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Untangling aspects of reducing greenhouse emissions from Scottish farms

Methane emissions from livestock are responsible for approximately 50% of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with agriculture in Scotland. Reducing these emissions is an important policy objective.

In the most recent in our series of reports exploring the science we look at policy options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions via cattle slurry management. The review explores both storage and use options to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions on Scottish farms.
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Technical calculations for electrification of heat demand

In September we published a summary report on the electrification of heat demand. The technical detail including methods and underlying assumptions has also now been published. The project examined the potential impacts of electrifying a proportion of heat demand. It also developed a user-friendly model for a wider system assessment.

The full report has sample outputs from calculating electric heating demands (and in the case of CHP, production) across four time blocks on an average peak winter weekday. The reference scenario used was deemed as the most plausible at the time of writing.
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Innovating wave energy in the UK 

The UK has a rich history of wave energy technology innovation stretching back to 1976 when it launched its first wave energy programme. But despite committing approximately $150m to wave energy development over the past 15 years, the UK has failed to deliver a commercially viable wave energy device.

At a recent seminar Dr Matthew Hannon, Chancellor’s Fellow of Technology and Innovation at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Strathclyde’s Business School, presented research examining how the level and type of innovation support from UK government has contributed to this slow progress and how these weaknesses could be addressed to help accelerate wave energy innovation in the future.

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CXC Science Director Prof Pete Smith to receive Philippe Duchaufour medal

Professor Pete Smith will receive the prestigious 2017 Philippe Duchaufour medal for his research into the role of the Soil System in the Earth’s biogeochemical cycles, with special attention to carbon emissions and sequestration. His contribution to sustainable agriculture under the threat of climate change is also part of the award citation.
Read more on the University of Aberdeen website


Methods for Energy System Planning Under Uncertainty
14 December, Edinburgh
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Edinburgh Sustainable Innovation Conference
20 February 2017, Edinburgh

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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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Wishing all our contacts and partners
a sustainable Christmas
and a low carbon 2017

Please note that the CXC offices will be closed from 23 December until 4 January

Tender opportunities: Identifying and prioritising adaptation research issues  

ClimateXChange is commissioning two separate research issues papers aligned with the current Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme (SSCAP) themes of: (i) Climate Ready Society and (ii) Buildings and Infrastructure Networks. Contractors may tender for one or both of the papers.

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Read project specification 'Buildings and Infrastructure Networks' issues paper

Launching the CXC blog
Go behind our reports and events in our new blog. First up is a look at the UK energy market and some reflections on knowledge exchange.
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University of Edinburgh pledges to go zero carbon by 2040

The University of Edinburgh has launched a comprehensive whole institution approach to climate change mitigation and adaptation in order to become zero carbon by 2040. It will reduce its carbon emissions per £ million turnover by 50% from a 2007/08 baseline by taking action on research, learning and teaching, operations, responsible investment, and investigating renewables opportunities.

The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, where the CXC secretariat has offices, is hailed as an example of how the University delivers low energy refurbishments of its buildings.

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Implications of Leaving the EU – Environment
This briefing from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) highlights the EU framework that relates to environment policy and explores the implications that leaving the EU may have on Scotland’s approaches to the environment. 
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Marginal greenhouse gas emissions displacement of wind power in Great Britain
This report from University of Edinburgh presents a realistic picture of the recent historical GHG emissions displacement of wind power in Great Britain (GB), taking into account any negative impact that wind power has on the operation of conventional plant, and compares this to existing estimates.
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Disclosure report shows leading states and regions 2020 targets are in line with 2 degrees scenario 
States and regions are driving climate action toward a below 2 degrees Celsius world, but more and long-term ambition is needed to achieve this bold goal – the new Compact of States and Regions Disclosure report shows.
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Germany Makes Climate Action a Key Focus of G20 Presidency
In a statement about its G20 Presidency, running until 30 November 2017, the German Government said: 'Beyond the ratification of the Paris Agreement, the G20 wishes to make headway on ambitious implementation and to support third countries in doing so.'
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