School of GeoSciences Research

Transforming the energy industry

Find out how we are leading the future development of technologies that will decarbonise the energy supply industry and enable the responsible management of our natural resources.

Our work supports global initiatives to mitigate the effects of climate change and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy.

This includes work on new energy systems such as:

  • hydrogen power and geothermal energy
  • subsurface energy storage
  • changes in individual and societal awareness and decision making
  • buffering mechanisms such as carbon capture and storage 

We have led the way towards the development and deployment of carbon capture and underground storage (CCS) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Our internationally renowned research on CCS and negative emissions has underpinned the development of crucial technologies needed to deliver economy-wide decarbonisation for the UK and global industry. 

Through our work, we have established the feasibility of a net-zero target for CO2 emissions. We work within the UK and across the world, supporting the development of technologies to deliver emissions reductions from industry and fuels and enable the delivery of net-zero emissions targets to meet the UN Paris Agreement. 

We have also expanded our research into the field of negative emissions, also known as greenhouse gas removals. This involves the direct removal of CO2 from the atmosphere to enable reaching net-zero emissions required to stabilise climate change.

We appointed the first professor in Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in the world, Professor Stuart Haszeldine, and have unrivalled expertise in this critical area including one of the largest CCS research groups globally.

Scottish Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage

We are partners in the Scottish Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS), and Professor Haszeldine is the SSCS Director. SCCS has the unique position to act as the conduit between academia, industry and government.

 

Influencing policy

Wide angle view of the debating chamber of the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. Circular seating.
Government regulation of existing and emerging industry is a critical component of environmental protection. We are proud that governments around the world rely on our work to guide their laws and regulations.

Influencing industry

Hellisheidi geothermal powerplant in Iceland, shot in evening sun in spring. Pipes leading to the power plant in the distance
Mitigation and adaption to climate change are fundamental to our research and collaboration with industry. Our work supports global initiatives to mitigate the effects of climate change and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy.

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Research groups

Discover our research groups and their research activities in new energy systems.

Edinburgh Earth Resources

This research group studies a wide variety of natural resources from our planet. Our researchers are dedicated to understanding how to utilise these resources responsibly for the benefit of all.

Edinburgh Earth Resources Research Group

Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate of the Anthropocene

This research group investigates key processes and drivers in the atmosphere and climate system, and predicts present-day and future changes in climate, atmospheric composition and air quality.

Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate of the Anthropocene Research Group

Earth and Planetary Sciences Institute

Our Earth and Planetary Sciences Institute is united by a desire to understand the physical processes, properties and history of the planet on a fundamental level, which continue to shape the world in which we live.

Earth and Planetary Sciences Institute

Scottish Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage

We are partners in the Scottish Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS), which acts as the conduit between academia, industry and government.

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The Paris Agreement

Discover some of the other ways we are helping countries meet their UN Paris Agreement targets throughout our innovation, impact and engagement pages.

Innovation, impact and engagement 

Collaborate with us

We work with various organisations in the private sector, from start-ups, consultancies and SME's to large multi-national corporations, facilitated through our Business Development Team.  

We have over 100 academics engaged in world-leading research that can help organisations address today's big challenges.  Our academic staff regularly engage with organisations worldwide, providing independent advice and specialist expertise.

Working with business and industry