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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.

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.

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.

Emissions impact of home working in Scotland

This report assesses the impact of working from home (WFH) in Scotland. WFH has the potential to reduce carbon emissions associated with commuting and office space, but must be balanced against an expected increase in emissions in the home.

Last mile delivery in Scotland

This research examines 'last mile delivery' - the movement of goods from a transport hub to the final destination - and its associated emissions. There is a need for better understanding of the sector to enable Transport Scotland and local authorities to take steps to mitigate negative environmental and social impacts.

20 minute neighbourhoods in a Scottish context

This study considers the ambition for 20 minute neighbourhoods in Scotland, taking account of the differing settlement patterns across the country, and analyses international evidence of the success of interventions to achieve these ambitions.

Using satellite data to help quantify Scottish greenhouse gas emissions

Examining how satellite observations of the atmosphere could be used to report GHG emissions more frequently and with less time-lag.

COVID-19, travel behaviours and business recovery in Scotland

A snapshot of employers’ experience of staff working from home/flexible working, business travel and commuting before the COVID-19 pandemic, during the lockdown in March-June 2020, and in the longer term as we recover from the pandemic.

Identifying the economic impact from ultra-low emissions vehicle (ULEV) uptake

Scotland has committed to phasing out new petrol and diesel vehicles in favour of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs). This report identifies the economic impacts of increasing ULEVs, both positive and negative.

Review of greenhouse gas emissions in SEA and EIA

This research reviews current practice in considering greenhouse gas emissions as part of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) regimes used in planning decisions.

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.

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.

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