3D printer

Grassroots innovation in low energy digital fabrication

Rapid advances in open-source, small-scale digital design and fabrication technologies are opening up new possibilities for decentralised, networked, user-led manufacturing. A confluence of new technologies (e.g. the 3-D printing ‘revolution’), new business models (e.g. ‘personalised manufacturing’), and new social movements (e.g. ‘open-source, commons-based, peer-production’), are prompting claims about the ‘reconfiguration’ of production and consumption. For …

train station at rush hour

Innovations in urban transport

Why do innovations in low-energy transport emerge and develop more rapidly in some cities than in others? What can local governments and stakeholders do to stimulate the success of such innovations?

Transforming the Low Energy Housing sector

“Insulation is not sexy. Energy efficiency is not sexy. Putting more insulation in your walls that you will never see and you will never even know is there, is not sexy.  But your bills are a bit lower,” said Alex Hunt, a sustainable building consultant and partner with Bright Green Homes. Is it time for …

Past Event

Warmer, Healthier and Fairer: Tackling Fuel Poverty

22 November, 2016 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Westminster, London

Dr Mari Martiskainen was one of the key speakers at ‘Warmer, Healthier and Fairer: Tackling Fuel Poverty’ event organised by Public Policy Exchange. Other key speakers at the event included MP Alan Whitehead, James Kerry, Senior Policy Advisor at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy as well as Paul Massara, member of the …

Intermediary actors in low energy transitions

Intermediary actors can be crucial for bringing about low energy transitions. This blog explores what they are and provides some key insights about intermediaries in low energy transitions. It has long been recognised that changing the way we produce and use energy is of crucial importance to tackle the challenges related to depleting fuel resources and …

Past Event

CIED and the STEPS Centre co-host workshop on makerspaces and sustainable development

26 October, 2015 9:00 am - 27 October, 2015 3:00 pm
Machines Room, London

In order to discuss issues and identify strategies for makerspaces in sustainable development Professor Adrian Smith organised a two-day event on “How can makerspaces, fablabs and hackerspaces help cultivate sustainable developments?”.  The workshop, which was funded by CIED and co-hosted with the STEPS Centre, took place over two days in the Machines Room in London, …