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Scottish Government consults on low carbon policies

Two key policy documents have been published for consultation - the draft Climate Change Plan (RPP3) and the draft Energy Strategy. ClimateXChange research has been part of preparing both drafts and we look forward to working with the Scottish Government in implementing the final plans in due course.

Read the draft Climate Change Plan
Read the draft Energy Strategy
Read more about our work latest event on community energy
Read more about our work on emissions from agriculture
Read more about Climate Conversations

Parliamentary evidence sessions
ClimateXChange researchers and our Directors Dr Andy Kerr and Prof. Pete Smith have given evidence to Parliamentary committees on the various aspects of the Climate Change Plan and the Energy Strategy.

Watch Andy Kerr's evidence for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee
Watch Pete Smith's Evidence to the  

Watch Keith Bell and Mark Winskel's evidence for the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee

Counting the cost of flooding in Aberdeenshire

The flooding in Aberdeenshire in December 2015 came at a significant cost to the Council. Just how big a cost is difficult to estimate due to how data is collected on Local Authority spending. 

In a first of it's kind in Scotland ClimateXChange worked with Aberdeenshire Council to explore the the economics of adaptation, and how it might support practical decision-making and planning processes across local authority responsibilities. The findings will be presented at Sniffer's Flood Risk Management Conference 2017.

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Experts and evidence in public decision making

Following ClimateXChange's project on citizens juries we have reviewed ten similar projects to understand how witnesses are being involved in different ways.

The report looks at a range of issues relating to the expert witnesses, including scope and selection, recruitment, and their specific roles.
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Read about the citizens juries on onshore windfarms

Launching the Climate Conversations resource

The Scottish Government has initiated a series of climate conversations across Scotland to encourage a public discussion on climate change. ClimateXChange managed the research project to develop the framework and materials for the conversations.

20 trial conversations were held last year. The findings from these conversations will be presented at this seminar which is also a chance to get to know more about the materials and how to use them.
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Gathering data on overheating in healthcare buildings

We are starting a scoping study on the potential problem of overheating in buildings housing vulnerable people in Scotland.

This first piece of work will establish how extensive existing internal temperature data are and how they could be accessed and applied to our future main research project. 
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Developing the role of community groups in local climate resilience: final report of the Urban Heat project
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) funded Urban Heat project examined the potential role of the local voluntary and community sector (VCS) in developing local climate resilience.

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Climate Change - A Ladybird Expert Book
As part of the new Ladybird Expert series, Climate Change is a clear, simple and enlightening introduction to one of the most important issues facing our world today written by HRH The Prince of Wales, environmentalist Tony Juniper and climate scientist Dr Emily Shuckburgh,

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Read our blog!

Read about our work on emissions from agriculture used in preparing the Climate Change Plan, and what the priorities are for research on climate change adaptation on the CXC blog.

Please contact Anne Marte if you would like to publish a blog post about any issue relating to climate change policy and research.

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 

Baroness Brown to chair the Adaptation Sub-committee Committee on Climate Change seeks views on Scottish climate change bill

Baroness Brown of Cambridge, Professor Dame Julia King, has been appointed as the next Chair of the Committee on Climate Change’s Adaptation Sub-Committee.

She took over the post from Lord Krebs, who has led the work since 2009, on 1 February 2017.

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Committee on Climate Change seeks views on Scottish climate change bill

The Committee on Climate Change held their January meeting at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) in order to hear the views of Scottish stakeholders as part of their call for evidence for the upcoming climate change bill.

The Committee heard evidence on energy, including from CXC Director Andy Kerr, and on agriculture and land use.
Read more about the call for evidence 
Please note the call closed on 1 February.


Events at ECCI

Climate Conversations seminar
Hear about the findings from 20 Climate Conversation and learn about how to use the materials.
ECCI, 2 March

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Other events
Who's getting ready for zero? Exploring low carbon futures for Scotland
3 February, Edinburgh
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Edinburgh Sustainable Innovation Conference
20 February 2017, Edinburgh
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European Perceptions of Climate Change Study
8 March, London
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World Symposium on Climate Change Communication
22-24 February, Manchester
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Flood and Coast 2017
28-30 Mar 2017, Telford
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Resilient Cities 2017
4-6 May 2017
Bonn, Germany
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10-11 May 2017, Glasgow
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European Climate Change Adaptation Conference 2017
5-9 June 2017, Glasgow
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Transformations 2017: Transformations in Practice
30 August–1 September 2017, Dundee
See call for abstracts above
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Keep up to date with events from ECCI

Draft Energy Strategy
Open until 30 May

Talking "Fracking": A Consultation on Unconventional Oil and Gas
Open until 31 May
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