Reports

Argentinean soy based biodiesel: an introduction to production and impacts

This working paper explores the economic, social and environmental context, drivers and impacts of increased demand for Argentine soy-based biodiesel.

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Tidal stream energy in the UK: Stakeholder perceptions study

This report presents the views of a range of stakeholders from the tidal stream energy sector on the barriers and opportunities that the sector faces and which organisations have the responsibility and ability to act on these.

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Biomass energy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS): a review

This is a review paper intended to provide an overview of debates relating to BECCS or bio-CCS, which are alternative terms for the coupling of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (CCS).

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Transition to sustainable development in the UK housing sector: from case study to model implementation

We review previous work on the housing and communities sector in the UK, showing it to be not only unsustainable, but to have the characteristics of a systemic, persistent problem.

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Adaptation to climate change in international river basins in Africa: a review

This paper reviews current knowledge of the potential impacts of climate change on water resour-ces in Africa and the possible limits, barriers or opportunities for adaptation to climate change in internationally-shared river basins.

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Evaluating the options for carbon sequestration

The term carbon sequestration refers to any means of locking up CO2 over very long periods in order to mitigate against the effects of anthropogenic climate change.

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the effect special issue. Key8 for G8 : the 2005 document

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the effect Issue 5: 2008

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the effect Issue 3: 2004

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Global electricity technology substitution model with induced technological change

We propose in this work a novel approach to electricity technology substitution modeling as a development of the electricity submodel of E3MG.

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South Africa's Renewable Energy Procurement: A New Frontier

In the last three years, carbon-intensive, coal-dependent South Africa has become one of the leading destinations for renewable energy investment.

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A bottom-up analysis of including aviation within the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme

Results indicate that unless the scheme adopts both an early baseline year and an overall cap designed to be in keeping with a 450ppmv cumulative emission pathway, the impact on aviation emissions will be minimal.

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How EU membership has influenced UK climate policies

This review provided a detailed analysis of the academic evidence on how EU membership has influenced UK climate policies, systems of decision making and environmental quality, and how the situation might change in the event of a vote to ‘leave’ the EU.

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Business and Climate Change: Measuring and Enhancing Adaptive Capacity

Much adaptation to these changes will be carried out by organisations, including businesses, households and government agencies.

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A nexus perspective on competing land demands: Wider lessons from a UK policy case study

It considers how current land uses and related policies affect the UK’s resilience to climate change, setting out an agenda for research and practice relevant to stakeholders in land-use management, policy and modelling.

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Establishing research directions in sustainable building design

The purpose of this report is two-fold: first, to review in generic terms the views, publications and research related to building design and climate change, and second, to raise a number of questions and potential research avenues.

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Modelling technological change

This project formed one of the initial exploratory projects looking at particular modelling issues for a next generation Integrated Assessment Model (IAM).

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Towards a vulnerability assessment for the UK coastline

Coastal communities are more vulnerable to climate change than inland communities because they are also affected by changes in oceanic parameters, especially increases in sea level and wave heights.

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Agricultural adaptation, local knowledge and livelihoods diversification in North-Central Namibia

The report is relevant to researchers, policymakers and practitioners interested in agricultural development, climate change and adaptation.

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Sustainability Meta Labelling: A Discussion of Potential Implementation Issues

This paper starts a discussion on a potential implementation of such a unifying sustainability meta label along the main constituent stages: product groups included, criteria setting, assessment and communication.

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Rainfall and water resources variability in sub-Saharan Africa during the 20th century

We identify a clear need to integrate better understanding of biophysical drivers of variability (e.g. ENSO, Sahelian desiccation) with actions to strengthen the capacity of African water managers to deal with climatic variability and extremes.

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The potential for thermal storage to reduce the overall carbon emissions from district heating systems

A report by researchers at Tyndall Manchester demonstrates that significant carbon emissions savings can be achieved through the addition of thermal storage to combined heat and power with district heating systems (CHP-DH). 

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Institutional Investment in the EU ETS

This general review paper explores the role of institutional investment in EU ETS.

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Building Performance evaluation and certification in the UK: Is SAP fit for purpose? Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews

Using a systems based approach we show there are many opportunities for improving the effectiveness of BPEC tools.

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The Green Climate Fund and Lessons from other Global Funds’ Experience

This paper presents a brief summary of the proposed fund and its history through to May 2013.

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A panel model for predicting the diversity of internal temperatures from English dwellings

Using panel methods, a model for predicting daily mean internal temperature demand across a heterogeneous domestic building stock is developed.

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Adaptive Capacity of Transboundary Basins in the Mediterranean, the Middle East and the Sahel

To evaluate the adaptive capacity of transboundary river basins in the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and the Sahel (i.e., the CLICO study region), we draw from research on international environmental cooperation to develop a framework of transboundary adaptive capacity. 

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Appraising Geoengineering

Appraisals of geoengineering are critically reviewed here for the first time using a systematic literature search and screen strategy.

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Credibility in climate change research: a reflexive view

This paper provides a structure for relating the credibility of researchers themselves to that of research outputs, analysing ‘researcher credibility’ with reference to three overlapping domains: personal, professional and public.

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