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Start-ups prepare for #CLP17

The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) is offering people the opportunity to watch eleven climate start-ups battle it out in the Scottish finals of global green ideas competition ClimateLaunchpad.

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Sustainable Silk Roads: new event

Ensuring sustainability is at the heart of China’s plans to revive and expand its historic trade routes will be the focus of a conference, Sustainable Silk Roads, in Edinburgh on 4 and 5 October 2017.

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ECCI seeks new website to match its vision

ECCI is entering an exciting period of growth. Our vision for a thriving, zero carbon world is developing fast, so we are inviting quotations for a fresh new website that connects us with our emerging audiences.

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Accelerator start-ups scoop £400k

The start-ups taking part in the Climate-KIC Accelerator Stage 1 at ECCI have so far secured £400,000 of investment and picked up a range of prestigious awards, it has been revealed.

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ECCI hosts 24-hr climate hackathon

Edinburgh students, start-ups, entrepreneurs, big thinkers, technical experts and app developers are being invited to take part in a global 24-hour climate change hackathon which will take place simultaneously in major cities around the world on 27 October 2017.

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ECCI graduate revolutionising India's renewable gas

Inspired by Al Gore’s climate change film An Inconvenient Truth, Kevin Houston was in his mid-fifties when he opted to leave behind a successful career with multinational corporates like PwC and IBM to join the first intake of the University of Edinburgh’s Carbon Management Masters programme, now hosted at ECCI. 

Kevin was interviewed for the University of Edinburgh's Edit magazine about his business venture producing India's first renewable natural gas brand, Carbonlites.

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Hong Kong trip inspires new product launch for ECCI start-up

ECCI’s resident sustainable fashion start-up Colour Elements has launched a new product after an inspiring try to Hong Kong, facilitated by ECCI.

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Apply now for Climate-KIC Accelerator Stage 2

Scottish low carbon entrepreneurs will get the chance to apply for a place on the coveted Climate-KIC Accelerator as stage 2 of the programme opens for applications today (Monday 24 July 2017) at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI).

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University of Edinburgh to play key role in creating Data Capital of Europe

The University of Edinburgh will be a key partner in a major initiative that aims to make the city and its surrounding region Europe’s leading centre for applying data science to products and services.

The move to transform the region into a digital powerhouse is a key strand of the recently announced Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Deal.

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HKCCI unveils new support packages to help businesses break into Asia

ECCI’s Hong Kong base, HKCCI, has recently unveiled a new package of services to help low carbon entrepreneurs access the Hong Kong, Chinese and Singaporean markets. We caught up with HKCCI CEO Dr Shelley Zhou to get the lowdown.

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Scottish ClimateLaunchpad start-up scoops innovation prize

A liquid particle processing start-up taking part in the ClimateLaunchpad competition at ECCI has scooped a UK-wide innovation prize.

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SURVEY > Could forests be the sustainable investment to inspire you?

An innovative forestry investment start-up which is being supported by ECCI is looking for feedback on what inspires people about forests.

CloudForest, which has won a place in the Climate-KIC Accelerator being run in Scotland by ECCI, is setting out to create a compelling forestry investment for small investors.

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ECCI start-ups selected for Venturefest Scotland showcase

Three of ECCI’s resident start-ups have been accepted into the Innovation Showcase at national business innovation summit Venturefest Scotland this September.

IntelliDigest and CloudForest, part of the Climate-KIC Accelerator programme at ECCI, and resident business Colour Elements who recently won investment at the ScottishEDGE competition, will get the chance to network and showcase their ideas at the event.

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ECCI recruiting carbon audit interns

ECCI is seeking two carbon audit and reporting interns as part of our Climate-KIC partnership. The closing date is 12 July 2017.

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ECCI welcomes new recruits to ClimateLaunchpad Boot Camp

A dozen fledgling Scotland-based companies will be put through their paces this week at the ClimateLaunchpad Boot Camp at ECCI.

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Innovative start-ups move in to Climate-KIC Accelerator at ECCI

Eight cutting-edge Scottish start-ups chosen to take part in the coveted Climate-KIC Accelerator – a high profile EU-funded support programme for early stage businesses – today moved into

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Ideas Lab resident MiAlgae wins funding bid

ECCI Ideas Lab resident MiAlgae has won Scottish Enterprise SMART:SCOTLAND funding - founder and MD Douglas Martin tells us about his ambitions for his business.

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World’s largest cleantech ideas competition takes off from ECCI

ECCI is opening the ClimateLaunchpad green business competition – with cash prizes of up to €10,000 – for applications. 

 

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ClimateLaunchpad 2017 - Deadline extended to Wednesday 31 May

Good news for low carbon start-ups - we’ve extended the ClimateLaunchpad application deadline to Wednesday 31 May so you have the whole of the bank holiday weekend to perfect your application!

*Trigger warning! The following content may inspire you to apply for ClimateLaunchpad!*

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ECCI expertise helps lay foundations for China's first low-carbon college

China's first low-carbon college opened in Shanghai this week in partnership with the University of Edinburgh and ECCI.

The centre will encourage innovations for use both in China and around the world and draws on the expertise of the University of Edinburgh - GeoSciences and the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI).

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ECCI a “huge boost" say Climate-KIC chiefs

A little over a month after announcing the exciting new partnership ECCI welcomed newly appointed global CEO of Climate-KIC Kirsten Dunlop & Tom Mitchell - Director of Climate-KIC UK & Ireland - to Edinburgh this week.

The pair met with representatives from all areas of ECCI’s work to demonstrate the Centre’s important role in the climate innovation community in Scotland and the capacity of Edinburgh to be a European leader in this space.

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Climate change scholarships launched

Students from nations most at risk from climate change are to receive scholarships to study at ECCI as part of the Carbon Management MSc.

The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Scholarships will support up to twenty distance-learning places on the University’s postgraduate climate change management programme for 2017/18.

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Mocean Energy: On A Tidal Wave of Success

ECCI Ideas Lab residents Mocean Energy have secured vital funding and support to develop and test their innovative new wave energy technology.

Entrepreneurs Cameron McNatt, Chris Retzler (pictured above) will move to Stage 2 of the Wave Energy Scotland Novel Wave Energy Converter program.

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ECCI residents Colour Elements pitch their way to The Scottish EDGE Round 10 Final

ECCI residents Colour Elements have pitched their way to The Scottish EDGE Round 10 Final and a piece of the £100,000 Wild Card EDGE prize pot.

One of the original companies to be supported by ECCI's Low Carbon Ideas Lab - receiving tailored support to develop their low carbon business idea from a prestigious base at ECCI HQ - Colour Elements is a colour focussed retail support app, providing a sustainable method of shopping that’s centred on the person and celebrates all that makes them unique.

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Fashion Revolution day at ECCI in pictures

In celebration of Fashion Revolution Week 2017 Fashion Revolution Scotland, Colour Elements, Tartan Brunette and Edinburgh College of Art transformed ECCI into a sustainable fashion market for local makers to showcase their work and add their voice to the conversation on a sustainable and ethical fashion future.

