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Perennial energy crops and their potential in Scotland: evidence review

This report examines the potential for a sustainable expansion of perennial bioenergy crop production on low-grade agricultural land or underutilised land, focusing on short rotation coppice, miscanthus and short rotation forestry.

Creating a pipeline for industrial decarbonisation in Scotland: Promoting project progression

This report aims to develop a greater understanding of industrial decarbonisation projects in Scottish energy-intensive industries (EIIs), to catalogue the pipeline of such projects, and identify overarching decarbonisation themes.

Operating a zero-carbon GB power system: implications for Scotland

The British electricity sector landscape has changed as more renewables, particularly solar and wind, are connected to the power system. This report examines the far-reaching implications for the operation of national electricity networks and makes recommendations to help ensure security of supply.

Domestic energy consumers: Understanding the impact of changes in the energy policy landscape

This set of reports explores the changes in the energy policy landscape and how they will impact domestic energy consumers. It aims to support the Scottish Government's work on consumer engagement and protection as part of Scotland’s low-carbon transition.

Climate Challenge Fund behaviours framework identifying behaviour, knowledge and social norms as the components of climate change engagement.
Climate change engagement – Assessing the impacts of the Climate Challenge Fund

Case study evidence to understand and capture how Climate Challenge Fund supported community projects are having an impact on the ground, and how to monitor success in the future.

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.