rapidly dwindling carbon budget. … Read more

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Talking Transport at the Leeds Climate Strike

Shona McCulloch, DecarboN8 Network Coordinator The Climate Strike in Leeds on Friday was one of the best attended demonstrations I’ve seen over my years in the city. The atmosphere was energetic and optimistic, with people of all ages and backgrounds coming together in the sun to support the global youth-led movement to stop climate change. … Read more

DecarboN8 at the Newcastle Climate Strike

Dr Sara Walker, Newcastle University Today on 20th September I joined the climate strike. Newcastle University had an information stand outside Kings Gate Building, opposite the Civic Centre rally point for the Newcastle City climate strike. Staff were on hand to talk to colleagues, students and the public about our work, and how it can … Read more

Shared mobility – where now, where next? Second report of the Commission on Travel Demand

Today at the Smart Transport Conference in Birmingham, DecarboN8 lead, Greg Marsden, launched the CREDS (Commission on Travel Demand) Shared Mobility Inquiry report. The report makes 20 recommendations, outlining how the UK could use shared mobility to help meet our Net Zero by 2050 commitment. By ‘shared mobility’ the report refers to: Shared ownership: where use of a … Read more

DecarboN8: a new approach to place-based decarbonisation

Professor Greg Marsden, University of Leeds This blog celebrates the launch of a new research network called DecarboN8. The network is working with Universities across the N8 research partnership, local authorities and industry across the North to develop an integrated test bed and provide open data on carbon to enable researchers to tackle our critical … Read more