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Applications race in for Climate-KIC Accelerator at ECCI

Recruitment for Climate-KIC Accelerator closed last week with a post bag overflowing with hopeful applicants competing for expert support and funding to help them take their target markets by storm.

Climate-KIC Accelerator is the first initiative launched at ECCI under the banner of Climate-KIC - the EU’s largest climate entrepreneurship programme.

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ECCI brings Europe’s biggest climate entrepreneurship programme to Scotland

Europe’s largest climate entrepreneurship programme is coming to Scotland for the first time in a move that will further boost Scotland’s thriving low carbon business sector, the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) announced today.

As the official partner of Climate-KIC in Scotland, ECCI will offer Scottish entrepreneurs the opportunity to bid for thousands of euros and dedicated support to help them take their target markets by storm.

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Consultants needed for EU's largest climate innovation programme

Consultants needed for EU's largest climate innovation programme

As part of our new Climate-KIC initiative - bringing the EU's largest climate innovation programme to Scotland - ECCI is recruiting consultants with experience of working with early stage and developing businesses, entrepreneurs and climate change stakeholders.

Find out more about Climate-KIC here: http://edinburghcentre.org/news/Climate-KIC-Launch

Download the tender document here.

 

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ECCI hosts climate conversations seminar

As part of ongoing engagement with the public, the Scottish Government initiated a series of climate conversations across Scotland to encourage a public discussion on climate change.

This process also developed resources including a How to Guide, based on the research undertaken by Climate Outreach on behalf of the Scottish Government and ClimateXChange and 20 climate conversations across Scotland over summer and autumn 2016 with Sniffer and Surefoot.

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New Centre for Sustainable Forests and Landscapes Taking Shape

ECCI was the venue for the first gathering of stakeholders set to launch the new University of Edinburgh Centre for Sustainable Forests and Landscapes in Summer 2017.

The aim of the event was to inform stakeholders of plans and to listen to feedback and ideas that will help collectively shape and develop the centre for maximimum impact in Scotland, the UK and internationally.

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ECCI at Edinburgh International Science Festival

Join ECCI for a third ‘festival within a festival’ as we present three low carbon innovation focused events as part of Edinburgh International Science Festival this April - the largest and longest running celebration of science in Europe.

Expect guilt free bike powered cinema, carbon innovation inspired art, a 'Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas’ and try out the latest electric bikes (and take a look under the bonnet of the latest vehicles) in our future vehicle showcase. More details below. In partnership with the University of Edinburgh and Take One Action film festival.

 
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Interview with Dr Shelley Zhou, CEO, HKCCI

Last month ECCI and the University of Edinburgh welcomed Dr Shelley Zhou, the newly in-post CEO of the Hong Kong Centre for Carbon Innovation, to Edinburgh. Following a packed week of meetings and events, Dr Zhou took the time to talk to us about HKCCI and her ambitions for the Centre as a collaborative partner and hub for low carbon innovation in Hong Kong.

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Retromixer – The Start of a Scottish Success Story

The achievements of ECCI Ideas Lab residents Artur & Denny from Retromixer have been celebrated in a leading Scottish water indusrty report. Described as a 'Scottish Success Story", the Hydro Nation Water Innovation Service highlights the pair's recent appearance on Dragons' Den and string of awards accomplishments.

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Environment Secretary meets University of Edinburgh scientists at cutting edge of climate action

Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Roseanna Cunningham, visited the University of Edinburgh last week to meet scientists at the forefront of climate change research.

Ms Cunningham visited the School of GeoSciences, where she spoke with academics and students engaged in a wide range of international projects linking science with climate action, climate justice and sustainable development.

The Cabinet Secretary, who was welcomed by the Vice Principal and Head of the College of Science and Engineering, Professor Lesley Yellowlees, also took part in a discussion about the impact of Brexit on future climate research at the institute.

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Carbon Capture & Storage News

Carbon Capture & Storage News from ECCI residents Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage

‘Twin-track’ approach to carbon removal will help deliver Scotland’s strategic energy ambitions

Scotland’s new “whole system” energy strategy must include a clear ambition to achieve a “net zero carbon” economy before 2050, with a twin-track approach to reinvigorating the delivery of carbon removal technology, according to a briefing sent to the Scottish Government. 

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FM Nicola Sturgeon pictured in Ideas Lab resident's design

First Minister and style icon Nicola Sturgeon was pictured wearing a a very special scarf on a visit to Ireland this week.

The scarf was a gift from ECCI Ideas Lab resident Karen Finlayson, whose company Colour Elements aims to reduce textile waste by promoting the concept of a lean wardrobe.

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Welcome to ECCI’s newest residents – Ideas Lab 4th Round

ECCI's Ideas Lab - Scotland’s only dedicated low carbon ideas accelerator – welcomes seven new residents.

Each fought off tough competition and navigated three stages of pitching to secure a base at ECCI, embarking on a programme of specialist support and networking opportunities over the next 6-12 months.

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Scottish Green Energy Awards Celebrates Past Present and Future

The ECCI team descended on a glitzy Scottish Green Energy Awards ceremony last night in the hope of converting one of ECCI’s three nomination into a prize.

The Awards highlight the most innovative, forward-thinking and sustainable projects, organisations and individuals in the renewable and low carbon industry in Scotland.

 
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University of Edinburgh Pledges to Go Zero by 2040

The University of Edinburgh has committed to become zero carbon by 2040. The University's Climate Strategy 2016 lays out a comprehensive whole institution approach to climate change mitigation and adaptation in order to achieve its ambitious targets.

The United Kingdom, along with more than 170 other countries, officially signed the Paris Agreement in 2016. The agreement sets out a global target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and a decisive call to action to mitigate dangerous climate change caused by human activity.

 
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Scottish business shines at 2016 VIBES Awards

Green champions crowned

A total of nine Scottish companies were recognised as champions of business sustainability at the 17th annual Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland (VIBES) Awards.

Guala Closures UK Ltd, Edinburgh Leisure, Farne Salmon and Trout Ltd, Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Veracity UK Ltd, Lothian Buses, Marlin Industries Scotland Ltd and Glenuig Inn Ltd each picked up a coveted green award at the ceremony held at Glasgow’s Radisson Blu Hotel on Tuesday 8th November.

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Horizon 2020 Smart Specialisation Project

ECCI are to partner on a new online Platform for Smart Specialisation Policy Advice. The H2020 Project is a two year project running from June 2016 to May 2018 - ECCI has been chosen as a partner to deliver the engagement.

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Case Study: Low carbon growing project at ECCI

Run by ECCI residents Franziska Srocke and Dr. Jan Mumme in collaboration with the ECCI Green Team

The aim of the project was to increase the awareness of resource efficiency in food production, to stimulate interdisciplinary discussions on this matter, and to investigate University-derived solutions to improve the carbon balance of food production (e.g., by adding biochar to the soil).  

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Impact of Wind Farms on House Prices

ClimateXChange has published a research project looking at the impact of wind farm developments on house prices across Scotland.

The project set out to test whether there is a significant difference in the average house price growth of properties in close proximity to a wind farm compared with properties that are not near a wind farm. The analysis takes into account the dates when individual turbines become operational, taking into account the before and after effects of wind turbine construction.

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ECCI welcomes HKCCI CEO Shelley Zhou

Hong Kong sustainability expert to lead UK low-carbon centre

ECCI is delighted to announce the appointment of a renowned Hong Kong sustainability expert to head up our Hong Kong.

Shelley Zhou will lead the University of Edinburgh’s Scotland Hong Kong Carbon Innovation Centre at the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park. 

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ECCI resident Carbomap forms world’s first Alliance of Tropical Forest Mappers

ECCI resident Carbomap has just announced the formation of the first Alliance of Tropical Forest Mappers. This new international Alliance of companies makes forest mapping expertise even more accessible across the tropics.

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“The Solar Fix” - New film reveals challenge of broken solar equipment in India

“The Solar Fix” 

New film reveals challenge of broken solar equipment in India

Around the world 1.1 billion people continue to live without access to electricity. Solar energy is a vital solution to challenges of energy poverty in South Asia and Sub Saharan Africa.

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Not 1, not 2 but THREE Scottish Green Energy Awards nominations for ECCI

ECCI has been shortlisted for three Scottish Green Energy Awards:

Champion of Renewables Award
Best Professional Services Award
Low Carbon Innovation project - Best Innovation Award

ECCI is among the 50 finalists shortlisted for the prestigious awards, which will be hosted by comedian Miles Jupp and presented in front of 1,000 guests in Edinburgh on December 1.

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Get behind ECCI residents' crowdfunding campaign

Smart Solar Spares and Repairs - Scene Consulting

Scene and partners are looking to raise £10,000 to trial their solar energy repair system Urjaa Samadhan, in Odisha (India) with 20 ‘solar entrepreneurs’. A 'super service centre' will be set up to support the 20 entrepreneurs with experienced repair technicians who will enact tougher repair jobs and act as a local parts distributor.

Every penny will be spent in Odisha, through our small team based in the capital, Bhubaneshwar. The operation runs as a social enterprise and aims to make impact on, rather that derive profit from, the solar energy market.

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EIGHT SCOTLAND-BASED ARTISTS SELECTED FOR ARTIST RESIDENCY EXPLORING THE CONNECTIONS BETWEEN ARTS AND SUSTAINABILITY

Creative Carbon Scotland (CCS) will welcome eight Scotland-based artists from a variety of disciplines to Cove Park on the Rosneath Peninsula, this weekend to explore and reflect upon humanity’s impact on the planet and the role of the arts in transitioning to a more environmentally sustainable society.

Over 100 artists from across Scotland applied to be a part of this residency, which will equip artists with opportunities to think about the role of cultural practices, learn from one another and develop their own work in relation to environmental sustainability. Artists are not expected to produce new work during the short residency, but rather use the experience as a springboard for future development in relation to residency themes and wider social change.

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IBioIC’s 3rd Annual Conference

IBioIC’s 3rd Annual Conference – Delivering Impact, Thursday 26 & Friday 27 January 2017, Glasgow

Now in its third year, IBioIC's annual conference returns for 2017 and is fast becoming the main 'go to' event for the biotech industry in Scotland. Attracting over 400 hundred bio-based professionals, academics and students from across the UK and Europe in 2016, this two day event aims to explore the potential for the industrial biotechnology's current and future activities in Scotland and further afield, whilst providing delegates with networking opportunities to drive new collaborations.

For 2017, we have great ambitions to reach our global network and invite you all to join us in Scotland for an event you will not want to miss.

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China placements will offer ‘ideal progression’ for career in Carbon Capture and Storage

A new collaboration between research centres in China and Scotland will provide graduate students with the opportunity to enhance their work prospects in the field of carbon capture and storage (CCS) by completing an industry placement.

The agreement between the UK-China (Guangdong) CCUS Centre (GDCCUS) and Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage (SCCS) will pave the way for three to four graduates a year to travel to Guangdong for six-month internships, either at the centre itself or with one of its industry partners – such as Guangdong Electric Design Institute, China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), China Resources Power or the CIMC Group.

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Local energy systems experts shape future strategy

Local energy systems in the UK: Taking stock and looking forward 

22 September 2016

Hosted at ECCI, Local energy systems in the UK: Taking stock and looking forward brought researchers, policymakers, community energy practitioners, and other private, public and third sector stakeholders together to meet and exchange knowledge on the transition towards local energy systems.

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‘Bitesize' Buzz

An invited selection of Scotland's top business leaders and climate related experts descended on ECCI last Friday for Bitesize - an initiative that aims to get Scotland's business leaders and climate related experts to create a shared agenda of joined up action and common goals.

The invitation-only, full day event on 9 September drew together people from business, academia, the third sector, national and local government. Laurent Fabius, the French lead at Paris COP 2015, was also awarded the Shackleton medal for leadership by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society at a castle reception in the evening.

 
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Climate Launchpad Scotland winners prepare for finals in Estonia

ClimateLaunchpad, the world’s largest low carbon business ideas competition, selected three winners to represent Scotland at the global final in Tallinn, Estonia later this year, including Low Carbon Ideas Lab residents CreChar.

 
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ECCI International Hong Kong Trade Mission 2016

ECCI and Scottish Development International lead Hong Kong trade mission for Scottish, low carbon, SMEs

SDI offer funded places for eligible Scottish SMEs to participate in the October trip to Hong Kong.  

Focused on identifying, sharing and creating low carbon partnerships and opportunities the October 22-29 Trade Mission will involve 12-15 businesses looking to explore and learn about the significant opportunities afforded by the Hong Kong environment. Team Scotland will tailor the trip and experience for businesses - matching the needs of Scottish SMEs in a cross sector approach to low carbon opportunities. In addition to full and free access to one of Asia's largest trade shows an exciting programme of pitching, one-to-ones and knowledge shares is offered. Find out more about how your business can benefit from supported opportunities in Hong Kong and China.

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ECCI entrepreneurs to appear on BBC's “DRAGONS’ DEN”

ECCI based entrepreneurs Artur Napiórkowski & Denny Schenk will appear on hit BBC series DRAGONS’ DEN this Sunday to pitch their low carbon invention to the millionaire ‘Dragons’.

Artur and Denny won a place in ECCI’s LOW CARBON IDEAS LAB earlier this year with the RETROMIXER: a patent pending, easy to use, adjustable and affordable adapter that mixes hot and cold water streams.

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The Bothy Project joins ECCI

Welcome to ECCI's newest resident - The Bothy Project.

The Bothy Project is a growing network of small-scale, off-grid art residency spaces in distinct and diverse locations around Scotland.

 
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Applications open for Scotland's only low carbon business incubator

The fourth round of applications for Scotland's only low carbon business incubator opens on Monday 8 August.

The Low Carbon Ideas Lab, based at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, provides support, mentoring and world class accommodation for inspirational ideas that accelerate Scotland’s progress towards a low carbon economy. 

