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Comparing the costs of community and commercial renewable energy projects

Community renewable energy projects have faced higher nominal costs and higher risk associated with progressing projects towards planning than commercial projects. That is the overall conclusion from a project to identify any differences in the costs faced by community and commercial renewable energy projects in Scotland.

This study compares the costs throughout the lifecycle of projects under three different ownership categories: commercial, community and commercial-community partnerships. The analysis shows that costs have been variable, with some facing significantly higher costs than others, but the variations have decreased over the last decade.

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The resilience of Scotland's urban trees

Trees are an integral and valuable part of the landscape of Scottish towns and cities, offering ‘ecosystem services’ such as reducing noise and pollution, providing shade and cooling, and storing carbon.

This paper examines the current position of urban tree management and the extent to which climate change resilience is being addressed. It finds that whilst city tree officers are aware of the potential threat that predicted climate change presents to city trees, the main drivers for changing practice are the ageing tree populations, the threat of litigation and the impact of pests and diseases. 
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Assessing the worst case risk from climate change

A new report from an international group of scientists and experts in risk argues that the risks of climate change should be assessed in the same way as risks to national security, financial stability, or public health. The researchers, including ClimateXChange Director Iain Gordon, recommend a focus on understanding what is the worst that could happen, and how likely that might be.

The report presents a climate change risk assessment that aims to be holistic, and to be useful to anyone who is interested in understanding the overall scale of the problem.
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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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Other events

Relative sea level change scenarios for regional Scottish coastlines
Webinar with Prof William Ritchie
10 August
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Carbon Dependence: Can we wean ourselves off fossil fuels quickly enough to survive?
27 August, Edinburgh
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World Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation 2015
2-4 September, Manchester
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FCERM Green Infrastructure Forum 2015
6-7 October, Glasgow
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Old Building Energy - Efficiency Research Seminar
3 November, Stirling
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World Forum on Natural Capital 2015
23-24 November, Edinburgh
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AimDay - Risk and Resilience
2 December, Edinburgh
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Iain Gordon taking up new post

Professor Iain Gordon, who as Chief Executive of the James Hutton Institute has been a CXC Director since the start of the Centre in 2011, is to leave his post in September to become Deputy Vice Chancellor at James Cook University in Australia.

Iain has been central in building up ClimateXChange and forging connections across the Main Research Providers from the very first days of the centre. He will be missed as a strong support for developing evidence based policy solutions and connecting Scotland's research and policy communities. We wish him the very best of luck in his new post!   



New Post Doc on energy policy

Dr. Antti Silvast has started work on the three year postdoctoral fellowship project, "Scotland and the European Energy Union: A Sociotechnical Systems Perspective". The project funded through CXC aims to analyse European energy policy developments in terms of their possible implications for Scottish and UK energy system transitions, including markets and trading, infrastructure, and low-carbon investments. He is based at Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (STIS), School of Social and Political Science, The University of Edinburgh

Silvast has a PhD in sociology from the University of Helsinki, Finland and was previously postdoctoral researcher at Princeton University, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies. He serves as editor of the journal Science & Technology Studies and is vice coordinator and newsletter editor of the European Sociological Association’s Disaster, Conflict and Social Crisis Research Network.

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Read our Energy and Climate Change Policy and Research summary for July

Energy consumption in the UK
The latest  information for overall energy consumption in the UK with details of the transport, domestic, industry and services sectors.
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Identifying near-term actions to avoid long-term carbon lock-in
This policy brief from the Stockholm Environment Institute presents an approach for analysing carbon lock-in risks for fossil fuel infrastructure at the global scale, suggesting the project types of greatest lock-in concern. It also explains how policy-makers and analysts might apply a similar approach at the national and regional scales.
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Participating in the UN Climate Conference in Paris
The secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has announced how accreditation and access for the upcoming UN climate conference in Paris is being managed so that participants can best plan their attendance.
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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

A consultation on Permitted Development Rights: Non-Domestic Solar Panels and Domestic Air Source Heat Pumps is open until 27 August
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