Her Majesty The Queen and Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visited the Edinburgh Climate Change Institute (ECCI) on 1 July, where they met with University of Edinburgh staff, students and researchers engaged in pioneering work to combat climate change.

Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage (SCCS) was part of a special showcase of research and development being undertaken within the University as part of wider climate action. The former Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation has been renamed in recognition of its renewed vision to help secure a resilient, just and climate neutral future.

ECCI Royal VisitThe Queen and The Princess Royal heard about the University’s expertise in a range of climate-focused areas, such as green business and investment, planetary health, oceans, carbon capture and storage (CCS), renewable energy, sustainable food systems and earth observation.

The tour coincided with the announcement of the Edinburgh Earth Initiative (EEI), a project that will boost global leadership on the adaption to and mitigation of climate change.

The EEI will be a focal point for the University’s world-leading teaching and research on climate, and will have an emphasis on supporting global partnerships to deliver climate solutions. The initiative will focus on four key climate change challenges that draw on the University’s expertise: the future of energy; sustainable lands and seas; health in a warmer world; and socially just transitions.

Dr Kate Crowley, Co-Director of ECCI, said: “We were delighted to welcome The Queen and The Princess Royal to the Edinburgh Climate Change Institute today. The visit marks a moment for us to reflect on the tremendous research, policy support and teaching delivered with passion and commitment by those in ECCI to reduce the impacts of climate change and deliver solutions for a better future for all.”

Dr Philippa Parmiter, SCCS Programme Manager, said: “It was wonderful to share with The Queen and The Princess Royal the pioneering climate research taking place at the University, and at ECCI in particular. SCCS and its partners are engaged in a range of international projects to support industrial decarbonisation and a just transition to a net zero future.”

Richard Stevenson, SCCS Data and Projects Officer, said: “It was a real privilege to be part of the ECCI and SCCS delegation taking part in the visit from The Queen and The Princess Royal. The Queen was interested to hear about our work and viewed our CO2 storage cake and 'magic trick' of making water – ‘supercritical CO2’ – disappear into sandstone – the storage site – replicating what would actually take place kilometres beneath the seabed.”

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