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SCCS study: Scotland’s industry ‘clusters’ hold key to reducing cost of UK climate action

SCCS study: Scotland’s industry ‘clusters’ hold key to reducing cost of UK climate action

A new study of “clusters” of industrial facilities in Scotland supports recent advice to the UK Government that a focus on delivering shared transport and storage infrastructure can greatly reduce the cost of achieving deep cuts in the UK’s carbon emissions.

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Cost of decarbonising UK without carbon capture and storage could be an extra £30 billion

Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage press statement: Cost of decarbonising UK without carbon capture and storage could be an extra £30 billion

A report by the National Audit Office (NAO) released today states that HM Treasury’s decision last November to axe the Government’s carbon capture and storage (CCS) competition could increase the cost of meeting the UK’s carbon targets by 2050 by £30 billion.

 
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Carbogenics make the ClimateLaunchpad EU finals

Congratulations to ECCI Ideas Lab residents Carbogenics, one of 3 companies selected to go on and represent Scotland at the ClimateLaunchpad EU finals.

16 finalists, including ECCI's own Ideas Lab residents, pitched to the crowd and a panel of judges at the ClimateLaunchpad Scotland finals at ECCI yesterday.

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ECCI hosts IEAGHG: Safe and secure CO₂ storage on the agenda

Reducing the cost of monitoring the underground storage of the carbon dioxide (CO₂) and examining developments that improve the accuracy of predicting CO₂ behaviour were two key topics for discussion at an international gathering of geoscientists at ECCI last week, co-hosted by ECCI residents Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage (SCCS).

The three-day event, organised by IEAGHG – a research programme set up by the International Energy Agency (IEA) to study technologies for tackling greenhouse gas emissions – will bring together experts in CO₂ storage modelling and monitoring from five continents.

 
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ECCI residents host Global Water Stewardship Forum

ECCI's resident water stewardship pioneers Alliance for Water Stewardship are hosting Edinburgh’s first global forum this year.

 

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ECCI hosts Edinburgh International Fashion Festival

ECCI partners up with Edinburgh International Fashion Festival again this year to host an event focused on the circular economy and sustainable business models on Saturday 23 July.

The free public event will include a talk from Claire Bergkamp, head of Stella McCartney’s Sustainability Program in London, and an expert panel of speakers including ECCI Ideas Lab resident Karen Finlayson, Colour Elements, and Carbon Management student Margaux Emery, whose dissertation focuses on the topic.

Watch this space for booking details.

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Recruitment News: ECCI Residents Scene Consulting - Summer Research Internship

Recruitment News: ECCI Residents Scene Consulting - Summer Research Internship

In collaboration with Coventry University, Scene are conducting a longitudinal study of community renewable energy (CRE) in Scotland. Building on research conducted in 2012 to understand and assess the current state of the CRE sector, the project aims to understand how these projects have developed and changed in the last 4 years. Using both desk based research and phone surveying, the project will revisit the projects surveyed in 2012, and identify and interview newly developed projects.

More information: http://scene.community/blog/were-hiring-re-investigating-community-energy-in-scotland-research-intern

AIMday Construction

AIMday Construction on 3rd October 2016 in Edinburgh

Find out how academics from The University of Edinburgh could apply the latest research to your individual company challenges. The event programme will also include presentations on two of the UK’s largest construction projects - The Queensferry Crossing and Crossrail.

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ECCI Ideas Lab Resident Wins Wildcard EDGE Award

ECCI Ideas Lab Resident Godwin Osigwe picked up a Wildcard EDGE Award at a ceremony at RBS HQ this week.

Scottish EDGE is a competition aimed at identifying and supporting Scotland’s up-and-coming, innovative, high-growth potential entrepreneurial talent, and the WildCard Edge award is targeted at companies who are pre-trading.

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ECCI Ideas Lab success at Inspire Launch Grow Awards

ECCI Ideas Lab resident Chris Palmer has bagged a £1000 prize at the Inspire Launch Grow Awards.

Chris picked up the Enterprise Award runners-up prize for his work on TravelHUB, a web-based system that helps organisations optimise their business travel and puts sustainability at the heart of decision-making.

The awards celebrate the entrepreneurial successes of University of Edinburgh staff, students and alumni.

 
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ECCI's Head of Innovation to Attend Oxford Summer Programme

We are delighted to announce that ECCI’s Deputy Director Ed Craig has been awarded a full bursary to attend the prestigious Oxford University Business Economic Programme during the summer 2016.

Ed was nominated by the Royal Bank of Scotland as one of two fully funded places and will focus on low carbon business economics including the economics of the circular economy. 

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ECCI Finalise Search for HK Centre Director

ECCI and the University of Edinburgh are in the final stages of recruiting a Director for the Centre with a shortlist to be confirmed imminently.

The role of Director will direct and develop the Hong Kong Centre for Carbon Innovation (HKCCI) Ltd. business into a vibrant enterprise and innovation hub, which is self financing within one year to eighteen months. To identify and develop new commercial and academic funding and project partnership opportunities for the University of Edinburgh and the wider Scottish Hong Kong partnership To develop and build relationships with Scottish and Hong Kong stakeholders, with a primary focus on low carbon innovation, learning and skills. 

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Eco-Innovation Mission to Hong Kong October 2016

Scottish Development International (SDI) have funded ECCI to coordinate and lead a significant mission of SMEs, enterprises and public agencies to Hong Kong and into China in late October 2016. The Trade Mission wil take place from 23-27 October. 

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ECCI and CxC attend Washington Summit

Climate X Change Programme Manager Ragne Low and Director of ECCI Andy Kerr attended the Climate Action Summit in Washington last month, which aimed to inject momentum into the multi-stakeholder actions required to deliver the international Paris Agreement from last December.

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ECCI in Chile

Director Andy Kerr attended Energy 2050: Society, Science and Technology last week along with academics and researchers from University of Edinburgh. The conference, held in Santiago Chile, was organised by academics from the School of Engineering, Catholic University of Chile in Santiago and aimed to showcase leading low carbon energy ambitions in Latin America.

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ECCI Wins Guardian Sustainable Business Awards

ECCI’s flagship Low Carbon Innovation project won a Guardian Sustainable Business Award last evening at a ceremony in London.

The awards recognise any organisations genuinely advancing sustainable business, from big multinational to tiny social enterprises. 

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Ideas Lab's Retromixer hits the shelves!

RETROMIXER is available for a limited time at Kings Buliding's Centre Shop in Edinburgh!

The innovative product from Ideas Lab resident business Retromixer is now available at the EUSA shop at the King's Buildings campus. If you happen to be in the area, pop in and have a look at their demonstrator sink. 

It's only on display and available for purchase until this FRIDAY, 20 May at the early bird price of just £12! So hurry up and get your Retromixer!

Detailed location: KB Centre Shop, King's Buildings, Edinburgh EH9 3JF

 

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Are you Scotland’s Elon Musk?

Last week ECCI invited Andrew Mitchell, who is helping to bring Climate-KIC's Climate Launchpad to Scotland for the first time, to share his thoughts on Scotland's entreprenurial culutre and the circular economy. If you'd like to find out more about the Launchpad or apply check out www.climatelaunchpad.org 

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Edinburgh Architectural Awards at ECCI

ECCI is pleased to host the Edinburgh Architectual Association awards ceremony on Thursday 5 May.

