ClimateXChange invited policymakers, planners and regulators to the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation in November to discuss the challenges and opportunities posed by this developing industry.

The event updated Scottish decision makers on the significant research and policy developments in the field of unconventional gas extraction over the last year, including:

  • the release of the British Geological Survey’s assessment of shale resources in the Midland Valley of Scotland;
  • the release of the final report of the Scottish Government’s Independent Expert Scientific Panel on Unconventional Oil and Gas; and
  • the opening of DECC’s 14th round of onshore oil and gas exploration licensing.

The event also launched CXC’s report on the lifecycle costs and emissions of unconventional gas extraction in Scotland, which will assist policymakers in assessing the climate impacts of unconventional gas extraction in Scotland, as well as opportunities to minimise these impacts. The report can be downloaded under 'Related projects' on the right hand side.

Participants from Scottish Government, Local Government, industry, academia and community groups  discussed the roles that policy, planning and regulation may play going forward.

Presentations from researchers, practitioners and policymakers can be downloaded using the links on the right hand side of this page.

Relevant publications referenced during the event: