Recruiting new post doc researchers
CXC will shortly be advertising to fill new post-doc positions. Up to four fellowships are being offered on:
- energy systems;
- energy policy;
- sustainable transport; and
- energy and resource efficiency.
We will be inviting proposals from any Scottish Higher Education Institution for one or more of these fellowships.
For further information, please contact Lee.Callaghan@ed.ac.uk and keep an eye on our website for more details on the fellowships being offered and the requirements for bidding.
A new project is reviewing literature on behaviour change evidence to inform the Scottish Government on possible regulation of energy efficiency in housing.
Reviewing energy efficiency behaviours
Making our homes more energy efficient is a high priority and the review will be guided by the Scottish Government’s new ISM (Individual, Social and Material) behaviour change tool.
CXC’s Adaptation Indicators project has entered Phase 1. This scoping stage will pull together a short list of indicators across all three themes of the Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme. The indicators will specifically address the Objectives set out in the SCCAP.
Phase 2 will involve drawing together information and analysis to provide a picture for each indicator of past trends and current status. The project team is taking shape, with additional expertise being brought in to address infrastructure topics.
Read more about our indicator work
Delivering impact for the the SRDP
CXC is playing an important role in supporting the Scottish Government to help ensure that the funding for agri-environment-climate and forestry schemes in the 2014-20 SRDP is directed to actions with the greatest potential to deliver impact and value for money.
The Scotland Rural Development Programme is a £1.2 billion programme of economic, environmental and social measures. CXC will produce spatial targeting maps and criteria to be used for scoring applications with potential climate impacts. Members of CXC are also on the project Steering Group.
Read more about the SRDP
Read more about our work on agriculture and forestry
UN report: Climate change likely to be 'severe, pervasive and irreversible'.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Fifth Assessment report was published this week with evidence that the global climate is already changing. The impacts include increases in temperature, changes in rainfall, melting of snow and ice, and species changing locations or responding differently to the season.
The report comes from Working Group II (impacts and adaptation). Working Group III (mitigation) will report later in April.
Pete Smith, ClimateXChange Science Director said:
The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report draws together scientific evidence that clearly demonstrates how climate change is already having an effect. This will impact all aspects of Scottish society, both as a result of changes to our climate and global changes that affect business supply chains and food security.
The report suggest that we can take a range of adaptation measures that will lessen the effects of a changing climate but we need to couple this with further reducing emissions. The focus needs to be on creating a climate resilient, low carbon Scotland.
Read more about the report:
Download the report
UK Government news page
MetOffice news page
BBC news page
Scotland is making progress on emission reduction
The Committee on Climate Change has published the third report on progress towards meeting emission reduction targets under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act.
The Committee finds that emissions are slightly higher than the target but that Scotland has nevertheless made good progress in a number of key emitting sectors.
A consultation on the Scottish Government Rural Affairs and Environment (RAE) Research Strategy: 2016 - 2021 is open until 25 April.
A Draft Heat Generation Policy Statement is out for consultation until 9 June.