The EAA Awards are designed to create a showcase for the Architectural profession to demonstrate its skills and its contribution to the environment and the economy. The EAA Awards highlight the excellent work undertaken within the Chapter Area and by Architects in general.

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ECCI in Hong Kong & Shanghai April 2016

In April 2016 ECCI led a significant delegation of SME entrepreneurs, academics and enterprise agency leaders to Hong Kong and then into Shanghai continuing to build the Scottish SME presence and partnerships with the world’s second biggest economy and world’s largest carbon emitter - China. 

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ClimateLaunchpad The world’s biggest cleantech business ideas competition.

APPLY NOW for ClimateLaunchpad - The world’s biggest cleantech business ideas competition

ClimateLaunchpad is a business ideas competition, running across 28 European countries this summer, and in Scotland for the first time. With a total prize fund in excess of €1 million, anyone with an idea or early stage startup can apply and get up to €105,000 in cash and grants to help them develop and grow. 

ClimateLaunchpad is entirely complementary to support you might get from programmes such as Informatics Ventures, Scottish EDGE, the Converge Challenge and indeed seed and angel investment rounds. 

We love back-of-the-napkin stage ideas that have global potential. You could be an industry engineer, scientist, corporate executive or public sector worker, who would like to spin-out an idea or embark on an entrepreneurial career.

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ECCI Wins Sustainability Impact Award

ECCI’s flagship Low Carbon Innovation project has won the Sustainability Impact award in the University of Edinburgh’s Sustainability Awards.

The awards offer an opportunity for staff and students to contribute towards the University of Edinburgh becoming more socially responsible and sustainable.

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National Centre for Resilience launched at Crichton Campus by Environment Minister

Scotland's new National Centre for Resilience (NCR) has been officially launched by the Environment Minister, Dr Aileen McLeod, at the University's Crichton Campus in Dumfries.

ECCI Executive Director Dr. Andy Kerr chairs the NCR Research and Training Working Group.

The NCR, which will have its core staffing presence on the Crichton Campus, is set to become a "centre for excellence" focusing on natural hazards, said Dr McLeod.

It will work to enhance Scotland's resilience and the steps that can be taken to ensure that local communities are fully and adequately prepared for natural hazards such as flooding and landslides.

 
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Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalists Announced

The 6 Finalists of the 2015 Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award have been announced.

ECCI’s Charlotte Waugh was part of the judging panel who had the tough task of whittling down the entries to the 6 impressive finalists.

Shell LiveWIRE is the UK's biggest online community for young entrepreneurs aged 16-30.

Established in 1982, the Shell LiveWIRE programme offers free online business advice and funding to young entrepreneurs in the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). 

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Funded student places at Shanghai Jiao Tong University Summer Programme

Shanghai Jiao Tong University Summer Programmes 2016

Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China are offering an exciting opportunity for 3 University of Edinburgh students to participate in one of their Summer Programmes in 2016. Accommodation, fees and insurance will be covered – participants will be required to pay for their own flights and subsistence costs. Register interest by 11 March 2016. Further details of programme...

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Invest HK Celebrates Year of the Monkey at ECCI

ECCI's main atrium was filled with the sound of Hong King's traditional New Year celebration - the stunning Lion Dance welcoming in the Year of the Monkey. Director General of The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Ms Priscilla To along with Head of Investment Promotion Invest HK's Andrew Davis were among the notable attendees to enjoy the reception and entertainment. 

A lion dance performance is performed at the Chinese New Year reception in Edinburgh.

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VOTE FOR ECCI TO WIN BREEAM BUILDING OF THE YEAR

ECCI's stunning headquarters at High School Yards has been shorlistred in the Your BREEAM Awards.

The BREEAM Awards recognise and reward the highest scoring BREEAM certified buildings each year.

Vote for ECCI now at the link below and don't forget to tweet your support for @edcentreCC using #BREEAM. 

VOTE NOW: http://www.breeam.com/shortlist

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ECCI at Make in India

Director of ECCI, Dr Andy Kerr, heads to India this week to participate in the University of Edinburgh’s research and teaching showcase taking place over the next month.

Andy Kerr will be taking part in Make in India week – India’s global design and manufacturing showcase celebrating the best and brightest in Indian manufacturing with special focus on smart cities and renewables.

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Water Engine Technologies take the top prize at the Shell Springboard 2016 Regional Finals

Original Ideas Lab residents, Water Engine Technologies, won a share of a £120,000 prize pot at the 2016 Shell Springboard awards held at ECCI on Tuesday evening.

Water Engine Technologies of Galashiels, which develops run-of-river systems for generating electricity, secured £40,000 from the energy giant’s fund, aimed at finding and supporting “breakthrough” low-carbon enterprises, after seeing off competition from 140 other businesses. The company will now go forward to the UK final of Shell’s competition, to be held in London next month.

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Scotland’s seven new low-carbon pioneers

Seven budding inventors have been selected by The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) to further develop their products designed to cut carbon emissions and offset climate change.

From turning used coffee cups into nutrient-rich plant pots to urban farming and harder working , the ideas arriving at the ECCI are as diverse as they are impressive.

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Committee on Climate Change return to ECCI for Scotland talks

The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) is hosting a special Scotland-focused meeting of the Committee on Climate Change. It’s the second time the Centre has been selected to host a meeting.

The Committee on Climate Change, the independent body that advises the UK and devolved Governments on tackling and preparing for climate change, will meet on Friday 22 January 2016 at the UK’s leading ECCI’s low carbon innovation hub.

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ECCI to Conduct Feasibility Study on Lingang Province, China

The project (developed for Scottish Development International) will scope the logistics and possibilities as well as the size of the financial prize for Scottish SMEs exporting and setting up low carbon products, technologies and businesses in this new market. Lingang, a new city being developed in the Shanghai Lingang Province is part of the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, with close links and transport to central Shanghai. The area is one of the largest chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing bases for China. 

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Capture Mobility installs new turbine in A90 Highway Dundee

ECCI Ideas Lab resident company Capture Mobility successfully installed the turbine last week. The hybrid micro wind turbine harvests the turbulence of passing by traffic and will be used to power up a Bluetooth station and vehicle counting points. Capture Mobility has garnered numerous awards including Shell Lets Go Trade Award, UK Trade and Investment Sirius Award Winner, Top 8 Social Tech Entrepreneurs From All Over the World by SE Forum Sweden, Shell Young Entrepreneur Award to name a few. Read more about Capture Mobility.

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UK experts help to establish first low-carbon college in Shanghai

China’s first college for the study of low-carbon technology is to open next year in a partnership involving world-leading experts from the UK.

