Carbon Chat Room
ECCI’s Carbon Chat Room is an opportunity for ECCI residents to meet, exchange news and views, and take part in meaningful discussions with fellow residents, students, staff and the wider ECCI community.
Vijay Bhopal, Scene Consulting
From November to January I was in India along with my colleague, Anna Harnmeijer. The trip was part of an ongoing project, seed-funded through the Scottish Government International Development Small Grants Programme. This is the first field trip in a three year long project which aims to pilot a communications solution to halt the decay of off-grid renewable energy projects in rural parts of the state of Odisha.
The problem definition and premise of our solution is explained properly here. In short we are looking to improve supply chain communications using SMS Gateway technology and data connectivity to ensure that local entrepreneurs are able to create profitable businesses from maintaining small-scale solar energy projects - leading to a situation in which repairing systems is viable. At the moment the expertise and parts required are often not available locally, leading to minor issues crippling projects and an inability for problems to be fixed.
David Townsend, ECCI Ideas Lab Resident
Benefits, Ironies and obstacles from the World Future Energy Summit – 2015 - Abu Dhabi
Last week I visited Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, statistically the third highest consumer of energy per capita and certainly one of the least sustainable places on the planet Earth.
Last week I visited Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, statistically the third highest consumer of energy per capita and certainly one of the least sustainable places on the planet Earth. The point of my visit was for the 8th World Future Energy Summit (WFES) at Abu Dhabi’s National Exhibition and Conference Centre (ADNEC), and while the summit is a great platform for meeting new business partners and getting an entry point to the Middle Eastern, it exposes some of the fundamentally unsustainable practices of global summits as well as the glaring short-fallings of the Middle East with regards to implementation of low-carbon technologies when compared to their projected global image. I will explore some of the benefits of the summit when compared to the ironies involved with the region in which it is hosted, and my thoughts on the main barriers to implementation of renewable energy in the region…
Jim Hart, ECCI's Low Carbon Business Innovation Project:
John Watt and Kevin Leitch, Scottish Green Investment Portfolio:
Victoria Barby, 2020 Climate Group:
Ragne Low, ClmateXChange – intro to ClimateXChange (CXC):
Sefton Laing and Lisa Stewart, RBS Sustainability – hear about RBS's lending to the Energy sector: http://www.rbs.com/content/dam/rbs/Documents/Sustainability/Energy_Financing_Report_2013.pdf