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Livestock breeds and greenhouse gas emissions

Different animals emit different levels of greenhouse gases. This report pulls together the current evidence for different types, size and breeds of cattle in Scotland.

A framework for benchmarking greenhouse gas emissions intensity in Scottish farming

This research was designed to develop a robust method for generating intensity data for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on Scottish farms.

Mitigation measures in the ‘smart inventory’: Practical abatement potential in Scottish agriculture

This report summarises the extent certain agricultural practice changes in Scotland are (or could be) recognised in the smart inventory.

Payment for carbon sequestration in soils: A scoping study

This report examines how Scotland’s agricultural soils might sequester carbon as part of an overall approach to mitigate against, and adapt to, climate change.

Climate benefits of forest-to-bog restoration on deep peat – Policy briefing

This briefing draws together the results of several projects that examined how the peatland responds when trees are removed from former conifer plantations on deep peat and the drainage channels are blocked.

Defining ‘cost effectiveness’ for energy efficiency improvements in buildings

Pros and cons of using different definitions of cost effectiveness in relation to energy efficiency investments in homes and non-domestic buildings.

The potential contribution of bioenergy to Scotland’s energy system

The Scottish Energy Strategy sets out an ambition for 50% of all energy consumed in Scotland to come from renewable sources by 2030. One of the actions to achieve this is developing a bioenergy action plan.

Disruption and Continuity in the UK Energy Transition: What do the experts think?

The way we generate, distribute and consume energy is changing, and many observers anticipate accelerated changes ahead. This project presents the results of a UKERC/CXC survey of UK energy experts and stakeholders.

Comparative analysis of farm-based carbon audits

This report is a comparative analysis of farm-based carbon audits. It draws together evidence on the effectiveness of existing tools deployed in the UK, Europe and the wider world.

The Impact of Energy System Decarbonisation and Decentralisation on Scotland’s Electrical System

The opportunities for, and implications of, Scotland moving towards smart local energy systems that are driven by sustainable decarbonising energy resources.

Lessons from European regulation and practice for Scottish district heating regulation

This report looks at lessons from the regulation of district heating in seven European countries. It builds on two public consultations relating to regulation and is intended to inform the Scottish Government regarding the potential introduction of regulation and the form it should take.

Energy efficiency policy analysis with TIMES

Using scenarios to analyse different approaches for energy efficiency within TIMES, the whole energy system modelling framework used by the Scottish Government to inform energy and climate change policy decisions.