"We are delighted to forge a close relationship with Shanghai Jiao Tong University. There is a clear need for effective knowledge exchange in order to progress a lower carbon economy and society around the world. The Sino-UK low carbon college will be an active player in the low-carbon valley initiative in Shanghai’s Lingang region. The initiative aims to deploy and demonstrate low-carbon solutions nationally and globally. We are delighted that the Shanghai Lingang Municipality see Edinburgh as a key partner to drive impact through innovative low-carbon solutions."

Ed Craig
Head of Enterprise and Innovation - ECCI

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Your Voice at Paris Keep Scotland Beautiful consultation

Keep Scotland Beautiful presented Climate Change Minister, Aileen McLeod, with a report containing the views of more than 800 people in advance of the United Nations Climate Change Conference which takes place in Paris in December.

The report summarises the findings of KSB’s public consultation during the autumn of 2015 on the UN climate change negotiations, the 21st Convention of Parties in Paris (COP21) and included the views of ECCI staff, students and residents.

The summary report and more information can be found here: www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/yourvoiceatparis

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Celtic Renewables honoured as the Emerging Business of the Year at the Scottish Business Awards

Scottish biofuel pioneers and ECCI supported company Celtic Renewables were recognised as the “Emerging Business of the Year” at this year’s Scottish Business Awards.

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Alliance for Water Stewardship launches water standard in Pakistan

ECCI residents Alliance for Water Stewardship launched its international water standard in Pakistan last month.

Pakistan WWF and Nestlé hosted a symposium on water management to mark the official launch of the international water standard in Pakistan, expected to be implemented by key corporate and industrial establishments in the country.

AWS Executive Director Adrian Sym kicked off proceedings with an overview of the journey of the AWS standard from conception to implementation in different countries.

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ECCI residents Scene Consulting shortlisted for Business Green Technology Awards

A mobile and web platform developed through a collaboration of ECCI founding residents Scene Consulting and the University of Edinburgh has been shortlisted for the Business Green Technology Awards.

Urjaa Samadhan connects people with broken solar equipment to people who can fix it.

Developed through a collaboration of Scene Consulting and the University of Edinburgh, the Urjaa Samadhan project has developed rapidly in the last few months. 

Recently the project team visited Odisha, India to finalise the technology and to be initiate the formation of multiple pilot projects. The pilot projects will begin next month, when several of Scene’s staff are revisiting a variety of locations around the state of Odisha.

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Job opportunity: Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group Project Director

Based at ECCI, the 2020 Group is a business-led group created to support delivery of Scottish 2020 emission reduction targets. It currently has over 80 organisational members, and is undergoing a period of review and renewal.

The project Director will be responsible for the management and success of the 2020 Group secretariat, which supports the 2020 Group and ensures the expertise and resources within the Group are used to meet the strategic aims agreed by the Chair and Vice Chairs.

Find out more and apply here: https://www.vacancies.ed.ac.uk/pls/corehrrecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.display_form

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Ideas Lab residents Water Engine Technology launches research centre

ECCI Ideas Lab resident Water Engine Technology has launched an innovative new centre for research in a former school in the Scottish Borders.

Water Engine Technologies incorporated in February last year to market the Water Engine – an innovative micro hydropower technology that can harness the power of low head water courses with minimal ecological and visual impact.

Since July 2014, the company has been designing and fabricating its first demonstration Water Engine on a test site in Clydebank.

 
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ECCI launches final leg of Pole to Paris marathon

ECCI was chosen as the launchpad for the final leg of the marathon Pole to Paris campaign this weekend. 

POLE TO PARIS aims to raise awareness of COP21 by following two environmental scientists as they travel from the poles to Paris by bicycle in the South and foot in the North.

 

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ECCI’s Low Carbon Ideas Lab Open Now for Applications

Scotland's first low carbon ideas incubator offers support, mentoring and world class accommodation for inspirational ideas that accelerate Scotland’s progress towards a low carbon economy.

A third round of applications is now open until 12pm on Friday 6th Nov.
Apply online: http://lowcarbonideaslab.edinburghcentre.org 

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Shepherd and Wedderburn sponsors Low Carbon Ideas Lab

Shepherd and Wedderburn are the latest orgnisation to offer their support to ECCI's Low Carbon Ideas Lab. 

S+W is a leading UK law firm with offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Aberdeen. With 79 partners and around 400 staff, they provide expert legal advice to commercial, public sector and private sector clients across a diverse range of industries with both UK and global interests.

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Ideas Lab residents Capture Mobility Finalists at Falling Walls

Ideas Lab residents Capture Mobility have been selected among the top 20 ventures of Falling Walls conference in Berlin.

Brother and sister duo Sidra and Sanwal Muneer have created an hybrid renewable energy technology for harvesting solar and wind energy from roads.

Founder Sanwal Muneer was selected among the top 100 young innovators of the world in the same conference.

The Falling Walls Conference is an annual global gathering of forward thinking individuals from 75 countries organized by the Falling Walls Foundation.

Each year, 20 of the world’s leading scientists are invited to Berlin to present their current breakthrough research. 

The aim of the conference is to:
connect science with the innovation industry, politics, media and culture identify trends, opportunities and solutions for global challenges make research understandable to a broad audience,inspire people to break down the walls that we face today.

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Alliance for Water Stewardship secure a world’s first

ECCI innovation suite residents Alliance for Water Stewardship secured a world’s first this week as Ecolab became the First in the World to Receive Alliance for Water Stewardship Standard Certification.

A trusted partner at more than one million customer locations, Ecolab (ECL) is the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources. 

With 2014 sales of $14 billion and 47,000 associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions and on-site service to promote safe food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use and improve operational efficiencies for customers in the food, healthcare, energy, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries around the world.

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Scotland’s National Centre for Resilience is on track to launch in March 2016

Scotland’s National Centre for Resilience is on track to officially launch in March 2016, Environment Minister Aileen McLeod confirmed this week.

ECCI will contribute to the knowledge and research element of the Centre alongside University of Glasgow, mapping resilience training and research activities.

Dr McLeod discussed plans with local delivery partners in Dumfries today as work steps up on a dedicated new centre that will enhance Scotland’s resilience capability. She said she believes the centre will become a ‘national asset’ once it is up and running.

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Scotland's Way Ahead

Scotland's Way Ahead Launched Today

Exciting new initiative building on Scotland’s engineering tradition launched.

A new report launched today (Mon 24 Aug) is the first step in exploring how Scotland’s proud engineering tradition can be harnessed to tackle fuel poverty, improve public health, create jobs and slash carbon missions.

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Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, officially opens ECCI's new base

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, officially opened ECCI's new base in the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park today as part of a Scottish Government trade mission. 

The ‘Team Scotland’ centre will be led by the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) and is funded by the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University, BRE Scotland and Scottish Development International.

The Centre makes the University of edinburgh the first Scottish university is the first education institution in the world to establish a low-carbon centre in another country. 

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Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, to officially open new Hong Kong centre

The launch event will take place at the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park.

The opening makes the University of Edinburgh the first education institution in the world to establish a low-carbon centre in another country. 

The ‘Team Scotland’ centre will be led by the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) and is funded by the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University, BRE Scotland and Scottish Development International.

