Changing Environment

At a time of increasing demands on Scotland’s land, the changing environment presents a number of challenges for Scotland, including climate change and how we respond to it, halting the decline in biodiversity, managing water quantity and quality and protecting our soils.

Follow the links below to read about our work on the topic of Changing Environment.

Latest Changing Environment Work 

Distillery by-product use and greenhouse gas emission from Scottish malt whisky production (2017)

This research briefing demonstrates how sustainable end use of by-products can reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of Scottish whisky industry.  It systematically compares alternative end uses, including displacement of fossil fuels and synthetic fertilizers, and use as protein source in livestock feed.

The feasibility of using insects in salmon feed in Scotland (2016)

Beetle Increasing  the  use  of  insect meal in  salmon  feed  could  reduce  demand  for fishmeal and  add value  to low  grade  bio-waste  streams.  However  producing  insect  mealin sufficient  quantity,  quality  and  at  a  price  that  is  competitive  with  existing  feed  materials will  be challenging

Low carbon rural behaviours: perceptions of thermal comfort and the adoption of low carbon technologies in the home (2015)

Fireplace This research report and briefing investigates how rural householders in Scotland may best be supported to lower their carbon emissions whilst maintaining levels of comfort in the home.

Dr Jane Atterton

Rural Policy Centre Manager and Policy Researcher

Address: Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), Peter Wilson Building, Kings Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JG.

Telephone: 0131 535 4256

Fax: 0131 535 4345

E-mail: jane.atterton@sruc.ac.uk