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The CXC Knowledge Exchange model -
How we do what we do

ClimateXChange was designed to build an effective, trusting relationship between policy teams and the research community. After some trial and error the model has developed considerably during our first five years in operation 2011-2016.

In a new report about how we work we outlines our learning and draw on sample projects to illustrate the key processes to successful knowledge exchange between research and policy.
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Why do people join car clubs?

Car clubs can be a good transport alternative both for people who own a car and people who don't. But the reasons they join differ and influence how joining a car club influences their transport behaviour.

Determining how the use of car clubs is replacing other modes of transport can help to assess whether car clubs are reducing private car use. 
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Electrification of heat

What are the potential impacts of electrifying a proportion of heat demand in Scotland and what are the technologies available to do so?

This project created a model to represent the electrification of heat and electricity network capacity. It also assesses the potential uptake of a range of heating technologies in Scotland, and their technical and economic impacts and limitations.

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Busy Climate Week ahead

Climate Week 2016 runs until Friday 23 September.
CXC events:
Local energy systems in the UK: Taking stock and looking forward. 
ECCI, 22 September 
This interdisciplinary event provides a space for researchers, policymakers and practitioners to share knowledge about local energy, and to identify the key challenges and opportunities for the future.  The event will address the following questions: 
1)  What is a ‘local energy system’ and how is this being enacted in practice across the UK?
2)  What evidence is there that local energy systems can, and will, deliver the social, economic and environmental benefits expected?
3)  What conditions and innovations (in governance, technology, financing mechanisms, institutional and social organisation) are required to realise the potential of local energy systems?
Registrations have closed for this even. Contact info@climatexchange for more information

How to hold Climate Conversations
The Climate Change Public Conversation Series project aims to equip and enable the Scottish Government to have conversations about climate change with the Scottish public. The CXC managed project will publish a Climate Conversations ‘How to’ Guide, along with three accompanying reports on the research behind the Guide. The guidance and materials can be used by anyone wanting to discuss climate change in Scotland and beyond.
The research materials and step by step 'How to' Guide will be published during Climate Week.
Read more about the project

Follow all the action in Climate Week on Twitter using #ScotClimateWeek
Read about Climate Week

Call for abstracts ECCA2017
The call for session and abstract submissions for the European Climate Change Adaptation conference is open until 30 September. All session and abstract submissions should link to one of the conference themes and be under one of three headings: Practice, Science-practice, and Science .
More info

Events @ECCI
Global Water Stewardship Forum
The first AWS Global Water Stewardship Forum will bring together pioneering water stewardship practitioners and promoters from around the world. 
ECCI, 1-2 November
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Other events
Climate Week
16-23 Sept
Everywhere- see above
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Community resilience & reducing climate disadvantage – policy synergies
20 Sept
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The next five years: Scotland’s biggest challenges
21 September, Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

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1.5 degrees: Meeting the challenges of the Paris Climate Agreement
Environmental Change Institute Conference
21-22 Sept, Oxford
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Adaptation and Resilience in the Built Environment
28 Sept , London
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European Climate Change Adaptation Conference 2017
5-9 June 2017, Glasgow
More info

Keep up to date with events at ECCI



      Work with us!

Our Project and Information Manager Darcy Pimblett will be leaving the CXC secretariat shortly to move back to Australia. So we are looking for his replacement in this key secretariat role.

You should have excellent communication skills, and in particular experience of writing for a policy audience. A background in climate change or energy is highly desirable. The post holder will liaise with Scottish Government policy teams to identify their research needs and manage the subsequent projects.

Applicants should also have an eye for detail as the role facilitates collection, management and communication of key project metadata, supporting CXC to efficiently meet its project management and reporting requirements.

 Full vacancy details


Read our
Report on Research and Policy Developments - Energy and Climate Change  for August


Scotland on track with carbon emission reductions

The Committee on Climate Change fifth report on progress on the emission targets in the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 shows Scotland is on track overall on reducing emissions.

However, certain areas - particularly transport, heat in building and agriculture – need action.
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IPCC call for experts in climate change and land use

The IPCC is producing a special report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems.

The UK Focal Point, based in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), invites expressions of interest from UK experts to participate in the scoping of this special report.

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Research Associate(s) National Centre for Resilience
University of Glasgow is currently recruiting for two Research Associates to develop the research and Knowledge Exchange capacity and outputs of the newly established National Centre for Resilience (NCR). 

For full details search for ref 013886 here

Join the team at the GROW Observatory 
The GROW Observatory is a new €5.1M Horizon 2020 project based in Dundee. They have
7 exciting vacancies, including a Programme Director.

Full details


Integrating climate change adaptation into project development: emerging experience
This report provides insights into the emerging experience of experts from European financing institutions and the European Commission on how climate issues can be best integrated into project development and implementation.
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State of Nature 2016

The State of Nature report brings together data and expertise from over 50 organisations, providing an update on how wildlife is faring across the UK. It states that 56% of the UK's species are in decline.
Online infographic
Read the report 

Keep up to date with the latest discussions in the Scottish Parliament's Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee on Parliament TV


Consultation on Transposition of Environmental Impact Assessment Directive EU2014/52
Open until 31 October

The Future of Forestry in Scotland
Open until 9 November

Modernising the Water Industry's use of rateable value to charge non-households for water and sewerage services
Open until 28 November
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