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Gearing up for the launch of the Scotland Hong Kong Centre for Carbon Innovation

Later this month ECCI will launch its first base outside Edinburgh in Hong Kong. The Scotland Hong Kong Centre for Carbon Innovation (SHKCCI) will provide a conduit for Scottish organisations aiming to create local partnerships and introduce products and services to Hong Kong businesses.

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Ideas Lab residents go full steam ahead with feasibility studies

It's been a great couple of weeks for ECCI's Low Carbon Ideas Lab residents with two residents securing investment to push ahead with essential plans to test their ideas at scale for the first time.

Founder of Town Rock Energy David Townsend is part of the successful consortium that has won Scottish Government funding for a geo-thermal energy feasibility study, announced this week.

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High School Yards Steps Re-opened

Edinburgh’s High School Yards steps, leading from the Cowgate to ECCI, have been reopened to the public after 12 years of closure and are now the focus of an installation by Edinburgh artist Callum Innes.

The historic steps, which link the Cowgate and Drummond Street via High School Yards, were closed in 2003 after reports of anti-social behaviour. Their restoration is the result of an 18 month partnership project to revive the route between the City of Edinburgh Council, Edinburgh World Heritage and The University of Edinburgh.

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Blog: SMART CITY, SMART SOLUTIONS INTERNATIONAL LOW CARBON DELEGATION TO HONG KONG

ECCI partnered with Scottish Development International, to accompany 12 Scottish businesses with low carbon products and services to Hong Kong and sponsored City Carbon Vision 2015 in Hong Kong.

We ask Low Carbon Ideas Lab resident Karen Finlayson, CEO of Colour Elements, what she got out of the recent Hong Kong Mission.

It just shows that when you’re starting out you’ve got to put yourself out there. You never know when or where you’re going to make the next connection or meet the right person. And there’s no shortage of opporutnities to do that at ECCI.

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ECCI’s Ideas Lab residents win the big prize at Cleantech Innovate's storming Scotland debut

ECCI Ideas Lab resident Euan Hogg, of Water Engine Technology, beat off tough competition to win a cash prize of €20,000 at the inaugural Cleantech Innovate Scotland 2015 last night.

Billed as “Scotland’s first dedicated showcase for commercial green industry innovation” 25 finalists developing the “clean technologies of the future” lined up at Glasgow’s Technology Innovation Centre to present their plans live in front of an audience of investors, buyers and industry specialists.

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Innovation Suite resident Vijay Bhopal wins Entrepreneur Award at Scottish Renewables Young Professionals Green Energy Awards

Innovation Suite resident Vijay Bhopal is the first recipient of the Entrepreneur Award at the inaugural Scottish Renewables Young Professionals Green Energy Awards.

Vijay was among 11 winners at a glittering ceremony in Glasgow last night (May 28).

Ideas Lab resident David Townsend of Town Rock Energy was also a finalist in the Entrepreneur and Pioneer category.

 
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ECCI Welcomes New Ideas Labbers

New residents join Scotland’s first low carbon business incubator - the Low Carbon Ideas Lab.

The new intake of entrepreneurs include a hybrid renewable energy technology for harvesting solar and wind energy from roads; an ethical manufacturing company looking for a natural replacement for fiberglass; and former John Logie Baird Entrepreneur of the Year Godwin Odigwe, now developing a cleantech alternative for air conditioning units.

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Edinburgh University to fully divest from three of the world's biggest fossil fuel producers

Edinburgh University is to fully divest from three of the world's biggest fossil fuel producers within the next six months.

The decision has been taken by the university's investment committee, which met earlier.

It follows the end of a 10-day student occupation of one of its buildings in Chambers Street.

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Blogs and news from ECCI’s and University of Edinburgh's Hong Kong mission

ECCI accompanied colleagues form the University of Edinburgh to Hong Kong this week, forwarding the partner’s plans for opening a base in the region later this year and highlighting the international scope of Edinburgh’s research, teaching and impact and of the shear scale of the university.

ECCI also partnered with Scottish Development International, to accompany 12 Scottish businesses with low carbon products and services to Hong Kong and sponsored City Carbon Vision 2015 in Hong Kong.

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Making better decisions? Using Citizens' Juries in Scotland

Through a unique project – a first in the UK – consisting of three citizens’ juries in three locations across Scotland, ClimateXChange and the University of Edinburgh looked at how to directly involve diverse groups of citizens in decision making on issues that affect them.

The project team, including Dr Oliver Escobar and Dr Jen Roberts, this week spoke about the bespoke design of the juries and the research findings, and to discuss the potential for citizens’ juries to support decision making in Scotland.

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ECCI's Low Carbon Innovation Award winners Sunamp secure £1.2M investment

Sunamp Ltd, the renewable energy and heat storage business, announced today that it has received over £1.2 million of investment from private equity investors, in a two stage round led by Par Equity and Equity Gap. Investors include former SSE Chief Executive, Ian Marchant.

Sunamp, a company supported by ECCI's Low Carbon Innovation programme for four years, were awarded Most Innovative Product in ECCI's Low Carbon Innovations Awards last month.

Sunamp designs and produces innovative heat storage batteries that help overcome the issue of energy wastage by storing excess energy as heat for later use. The company, which is based in East Lothian, was founded by successful technology entrepreneur, Andrew Bissell, and to date has been funded by a mixture of grants, loans and private investment.

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ECCI sponsors City Carbon Vision 2015 in Hong Kong

City Carbon Vision 2015: Risk and Resilience organised by The Climate Group and sponsored by ECCI, CLP, ATAL, HKSTP and the Hong Kong Jockey Club and others will investigate the acceleratrion of investment and incentives to unlock the priorities associated with making buildings and the built environment low carbon and energy efficient.

Despite a toolkit of codes, policies and programs to promote energy efficient buildings around the world, 80% of this savings remains potentially untapped.

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ECCI Ideas Lab resident wins 2015 Heriot Watt Scottish Energy News Researcher of the Year Award 2015

ECCI Ideas Lab resident David Townsend has won the 2015 Heriot Watt Scottish Energy News Researcher of the Year Award 2015 (Energy and Entrepreneurship category).

Fergus Ewing Scottish Energy Minister yesterday presented the award to David Townsend of Town Rock Energy.

Each winner was presented with a fine glass trophy and a cheque for £500 by the Minister at a ceremony hosted in Edinburgh by the UK Green Investment Bank.

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EIE 15 - Scotland's biggest and best investor showcase

'Engage Invest Exploit' burst onto the international investment stage in Edinburgh for an eighth year running last night - undoubtedly the biggest, boldest and most vibrant event yet.

Kicking off from humble beginnings in a university room in 2008, ENGAGE INVEST EXPLOIT (EIE) is now Scotland’s premier annual investor showcase of high-quality technology companies including spin-outs from Scotland’s world leading universities and early stage companies from the wider entrepreneurial eco-system.

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International Low Carbon delegation to Hong Kong, 18-22 May 2015

ECCI in partnership with Scottish Development International, will accompany 12 Scottish businesses with low carbon products and services to Hong Kong later this month.

