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Mapping of district heating feasibility studies in Scotland

This study collects, analyses and maps data relating to previous district heating feasibility studies in Scotland. District heating feasibility study data, obtained primarily from industry stakeholders, was analysed to identify common barriers restricting district heating development and to map study locations.

Air and energy accounts for Scotland

This report details a study to produce a set of ‘air and energy accounts’ for Scotland for all years from 1998 to 2018, equivalent to ONS UK Environmental Accounts tables on Emissions and Energy. It supports implementation of the policies and proposals within the current Climate Change Plan published in 2018.

Potential sources of waste heat for heat networks in Scotland

This study supports emerging policy aimed at the development and deployment of low-carbon heat networks (or district heating) by examining potential waste heat sources that have received limited attention in Scotland.

Public awareness of and attitudes to low-carbon heating technologies

This evidence review examines Scottish consumers’ awareness of and attitudes towards low-carbon heating technologies and the consumer drivers and barriers to their take-up.

Good practice principles for grid-scale battery storage

This report examines the role that grid-scale battery storage could play in providing a resilient, affordable electricity network and in furthering Scotland’s net-zero transition.

Greenhouse gas emissions and infrastructure investment decisions

This report was commissioned to help the Scottish Government assess and report on the alignment between its investment in infrastructure and Scotland’s climate goals.

Topsoil organic matter comparison tool

CXC commissioned the James Hutton Institute to develop a free, easy-to-use tool for land managers to enable them to compare the measured organic matter and carbon content of their topsoil to typical values for Scotland.

Measuring the vulnerability of Scottish soils to a changing climate

This study identifies the indicators which could support the monitoring of Scotland's soil health and measure the vulnerability of Scottish soils to climate change in future.

Understanding and engaging the public on climate change

Drawing together what we know about Scots' attitudes to climate change and the merits of different ways to engage them on the issue.

Land Suitability for Woodland Expansion in Scotland: update 2020

This short study updates an earlier analysis of the available land area that might be suitable for planting new woodlands. It finds the amount has increased by 10% to an estimated 2.96 million hectares.

Property flood resilience - Scottish baseline study

This study provides a baseline best estimate of the potential for property flood resilience (PFR) and current uptake. Potentially around 81,000 properties may benefit from some kind of PFR measure.

Establishing a manure/slurry exchange in Scotland

A feasibility study into whether manure/slurry exchanges could be an effective tool in helping cut greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture.