Environment Secretary meets University of Edinburgh scientists at cutting edge of climate action

20 January 2017

Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Roseanna Cunningham, visited the University of Edinburgh last week to meet scientists at the forefront of climate change research.

Ms Cunningham visited the School of GeoSciences, where she spoke with academics and students engaged in a wide range of international projects linking science with climate action, climate justice and sustainable development.

The Cabinet Secretary, who was welcomed by the Vice Principal and Head of the College of Science and Engineering, Professor Lesley Yellowlees, also took part in a discussion about the impact of Brexit on future climate research at the institute.

Prof Yellowlees said: “We are delighted to host a visit from the Cabinet Secretary and to have the opportunity to discuss the importance of the work of the School of GeoSciences for Scotland's intellectual, cultural and economic benefit.”

During Ms Cunningham’s visit, Professor Stuart Haszeldine, director of the Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage (SCCS) research partnership, described how Scotland could continue to play a lead role in delivering Scottish, UK and EU carbon reduction targets through energy transition, geological storage of carbon dioxide (CO₂) and land use change.

Prof Haszeldine said: “Scotland is already a global leader in climate action, through reducing its CO₂ emissions and delivering renewable energy. Our extensive research at the School of GeoSciences shows how we can build on this momentum by delivering low-carbon heat, power and transport through carbon capture and storage. Practical action can start now in industries and communities, with Scottish supply chains creating small and mid-sized projects.”

Original article: http://sccs.org.uk/news/369-environment-secretary-meets-scientists-at-cutting-edge-of-climate-action

Environment Secretary, Roseanna Cunningham, visits the University of Edinburgh's School of GeoSciences on 12 January. From left, Prof Lesley Yellowlees, Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Prof Stuart Haszeldine, Prof Sandy Tudhope (Head of GeoSciences). Photo: Kit Carruthers Photography