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Climate Change Public Conversations Series

The Scottish Government initiated the Climate Conversations project to encourage discussion about climate change with the Scottish public. To support...

Members’ motivations for joining car clubs

Increasing the use of car clubs is an opportunity to reduce carbon emissions from transport in Scotland. This research analysed...

Evaluation of perceived quality of service for bus transport in Scotland

Buses are the most popular form of public transport in Scotland, accounting for 77% of public transport journeys. Increasing the...

Assessing the consideration of flood risk by Scottish local planning authorities

Flooding represents one of the key threats facing Scotland’s natural and built environment, communities and economic activity. The planning system...

Electrification of heat demand

This project looks at the potential impacts of electrifying a proportion of heat demand, and examines specific technology types against...

Effectiveness of greenhouse gas emission policies in local development plans

The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 sets a target to reduce Scotland’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80 per cent...

Assessing climate risk to Notified Features

Many conservation activities are focussed around what are known as Notified Features. These are the specific features of a site,...

Life-cycle assessment of GHG emissions from unconventional gas extraction in Scotland

Unconventional gas is a growing industry worldwide and there is interest in developing the industry (particularly coal bed methane and...

The Smart Accelerator: A Qualitative Process Evaluation

The Smart Accelerator was designed to help Smart city, community and sustainable island projects in Scotland to transition from initial...

On-farm technologies for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in Scotland

This report looks at options for reducing the greenhouse gas emissions from Scottish Farms. It analyses a range of options...

Mapping the community sector

The Aberdeen region is host to a diverse population of community-based initiatives active in the energy, transport, food, and waste...

Understanding the economic impact of local energy

The Scottish Government’s Local Energy Challenge Fund (LECF) aims to demonstrate the potential economic and social benefits of establishing local...