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Review of climate vulnerability assessment of Scotland’s marine environment and marine economy

The impacts of climate change on Scotland’s seas are expected to become more frequent and severe over the coming decades. This research reviews climate vulnerability assessments (CVAs) of natural and socio-economic marine systems.

Public awareness of climate risks and opportunities in Scotland

Research into the public’s awareness of the risks and opportunities from climate change. Findings will help provide a platform for more effective engagement at the community and society level.

The Land Capability for Agriculture: building a tool to enable climate change assessments

This report explores the potential for a new research tool to estimate land capability under future climatic conditions - the Land Capability of Scotland research platform. It draws on the Land Capability for Agriculture (LCA) classification for Scotland.

Greenhouse gas emissions from Scottish farming: an exploratory analysis of the Scottish Farm Business Survey and Agrecalc

This report explores how data on emissions and nitrogen from the Scottish Farm Business Survey, using Agrecalc, can be used to help design policies aimed at reducing emissions in a sustainable way. Agrecalc is a farm carbon calculator used widely within Scotland.

Understanding the impacts of emission trading systems and carbon border adjustment mechanisms on Scottish business

This research analyses the potential competitiveness impacts on Scottish businesses/industries of changes in carbon pricing policy. It has developed an approach to assess the impacts of Emission Trading Schemes (ETS) and Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanisms (CBAM).

The role and impact of innovation agencies - an international review

This report reviews scholarly literature and case study data on the role of public sector agencies in accelerating technological innovation. It aims to inform heat decarbonisation policy discussions in Scotland.

Soil governance in Scotland: mapping the institutional architecture - update

This research updates CXC's 2018 Soil Governance in Scotland report to reflect changes in policy and legislation for the conservation and management of soil in Scotland, with extensions to consider soil carbon and biodiversity.

Net zero behaviours in the recovery from COVID-19

This study explores the experience of behaviours with a positive or negative impact on net zero as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. It followed a cohort of people in Scotland through different phases of COVID-19 restrictions from July 2020 to June 2021.

Expanding Scottish energy data - electricity and heat

This project sets out new and improved methodologies for collecting and assessing energy data in Scotland on some categories of electricity and heat demand.

Implementing Scotland's landfill ban

The Scottish Government has committed to ending the practice of landfilling biodegradable municipal waste by 2025. This report assesses Scotland's residual waste treatment capacity requirements and the impact of the ban on Scotland’s GHG emissions.

The potential for an agroecological approach in Scotland: policy brief

This policy brief examines five different agroecological approaches that are currently practised in Scotland to determine their potential to support the delivery of policy targets relating to climate change, biodiversity, and food production.

Developing a Scottish CO2 utilisation economy

An investigation of the opportunities of CO2 utilisation technologies in Scotland. The report highlights potential economic opportunities for Scotland and identifies specific sectors and sub-sectors where development of utilisation technologies could have an impact.