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Delivering social care in a changing climate

An assessment of the social care support sector’s resilience to climate change, and possible steps to increasing resilience. The research was conducted prior to the Covid pandemic.

Marginal abatement cost curve for Scottish agriculture

This research updates estimates of the mitigation potential and the cost-effectiveness of four farm technologies and practices which can reduce GHG emissions in Scotland. Some of these measures can be applied to multiple types of livestock, raising the number of mitigation options to 21.

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.

The potential for leguminous crops in Scotland

This study assesses potential production of grain and forage legumes, such as beans, peas, lucerne and clover, in Scotland. These crops can help fix atmospheric nitrogen, potentially reducing the need for synthetic fertiliser.

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.

Perennial energy crops and their potential in Scotland: evidence review

This report examines the potential for a sustainable expansion of perennial bioenergy crop production on low-grade agricultural land or underutilised land, focusing on short rotation coppice, miscanthus and short rotation forestry.

Creating a pipeline for industrial decarbonisation in Scotland: Promoting project progression

This report aims to develop a greater understanding of industrial decarbonisation projects in Scottish energy-intensive industries (EIIs), to catalogue the pipeline of such projects, and identify overarching decarbonisation themes.

Operating a zero-carbon GB power system: implications for Scotland

The British electricity sector landscape has changed as more renewables, particularly solar and wind, are connected to the power system. This report examines the far-reaching implications for the operation of national electricity networks and makes recommendations to help ensure security of supply.

Domestic energy consumers: Understanding the impact of changes in the energy policy landscape

This set of reports explores the changes in the energy policy landscape and how they will impact domestic energy consumers. It aims to support the Scottish Government's work on consumer engagement and protection as part of Scotland’s low-carbon transition.

Climate change engagement – Assessing the impacts of the Climate Challenge Fund

Case study evidence to understand and capture how Climate Challenge Fund supported community projects are having an impact on the ground, and how to monitor success in the future.

Mapping of district heating feasibility studies in Scotland

This study collects, analyses and maps data relating to previous district heating feasibility studies in Scotland. District heating feasibility study data, obtained primarily from industry stakeholders, was analysed to identify common barriers restricting district heating development and to map study locations.

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.