Welcome to ClimateXChange - Scotland's centre of expertise on climate change. We provide independent advice, research and analysis to support the Scottish Government as it develops and implements policies on adapting to the changing climate and the transition to a low carbon society. more…
Agriculture is a key business in Scotland, covering 80% of the landmass. Apart from producing food and drink, agriculture is also important for biodiversity, in maintaining water quality and for vital ecosystem services. more…
The way we construct and use our built environment generates substantial greenhouse gas emissions. more…
Energy is critical in our everyday lives and to keep public services, industry and businesses running. The way we currently produce and use energy contributes significantly to climate change. more…
Forests are an important carbon sink, through the tree crop, vegetation and soil. This gives Scotland’s forests a key role in reducing climate change. Managing and expanding forests and restoring suitable afforested peatland sites are important to increase the carbon storage capacity. more…
Scotland’s rich flora and fauna are an important part of people’s everyday life. They underpin many aspects of Scotland’s economy and the health and wellbeing of its people. Caring for, and protecting, the natural environment is critical; it is also challenging as our climate changes. more…
In the spotlight
Have your say on the draft for the new Climate Change Bill
Energy and climate change update
Review of actions taken by countries and regions to meet ambitious climate goals
A review of greenhouse gas reduction aspirations and their legislation across selected countries and regions
Using the TIMES model in developing energy policy
Potential for using the TIMES model to understand the system impacts of energy efficiency improvements
A scoping study on assessment practices for noise impacts from renewable technologies
Follow-on study considering the assessment of noise impacts for hydro schemes and air source heat pumps..
European climate change case studies
A set of case studies focusing on heat, transport and agricultural policies across Europe.
Review of Light and Shadow Effects from Wind Turbines in Scotland
A review of how light and shadow effects from wind farms are considered in the development planning process in Scotland
Muirburn, peatland and peat soils
This evidence assessment look at the impact of using muirburn as a land management tool.