Below are some of our recently updated projects.

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Electric vehicle enabled buildings: evidence review of installation costs

Establishing the difference in cost between installing electric vehicle (EV) charge points during initial construction or major renovation of a building as opposed to retrofitting at a later date.

Tidal Flooding on the Clyde Options Analysis and Scoping of Adaptation Pathways

Research to help frame actions and decisions at a local, regional and national level around future flood resilience and long-term adaptation on the Clyde. It supports adaptation pathways as a decision-making tool to adapt to climate change and the inherent uncertainties of future risk.

Taking a managed adaptive approach to flood risk management planning – evidence for guidance

Research to inform guidance by investigating how local authorities are currently developing adaptive flood risk management plans. The report looks at case studies across Scotland.

Understanding carbon sequestration from nature-based solutions

This report examines the potential of nature-based solutions to contribute to Scotland’s net-zero emissions target while bringing biodiversity benefits.

Assessing greenhouse gas emissions from Scotland’s fishing fleet

This study assesses greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy use on fishing vessel. It considers a range of characteristics including vessel length, engine power, areas operated and species targeted.

Land Use Partnerships using a natural capital approach: lessons for Scotland

Regional Land Use Partnerships (RLUPs) are being set up in Scotland to help achieve climate change targets. This project examines evidence from the UK and Europe for the use of the natural capital approach in successful partnership-working across multiple sectors and landownership boundaries.

Comparing Scottish bioenergy supply and demand in the context of Net-Zero targets

Biomass can contribute to negative emissions when deployed as Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS). This report looks at domestic supply and demand within decarbonisation pathways and the required scale of BECCS.

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).