The University of Edinburgh is delivering ambitious solutions to understand, effectively manage and mitigate the effects of climate change.

Led by the Edinburgh Earth Initiative and The Edinburgh Climate Change Institute we are working with our partners to secure a resilient, just and climate neutral world. Within the University, our Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability is leading our efforts to become a net-zero institution by 2040.

Our world-class energy research brings together expertise in engineering, design, business, physical and life sciences, and environmental and social sciences to support the development of energy systems and renewable technologies for the future.

Key areas of expertise

Carbon Capture and Storage

The Carbon Capture and Storage group at the University of Edinburgh's School of Engineering is one of the largest carbon capture research groupings in the United Kingdom, looking at the capture of carbon dioxide. We have two main fields of interest: adsorption and membranes separations, within which the members of the group possess a broad range of research expertise.

Energy and Society

Energy and Society is a network of University of Edinburgh social scientists whose research, teaching and impact directly address the challenges posed by energy transitions worldwide.

Energy Systems

The Institute for Energy Systems (IES) delivers world-leading research in low carbon energy systems, technology and policy. We have academic expertise in resource modelling and measurement, hydrodynamics, aerodynamics, computational fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, electromagnetics, power electronics, control, power systems analysis and life-cycle analysis.

Renewable Energy

Conceived for cutting edge academic research into wave and tidal current interactions, the FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility is also an amazing tool for commercial developers to ensure their technologies and projects perform 'right first time' and are de-risked as much as practical before cutting steel or going offshore.