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Direct greenhouse gas emissions from low and zero carbon heating systems

An analysis of direct, point-of-use greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with zero carbon heating technologies.

Green Building Passports: a review for Scotland

A report on the purpose, structure and use of Green Building Passports (GBPs), along with the main barriers and opportunities when considering their possible introduction in Scotland.

The potential for agroforestry to reduce net GHG emissions in Scotland through the Woodland Carbon Code

This report assesses the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through different forms of agroforestry. Agroforestry combines trees and agriculture on the same plot of land.

Managing permanent grasslands for carbon sequestration in Scottish soils

This project synthesises the best state of knowledge on the effect of management practices on soil carbon sequestration in permanent, managed Scottish grasslands and modelled potential application.

Clean heat and energy efficiency workforce assessment

A review of the current capabilities and skills along the supply chain of the energy efficiency and low carbon heating technologies in Scotland, The research identifies the skills gaps and analyses the potential options to fill these gaps to meet the targets set out in the Heat in Buildings Strategy.

Climate action on Scottish islands: an initial mapping of the landscape

This research explores the available data for climate change action on Scottish islands, especially in relation to climate accounting exercises and good practices in dealing with the climate change emergency.

Scottish saltmarsh, sea-level rise, and the potential for managed realignment to deliver blue carbon gains

An assessment of the potential for managed realignment of Scotland’s coastline to create suitable areas for saltmarsh habitats within the intertidal environment specifically for blue carbon benefits.

Electric vehicle enabled buildings: evidence review of installation costs

Establishing the difference in cost between installing electric vehicle (EV) charge points during initial construction or major renovation of a building as opposed to retrofitting at a later date.

Tidal Flooding on the Clyde Options Analysis and Scoping of Adaptation Pathways

Research to help frame actions and decisions at a local, regional and national level around future flood resilience and long-term adaptation on the Clyde. It supports adaptation pathways as a decision-making tool to adapt to climate change and the inherent uncertainties of future risk.

Taking a managed adaptive approach to flood risk management planning – evidence for guidance

Research to inform guidance by investigating how local authorities are currently developing adaptive flood risk management plans. The report looks at case studies across Scotland.

Understanding carbon sequestration from nature-based solutions

This report examines the potential of nature-based solutions to contribute to Scotland’s net-zero emissions target while bringing biodiversity benefits.

Assessing greenhouse gas emissions from Scotland’s fishing fleet

This study assesses greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy use on fishing vessel. It considers a range of characteristics including vessel length, engine power, areas operated and species targeted.