Below are some of our recently updated projects.

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The role and impact of innovation agencies - an international review

This report reviews scholarly literature and case study data on the role of public sector agencies in accelerating technological innovation. It aims to inform heat decarbonisation policy discussions in Scotland.

Soil governance in Scotland: mapping the institutional architecture - update

This research updates CXC's 2018 Soil Governance in Scotland report to reflect changes in policy and legislation for the conservation and management of soil in Scotland, with extensions to consider soil carbon and biodiversity.

Net zero behaviours in the recovery from COVID-19

This study explores the experience of behaviours with a positive or negative impact on net zero as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. It followed a cohort of people in Scotland through different phases of COVID-19 restrictions from July 2020 to June 2021.

Expanding Scottish energy data - electricity and heat

This project sets out new and improved methodologies for collecting and assessing energy data in Scotland on some categories of electricity and heat demand.

Implementing Scotland's landfill ban

The Scottish Government has committed to ending the practice of landfilling biodegradable municipal waste by 2025. This report assesses Scotland's residual waste treatment capacity requirements and the impact of the ban on Scotland’s GHG emissions.

The potential for an agroecological approach in Scotland: policy brief

This policy brief examines five different agroecological approaches that are currently practised in Scotland to determine their potential to support the delivery of policy targets relating to climate change, biodiversity, and food production.

Developing a Scottish CO2 utilisation economy

An investigation of the opportunities of CO2 utilisation technologies in Scotland. The report highlights potential economic opportunities for Scotland and identifies specific sectors and sub-sectors where development of utilisation technologies could have an impact.

Review of international delivery of negative emission technologies

A collection of international case studies relevant to negative emissions technologies (NETs) projects covering direct air capture with carbon capture and storage (DACCS); and bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS). The report explores their applicability to deployment in Scotland.

Future mobility systems

Insight into public perceptions of the Scottish Government’s commitment to reduce car kilometres travelled by 20% by 2030. It considers issues like car clubs and other enabling measures, and messaging around reducing car use.

Security of Scottish electricity supply - gauging the perceptions of industry stakeholders

This report examines security of electricity supply in Scotland in the context of Scotland's ambitious emissions reductions targets, the increase in renewable sources and the phasing out of nuclear power.

Monitoring soil health in Scotland by land use category - a scoping study

This short scoping study considers 13 potential indicators, identified in earlier CXC research, and considers their strategic relevance to monitoring soil health in the context of existing land use Scotland.

Improving the market benefits for lower-carbon industrial production in Scotland

This report investigates the potential for demand-side policy interventions to incentivise the decarbonisation of Scotland’s energy-intensive industries (EIIs). EIIs account for approximately 15% of Scotland's greenhouse gas emissions.