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Detection of peatland drainage with remote sensing 

It is important to know where peatland has been drained in the past when prioritising areas for restoration. This scoping study considers whether the presence of drainage could be modelled using remote sensing data.

The results are promising, and a further phase of work will be taken forward in 2016.

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Read more about our peatlands work

Perceived quality of bus services in Scotland
Buses are the most popular form of public transport in Scotland, accounting for 77% of public transport journeys. Increasing the proportion of journeys taken by bus rather than by car can reduce road congestion, as well as the emission of greenhouse gases and local air pollutants.

This policy note finds that targeting service improvements in relation to frequency, availability, reliability and stability will likely generate the highest returns to investment relating to the perceived satisfaction of existing bus users.
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Assessing risk to Notified features

Many conservation activities are focussed around what are known as Notified Features. An updated summary of our work on how to develop an assessment of the risks posed to these features by a changing climate is now available
Read the update

Read more about our work on Notified Features

Successful first 5 years for CXC

After five years in operation ClimateXChange has become a trusted research partner for the Scottish Government and its agencies as they develop and implement policies on adapting to the changing climate and the transition to a low carbon society.

Read our report for the programme period 2011-16


We have appointed two new PDRFs, one on ‘The energy system implications of a shift to more localised energy production’ who will be based at the University of Strathclyde under Dr Stuart Galloway and ‘The effectiveness of policies and interventions’ who will be based at the University of Edinburgh under Dr Mark Winskel. 

The individuals filling the posts will be appointed after the summer.


Communicating climate change with visualisation tools: a guide

Visualisation can be a powerful tool. Our new guide is aimed at policy teams interested in using visualisation with a view to influencing behaviour change.
Read the guide


Events @ECCI
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?
More information and registration 

Other events
Transformations 2017
Interdisciplinary conference on sustainability, Dundee
30 August - 1September
More info

Evidence and the Politics of Policymaking: where next?
current issues of critical concern regarding the ways in which evidence is used in policy
14-15 September, Bath
More info

1.5 degrees: Meeting the challenges of the Paris Climate Agreement
Environmental Change Institute Conference
21-22 Sept, Oxford
More info

Keep up to date with events from ECCI and Sniffer


EU and energy policy

The implications of Brexit for energy policy is discussed on a new blog from Ronan Bolton, Antti Silvast and Mark Winskel, all at the University of Edinburgh.
Read the blog

The role of the EU in energy and climate change policy is also discussed in two recent publications co-authored by CXC directors Andy Kerr and Pete Smith.
Read Environment, Energy and Climate, by Professor Pete Smith, Professor Rebecca Lunn and Dr Jennifer Roberts
Read Energy and Climate Change: How important is the EU for addressing the climate challenge? by Dr Andy Kerr  


SEEP pilot monitoring tender 

CXC will issue an Invitation to tender on 7 July for work to support monitoring of the pilot projects under Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP). Under the SEEP pilot programme,

Local Authority-led partnerships have been offered funding to pilot new integrated approaches to the delivery of energy efficiency interventions in domestic and non-domestic buildings.

For further details on the CXC monitoring support project, search for "LIT0513 - Consultancy to support Technical Monitoring of the SEEP Pilot Programme” on Public Contracts Scotland.


Read our monthtly research and policy update

SCCAP - Second Annual Progress Report 2016

Work is underway on the vast majority of objectives in the Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme, and there is evidence of adaptation being integrated into plans and risk management, particularly in the public sector.

The progress report looks at case studies and examples of work across Scotland.
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SCCAP - Peatland and Energy Policy Statement

The Scottish Government has published a Draft Peatland and Energy Policy Statement. The Policy Statement provides a common basis from which the Scottish Government and its agencies act in developing and implementing policies in relation to peatland and energy.
Read the statement

There is no formal consultation to this statement, but any comments would be welcome to 

Formal public consultation will be undertaken as part of the Energy Strategy when this is published.


Research Fellow in Energy Storage Innovation and Policy
University of Birmingham - School of Chemical Engineering has a vacancy for a Research Fellow in Energy Storage Innovation and Policy.

The post is fixed term for 24 months with possible extension.
More info


100 Projects for the Climate
Continuing the momentum of COP 21, “100 projects for climate” aims to speed up the emergence of citizen-led initiatives to combat global warming. This new participative step, building on the valuable discussions of the Paris-Climate Conference, will enable the 100 most innovative solutions from around the world to become a reality.
More info
Read about the 2050 Climate Group's project

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