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ClimateXChange - Scotland's centre of expertise on climate change

Engaging the public on wind farm developments

What should be the key principles for deciding about wind farm development, and why?

That is the question posed in a citizen engagement project managed by ClimateXChange and led by academics from University of Edinburgh. Since October the project team have held three citizens juries in communities with and without wind farms. The report due in spring will look at the lessons for public engagement from the juries' deliberations.

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Life-cycle assessment of GHG emissions from unconventional gas

A new project is estimating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with extracting onshore unconventional gas in Scotland, from exploration to the point of fuel production.

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Just kicked off:

Review of Energy Storage Potential

What role might energy storage play in enabling Scotland’s low carbon future?

Meeting Scotland’s ambitions for a low carbon economy will require significant changes to our energy system.  Energy storage is likely to play a fundamental role in this transition, particularly as renewable heat and energy become more prevalent across the electricity, heat and transport sectors.

We have just started a desk based study into energy storage, with the aim of informing the Scottish Government’s development of energy policy.

The study will identify the potentials and limitations of energy storage, assessing the range and maturity of existing technologies as well as comparative costs, barriers and potential storage capacity in Scotland.


IPCC peatland emissions factors assessment

In March 2014, the IPCC will publish an updated set of Guidelines for reporting greenhouse gas emissions from wetlands. These guidelines are likely to include a methodology for reporting on emissions from restored peatlands. This is likely to have a significant impact on the way that Scotland measures and reports its greenhouse gas emissions.

This new project will determine whether the emissions factors proposed by the IPCC are appropriate for use in calculating emissions from restored peatlands in Scotland and whether more accurate emissions factors may be used instead.


Workshop: Who has responsibility for building a low carbon Scotland?

Half-day workshop at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation on Thursday 27 February 2014. This free workshop, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, is aimed at stakeholders with an interest in climate change and a transition to a low carbon society.

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Training days: Adapting to climate change - Introduction

Adaptation Scotland is hosting three full-day ‘Adapting to Climate Change – Introduction’ training events. The events are free and open to public sector practitioners who are new to climate change adaptation:
  •     Thursday 6 March, Inverness
  •     Tuesday 11 March, Glasgow
  •     Thursday 13 March, Edinburgh
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Exhibition and conference: Sustainable Building Materials Scotland

A meeting place for producers and users of sustainable building materials, and anyone who would like to find out more about them, on 18 March in Inverness.

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Keep up to date with events from ECCI and Sniffer

Matt is moving on

ClimateXCHange's first manager Matt Ogston is moving on to a new role with SSE at the end of February.

Matt has managed ClimateXChange through the formative period with great changes. He said: 'There is little doubt that ClimateXChange has changed enormously since I started. We have delivered some superb outputs that have significantly contributed to the understanding in the Scottish Government of what policies might be required to deliver Scotland's low carbon and resilient future.'

'I leave CXC knowing that it has a bright future having already built a reputation for reliability, quality and insight.'

We wish Matt all the best in his new role

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Parliament committee visits ClimateXChange

MSPs from the RACCE (Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment) Committee visited ClimateXChange this January to learn about the Centre's unique approach to brokering  knowledge between research and policy teams in the Scottish Government.

The MSPs also took a guided tour of the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation's green building at High School Yards.

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ClimateXChange needs a new Project Manager

Be part of connecting climate change research and policy.

Search for Project Manager on the University of Edinburgh's vacancy site

Creative Carbon Scotland seek new Carbon Reduction Project Manager

Help organisations across Scotland to measure, report and reduce their carbon emissions.

Find out more and apply

What helps and hinders policymakers using evidence?

Read  A systematic review of barriers to and facilitators of the use of evidence by policymakers

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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Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP) 2014-2020 Stage 2: Final Proposals - Ends 28 February.

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