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Monitoring gender and other equality and diversity issues in the Scottish renewables sector

Each year, the Scottish Government reports on the progress made towards achieving its renewable energy targets through the 2020 Renewable Routemap for Scotland Update. ClimateXChange has developed the equalities monitoring programme that informs the reporting.

The survey for the 2015 report is now online. We are keen to hear from all of the different types and sizes of organisation that are involved in the renewables industry in Scotland, from PR to Manufacturing, NGOs to Developers, community groups and micro businesses to large corporations.
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Electricity and heat demand in Scotland Invitation to tender

We are inviting tenders for a research project assessing the potential for electrifying a proportion of heat demand in Scotland. The purpose is to examine specific technology types against a range of criteria and develop a user-friendly model for a wider system assessment.

The project is expected to take 6 months, reporting in spring 2016.
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ClimateXChange Annual Meeting
CXC's annual gathering of our members will take place at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation on 10 and 11 November. Please register using the link below.
Detailed programme to follow.



Events @ECCI 

Is Energy a Key Enabler for the Economic Resilience of UK Cities?
This event in the Energy and Society Seminar Series, with Dr Mark Workman, will analyse the importance of cities as facilitators and co-ordinators in the UK energy agenda.
9 September, ECCI, Edinburgh
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Paris 2015: Politics, Policies and Principles
A forum for academics, policy-makers, NGOs, journalists and students to discuss, inform, analyse and debate the issues under negotiation in Paris. Organised by the Political Studies Association (PSA) Specialist Groups on Environmental Politics and French Politics, and co-facilitated by CXC.
20 November, ECCI, Edinburgh
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Hold the date: Resilience of Scottish Infrastructure to a Changing Climate.  
A joint workshop with ARCC and UKCIP. A broad mix of stakeholders are invited to participate in the workshop, which will focus on identifying knowledge gaps and research needs.  
1 December, ECCI, Edinburgh
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Other events

Innovation policy mixes for sustainability transitions: Creative destruction or mere niche support?
Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation  / Energy and Society Seminar with Dr Florian Kern, SPRU, University of Sussex

3 September, Edinburgh
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FCERM Green Infrastructure Forum 2015
6-7 October, Glasgow
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Water Scotland 2015
7 October, Glasgow
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UK BCSD Innovation for Resilience and Adaptation Workshop
20 October, Manchester
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Adaptation Financing
29 October, Glasgow
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Sustainable Scotland Network Annual Conference
3 November, Glasgow
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World Forum on Natural Capital 2015
23-24 November, Edinburgh
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AIM Day: Risk and Resilience Edinburgh
2 December, Edinburgh
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Flood Resilient Communities:
Evaluating the Defra Flood Resilience Community Pathfinder
2 Dec
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Flood & Coast 2016:
Risk, Resilience & Response to Climate Change
23-25 February, Telford
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Adaptation Futures 2016
10-13 May 2016, Rotterdam 
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Keep up to date with events from ECCI and Sniffer


Peatland plan published 

Scotland’s National Peatland Plan provides a framework for recognising, communicating and, where appropriate, quantifying the benefits of healthy peatlands. The plan was published by Scottish Natural Heritage in late August. The plan also aims to marshall the knowledge, skills, incentives and funding to improve the condition of those which are damaged or degraded.

CXC input to the plan by bringing together key stakeholders from policy, research and practice groups at a workshop in October 2014 to draw out the research priorities that will help to secure the long term future of Scotland’s peatlands.
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Paris and the public: raising the public's voice by understanding UK-wide views on climate change
The CXC Secretariat will be contributing to the Climate Outreach Information Network’s (COIN) consultation workshop in Edinburgh on 10 September. This is one of three structured discussions being held in Edinbugh, Cardiff and Bristol. The workshops aim to deepen  understanding of UK public opinion on climate change, the 2°C climate change target, and how each might impact on life in the UK in the coming decades.

The Paris and the Public project will also gather views on how the UK Government should negotiate with international partners at the Paris climate summit in December this year. The findings of this research will be presented to UK Governments and civil society partner organisations to inform policy making and negotiations in Paris and beyond.

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Taskforce to tackle rural fuel poverty

A new group has been established to find ways of making it easier and more affordable for people in rural and remote Scotland to heat their homes.The Scottish Rural Fuel Poverty Task Force will explore the issues facing people in fuel poverty and prepare a report on its findings over the next year.

The task force was announced during a miniterial visit to Orkney where 58 per cent of households in Orkney were classified as being in fuel poverty in December 2013.
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Adaptation Sub-Committee looking for Board members 

The Adaptation Sub-Committee of the Committee on Climate Change sets the direction for adaptation matters including independent advice on preparing for climate change. 

The Sub-Committee is now looking for two new members to join the Board of experts from the fields of climate change, science and economics.
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Read our report on policy and research developments for August

Good for climate, good for health

This new briefing from Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) explores approaches to emissions reductions in transport, diet and home energy efficiency that offer opportunities to improve health.

The areas of health which can benefit from the approaches are wide ranging and relate to heart disease, respiratory illness, bowel cancer and mental health and wellbeing, as well as health risk factors such as inactivity and obesity.
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Keep up to date with the latest discussions in the Scottish Parliament's Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee on
Parliament TV


Making things last Consultation on the Circular Economy in Scotland is open until 30 October
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