ClimateXChange brings scientists and policy makers together to create policies that are informed by the best available evidence.

We act both as a knowledge broker between researchers and policy, and as a research provider. We seek to deliver the best ideas, knowledge and evidence to policy teams, and to deliver effective pathways to impact for Scottish researchers.

CXC activities on the route from evidence need to net zero by 2045

Long Description

We use co-production and flexible deliver, networks and connections, and build capacity and understanding across policy and research to fill evidence gaps on route to a net zero Scotland by 2045.

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We have two ways of working:

1. A co-produced multi-disciplinary research programme

We work in partnership with the Scottish Government and its agencies to respond to questions and requests for evidence, identify upcoming evidence needs, and then independently plan our research and analysis to meet policy timelines. It is a flexible research programme, co-developed with policy colleagues to deliver research syntheses, desk-reviews, in-depth studies, reports and other outputs.


Our research delivery model: based on the research we synthesise, translate and package the evidence before delivering to our policy client.

2. Knowledge brokering

We facilitate conversations and broker knowledge across sectors, disciplines and institutions to provide new insights for policy. This is done through a variety of forms, from workshops and seminars to introducing new tools and techniques on topics including priorities for peatland research and community energy development. Knowledge exchange builds relationships and networks, and gives policy-makers access to a research network far beyond CXC. 



View our recent projects

Monitoring soil health in Scotland by land use category - a scoping study

This short scoping study considers 13 potential indicators, identified in earlier CXC research, and considers their strategic relevance to monitoring soil health in the context of existing land use Scotland.

Improving the market benefits for lower-carbon industrial production in Scotland

This report investigates the potential for demand-side policy interventions to incentivise the decarbonisation of Scotland’s energy-intensive industries (EIIs). EIIs account for approximately 15% of Scotland's greenhouse gas emissions.

Industrial Strategy in Scotland: A review of cluster-based initiatives

This report considers historic efforts of industrial clustering in Scotland, highlighting opportunities and challenges of cluster policy making across both manufacturing and innovation. The research is part of analysing green industrial strategy in Scotland, particularly in relation to the low carbon heat sector.

Review of gas and electricity levies and their impact on low-carbon heating uptake

This evidence review examines whether rebalancing of levies and charges between electricity and gas supplies might impact the deployment of low-carbon and renewable heat in both domestic and non-domestic settings.