Low Carbon Innovation

Supporting Scottish SME's to develop low carbon products and services

The LCI project, specially commended by the Scottish Government as a key contributor to the achievement of the 2020 Climate Change targets, was a cornerstone in ECCI’s evolution.

LCI identified and then aimed to bridge the gap between university know-how and dynamic Scottish enterprises, matching expertise to new ideas, to new people, to new markets and to new finance.

Impact: Download the LCI Impact report

Over the four years ECCI’s team actively engaged with over 1400 Scottish enterprises, providing intensive support to over 200, helping them develop over 200 new low carbon products and services. This is turn created £3million of turnover and 25 new jobs.

Carbon Impact

Total carbon impact from work completed or in progress:

41,000 tonnes CO2e p.a. (equivalent to taking over 17,000 cars off the road)

Total additional carbon impact potential from work in the pipeline:

350,000 tonnes CO2e p.a. (equivalent to taking over 150,000 cars off the road: 6.7% of Scotland’s total car fleet)

The support provided by the ECCI - which continues through a myriad of new projects and activities, included business mentorship and expert advice on how to commercialise low carbon products and services, as well as enabling access to finance, international links and academic support with partner universities.

ECCI’s ties to the knowledge and expertise of our academic base, coupled with a commercial outlook and the steady growth of our ever-growing low carbon community has helped to transform the low carbon innovation landscape.

Key facts

Supporting Scottish SME’s to develop low carbon products and services 
Funded by ERDF, University of Edinburgh & Edinburgh Napier University 
Partners: ERDF, Edinburgh Napier University, Heriot-Watt University 
Duration: May 2011 – May 2015 
Total Investment: £1,567,797

Impact

• LCI met or exceeded all the targets set by ERDF
• 1,400 engagements with SMEs or networks
• 0ver 200 SMEs supported 
• 50 networks supported
• 51 in-depth projects supported
• 200 new products & services created – doubled target

Carbon Impact

An independent Carbon Impact* assessment calculated:

Total carbon impact from work completed or in progress: 

41,000 tonnes CO2e p.a. (equivalent to taking over 17,000 cars off the road)

Total additional carbon impact potential from work in the pipeline: 

350,000 tonnes CO2e p.a. (equivalent to taking over 150,000 cars off the road: 6.7% of Scotland’s total car fleet).

Using the carbon floor price as a guide, the ‘values’ of these impacts are of the order of £740,000 and £6.3m p.a. respectively.

* Methodology, Data Gathering & Analysis led by Jim Hart.

Sales

• £700k invested by ERDF
• Resulted in net sales of nearly £3million achieved by the companies supported at project close - a 4 to 1 ROI 
• 2018 prediction = net sales nearly £15million – a 20 to 1 ROI

Jobs:

• 25.5 new jobs created 
• 2018 prediction = 68 new jobs created

How the work continues...

The work and impacts kicked off by the LCI continue at ECCI through a myriad of new projects and activities, including the Deutsche Post DHL Innovation Suite - a dynamic, shared working space for public, private and third sector organisations; the Low Carbon Ideas Lab – ECCI’s business incubator; and ECCI’s second major European funded initiative – the 18-month, £1.2 million Smart Accelerator, all continue the good work of the project. The successful experience of the Low Carbon Innovation programme has also led ECCI to expand abroad.

Impact: Download the LCI Impact report

Request the full report: info@edinburghcentre.org

Video Case Studies

Read about the work we're doing with Scottish SME's and entrepreneurs like 2015 Scottish Renewables Entrepreneur of the Year Vijay Bhopal of community energy specialists Scene Consulting and Tanya Ewing, who secondary glazing solution 'Glaze & Save' was selected to help transform the energy bills of the vast RBS estate as  part of the RBS Innovation Gateway competition.

Watch short case study videos:

Albatern

CEO of Albatern, David Campbell, explains how ECCI has supported the development of his company.

Watch

http://albatern.co.uk

Colour Elements

Founder of Colour Elements, Karen Finlayson, explains how ECCI has supported the development of her organisation and how her business benefits from being a member of ECCI's Low Carbon Ideas Lab.

Watch

http://colourelements.com

Creative Carbon Scotland

Founder of Creative Carbon Scotland, Ben Twist. 

Watch

http://www.creativecarbonscotland.com

Glaze and Save

Founder of Glaze and Save, Tanya Ewing, explains how ECCI has supported the development of her organisation. Tanya's secondary glazing solution was selected to help transform the energy bills of the vast RBS estate as  part of the RBS Innovation Gateway competition. 

Watch

http://www.glazeandsave.co.uk/

Linknode

Founder of Linknode, Crispin Hoult, explains how ECCI has supported the development of Linknode via Scotland's 2020 Climate Group Appathon competition.

Watch

http://www.linknode.co.uk

 

Net Things

Marketing Manager of Net Things, Ian Clark, explains how ECCI has supported the development of his company, a home and business energy management solution.

Watch

http://www.netthings.co.uk

Scene Consulting

2015 Scottish Renewables Entrepreneur of the Year Vijay Bhopal explains how ECCI has supported the development of his company Scene Consulting.

Watch

http://www.sceneconsulting.com

The Surefoot Effect

Founder of The Surefoot Effect, Pamela Candea.

Watch

http://www.surefoot-effect.com

Water Engine Technology

Co-founder of Water Engine Technology (WET), Euan Hogg, explains how ECCI has supported the development of his company. WET are also a member of the Low Carbon Ideas Lab.

Watch

Vert Motors

Founder of Vert Rotors, Oleg Dimitriev.

Watch

http://vertrotors.com

 

Low Carbon Business Clusters

We work across the business sector from large corporates to micro start-ups (and all the way down the supply chain) in six business clusters. Find out more about the work we're doing in each cluster by navigating the links below: