Queen’s award for Fife climate expert Stuart

Professor Stuart Haszeldine of Falkland
Professor Stuart Haszeldine of Falkland

A FALKLAND man has been honoured by the Queen.

Stuart Haszeldine received the OBE for services to climate change technologies in her majesty’s birthday honours list.

And earlier this month, he was invested in a ceremony at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh.

Mr Haszeldine is professor of carbon capture and storage at Edinburgh University - the first post of its type and a world-renowned expert on the subject.

He said: “The Queen was very serene and calm, not like my nerves whilst receiving the honour on that day.

“She is very experienced at making people feel at ease, is a great listener, and has a wide knowledge to ask some good questions.

“We chatted about my research work on carbon capture and storage with large power plants, and about putting carbon back into soils with biochar at small towns and farms to improve crop growth.

“I told her how the award is on behalf of a large team at the university, working on these problems and how Scotland is creating a good leadership example internationally.”

“Most of all, I am pleased for my wife Aislinn, my children, and my own father - who was able to be present on the special day as well.”

Mr Haszeldine graduated with a bachelor of science degree, with honours, in geology from the university in 1977 and completed a doctorate in sedimentary and tectonic environments at Strathclyde University four years later.

He began his working life with the British National Oil Corporation and his academic one back at Strathclyde, in 1984, where he lectured in geology.

His pioneering research examines the full-chain of carbon capture and storage, in the context of changing climate, energy generation, and use.

Mr Haszeldine co-leads Britain’s largest university research group in the field - which also includes the capital-based Heriot-Watt Univerity and British Geological Survey, examining the whole chain from capture to storage and public understanding.

He also provides advice to United Kingdom and Scottish Government Ministers, as well as comment to science and public media.

He has received numerous accolades for his work and was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s leading science academy in 2003.