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Securing Scotland's electricity demand

When the Longannet power station closed in 2016 it raised debate about Scotland's ability to meet its peak demand for electricity.

This report looks at the transmission system's capacity, including the possible need for new transmission links with the rest of Great Britain, or new generation capacity that is capable of being scheduled in advance, to ensure Scotland's peak demand security-of-supply.

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The impact of muirburn on peatland and peat soils

Fire has been integral to Scotland’s uplands for millennia, both as a natural process and a land management tool. The practice is regulated through the Muirburn Code.

In this assessment we look at the sometimes conflicting or missing evidence as to the impact of muirburn. 
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Public engagement with energy system change

Evidence about Scottish public values and attitudes towards energy system transformation is essential to inform engagement processes on policy developments like the recently published draft Energy Strategy.

This report provides a summary of the current evidence. It was presented at a recent workshop in Edinburgh. A report from this workshop will be published shortly.
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Future precipitation and temperature

We have produced two forward-looking reports that provide a firm evidence base for what we know about future temperature and precipitation based on best available climate science.

The reports, including at-a-glance presentations, can be used to inform a range of climate risk assessments and planning decisions.

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Events @ECCI
Market based climate financing for mitigation and adaptation
27 April, ECCI
Sean Weaver, Exec Director of New Zealand based Ekos, gives a practitioner perspective on climate finance from the Southern Hemisphere.
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Other events
Resilient Cities 2017
4-6 May
Bonn, Germany
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10-11 May,
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Circular Economy Leaders Summit
31 May, Edinburgh
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European Climate Change Adaptation Conference 2017
5-9 June 2017, Glasgow
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Passive Low Energy Architecture
3-5 July, Edinburgh
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Transformations 2017: Transformations in Practice
30 August–1 September 2017, Dundee
See call for abstracts above
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Draft Energy Strategy
Open until 30 May
Talking "Fracking": A Consultation on Unconventional Oil and Gas
Open until 31 May

Climate-KIC at ECCI

The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation will be at the heart of one of four climate-focussed innovation ‘clusters’ in the UK and Ireland supported through Climate-KIC’s programme of start-up support and innovation programmes.

The Scottish cluster will focus on emerging strengths in data innovation as well as the twin themes of rural and water innovation – although we welcome applications for the above programmes from entrepreneurs with low carbon ideas on any theme. Applications for the climate-KIC Accelerator are open until 13 April
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Register for the climate change adaptation event of 2017

The 3rd European Climate Change Adaptation Conference will take place in Glasgow 5-9 June. 
Book your place now 


State of the wave and tidal energy industry
Consultancies Aquatera and Caelulum have been awarded the contract for review of the state of the wave and tidal energy industry.
Read the project specification


Glasgow Climate Resilience Innovation Challenge

Glasgow City Council are launching a Climate Resilience Innovation Challenge, in association with the Metropolitan Glasgow Strategic Drainage Partnership, Climate-KIC, and InnovateUK.

The innovation challenge is a way to stimulate private sector solutions to adaptation, and start-up businesses, SMEs, innovation arms of larger businesses, researchers, individual entrepreneurs, students and community groups are all invited to pitch ideas and solutions to tackle Glasgow’s challenge within two areas:
  • Innovative flood risk reduction systems and technologies that can be retrofitted to commercial or residential properties and
  • Innovative ways to engage stakeholders and communities to take-action in addressing Glasgow’s climate resilience and environmental challenges.
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Scotland's Coastal Change Assessment
The National Coastal Change Assessment project establishes historic coastal change, and uses this data to estimate past erosion/accretion rates.

Using the historic coastal change rates the coastline position can then be projected into the future
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Scottish Borders Climate Resilient Communities
Those most affected by climate change are often those who are already most disadvantaged in society.

The Scottish Borders Climate Resilient Communities Project (SBCRC) used action research to improve understanding and approaches to building climate resilience in Scotland.
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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
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