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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.

Soil erosion and compaction in Scottish soils: adapting to a changing climate

This report collates the current state of confident knowledge for Scotland – what we know, what we don’t know and what is under active debate.

Delivering social care in a changing climate

Investigating how the social care sector is planning for, dealing with and learning from extreme weather events and incremental climate change.

Agroforestry in Scotland – potential benefits in a changing climate

This report identifies the potential benefits of increasing the use of agroforestry practice in Scotland to both farmers and wider society and aims to support wider discussion and implementation.

Climate Change, Natural Capital and Adaptation in Scotland’s Marginal Lands

Assessment of dominant ways farmers adapt to climate change, and their impact on different services.

Lessons on risk management from the finance sector for climate change adaptation in Scotland’s forestry sector

Exploring how risk measurement and management approaches used in the financial sector can apply to the Scottish forestry sector.

Emission intensity of Scottish agricultural commodities

Developing a model to quantify the greenhouse gas emission intensity of Scottish agricultural commodities

Soil governance in Scotland

Understanding the extent of the different legislative and policy mechanisms for the conservation and management of soil in Scotland, and how they relate to key national institutions.

The ‘Payment for Ecosystem Services’ approach - relevance to climate change

This report explores the approach known as Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES). It looks at the types of schemes used and how they are variously defined, structured and implemented.