The trip will focus on identifying, sharing and creating partnerships and projects for innovative Scottish enterprises and organisations with low carbon solutions to offer Hong Kong. 

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ECCI Resident hosts Sustainable Fashion Masterclass at Glasgow Apple Store

ECCI Ideas Lab Resident Karen Finlayson, CEO of Colour Elements, shared her innovative new app woth Apple customers as part of a Sustainable Fashion Masterclass in the Glasgow Apple store last night.

The app digitally converts a colour classification system developed by Colour Elements aimed to help customers make wise colour choices.

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Carbomap join ECCI Innovation Suite.

CarboMap are the latest organisation to join ECCI’s multidisciplinary, community led innovation space.

Carbomap applies state-of-the-art science to the problem of measuring and mapping the world's forest carbon. The idea was spun out of the University of Edinburgh in 2013, taking forward over five years of world-class research in the development of new forest mapping technologies and approaches.

CarboMaps’s scientific founders have international reputations in remote sensing methodologies, satellite radar mapping, forest structure mapping, carbon sequestration and airborne survey.

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Business Pioneers Acknowledged in Low Carbon Business Innovation Awards

Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) acknowledges business pioneers in inaugural Low Carbon Innovation Awards

Awards mark the conclusion of ECCI’s flagship four-year Low Carbon Innovation (LCI) project

ECCI’s Low Carbon Innovation (LCI) project, specially commended by the Scottish Government as a key contributor to the achievement of the 2020 Climate Change targets, was a key cornerstone in ECCI’s evolution, providing the core funding and staff to take ECCI from a good idea within a group of innovative, impact-focused academics, to the bustling hub of ideas and innovations it is today.

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Carbon Masters MSc Goes Online and Carbon-neutral

The Carbon Masters MSc based at ECCI is going virtual and zero carbon.

A degree programme that aims to be the greenest available will seek to equip graduates from around the world with the skills to tackle climate change.

Organisers of the online MSc in Carbon Management at the University of Edinburgh aim to provide students with world class learning through lessons that have no carbon footprint.

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ECCI Makes the Grade for a Bronze Sustainability Award

The innovation and achievement of both staff and students was celebrated at the fifth annual Edinburgh Sustainability Awards.

More than 200 staff and students gathered at the Playfair Library Hall to celebrate the achievements of over 40 teams in the Sustainability Awards.

ECCI joined other office winners who have embedded within their departments a range of practices across six themes including energy, waste and wellbeing, while Gold and Silver winners went further to complete tougher criteria and deliver special projects.

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Sold out debut for ECCI at Edinburgh International Science Festival.

For the first time ever this year ECCI partnered with Edinburgh’s annual Science Festival to present a series of FREE events under the banner of 'What does a low carbon future look like?’.

Both the Bike-Powered Cinema and the ROBERT LLEWELLYN: Automotive Adventurer talk on Saturday SOLD OUT with many other events expanding minds and raising smiles over the weekend.

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ECCI Announces New Ideas Lab Residents

We can now announce ECCI's new intake of Low Carbon Ideas Lab residents!

The Ideas Lab provides support, mentoring and world class accommodation for inspirational ideas that accelerate Scotland’s progress towards a low carbon economy.

ECCI’s Ideas Lab offers tailored support, cash bursaries, professional mentoring via Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group and access to ECCI’s community of key sector players. 

The new Ideas Labbers are:

Thomas Rickerby – Mibit 

Sanwal Muneer – Capture Mobility

Rachel Connelly – Dynamic Media Display 

Godwin Osigwe – Windair Systems Ltd 

John Ferguson – East Africa Sisal Company

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Head of the Edinburgh International Science Festival pledges to pedal-power ECCI's low carbon movie night

Head of the Edinburgh International Science Festival SIMON GAGE pledges to pedal-power a low carbon movie night at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation.

The bike-powered screening of ‘Future My Love’, winner of the Green Doc award at Dokufest 2013, forms part of the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation's 'Low Carbon Future' series for Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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Comedy legend ROBERT LLEWELLYN charging up for an unprecedented automotive adventure to ECCI

Not long now until comedy legend and Electric Vehicle evangelist ROBERT LLEWELLYN sets off on an unprecedented automotive adventure to ECCI!

Register for you FREE tickets quick before they run out: http://www.sciencefestival.co.uk/event-details/robert-llewellyn-automotive-adventurer

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ROBERT LLEWELLYN set to recharge at ECCI on the final leg of his electric odyssey around the British Isles.

Robert Llewellyn, star of cult 90s SCi Fi TV show Red Dwarf, will arrive at ECCI on the final leg of an uncharted journey to travel the length and breadth of the country in an electric car next week.

As part of ECCI's first event series for the Edinburgh International Science Festival, Robert Lewellyn - actor, comedian, writer and star of hit Fringe 2014 show ELECTRIC CARS ARE RUBBISH. AREN'T THEY? – makes a special stop at ECCI to recharge his batteries and share stories of his unprecedented automotive adventure.

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University of Edinburgh Sustainability awards

The Sustainability Awards offers an opportunity for staff and students to make a difference and contribute towards our University becoming more socially responsible and sustainable.

With the award ceremony for 2015 fast approaching, ECCI will soon be audited itself for the first time.

The Awards are run by the University's Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability and EUSA.

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Launch of the Scottish EU funding Portal

A new portal has been launched to help users navigate EU funding calls more effectively.

The Portal community invites and allows users to to search programmes/calls, post project ideas, share latest news and events and help make it a live information-sharing on-line community of practice and collaboration tool.

To sign up and use the Portal visit: http://www.funding-portal.eu

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Edinburgh Architectural Association Awards at ECCI

The Edinburgh Architectural Association Awards were announced and presented at a drinks reception in the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation on Tuesday 31st March.  

The event at was attended by around one hundred architects, sponsors and their guests. 

The EAA Building of the Year Award for 2015 went to Advocate’s Close by Morgan McDonnell Architecture.

ECCI's High School Yards building (Malcolm Fraser Architects) won the accolade last year and the privilege of hosting the awards in 2015.

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Embodied exhibition by Arts Space Nature students installed at ECCI

ECCI will be home to ‘Embodied’ a unique exhibition of art works responding to carbon in its many forms by students of the Edinburgh College Art Space Nature for the next fortnight.

As part of the annual collaboration between the Edinburgh College of Art and the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, students of the Art Space Nature programme show a series of provocative works that explore visual and interactive stimuli in the context of ECCI’s multi-faceted approach to creating a low carbon future.

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ECCI discusses a Zero Carbon Britain

Thanks to the British Science Association and Friends of the Earth Scotland, ECCI welcomed Paul Allen, Project Co-ordinator of the Zero Carbon Britain report this week.\

The author from the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) and Climate Change Commissioner for Wales stopped off at ECCI for a special, Pop Up Carbon Chat Room.

Paul leads a seminar and interactive discussiuon about the findings of the Zero Carbon Britain report ahead of the evening debate "CAN EDINBURGH BECOME A ZERO-CARBON CITY BY 2035?" 7pm Mon 30 March, 50 Geo Sq.

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Big Data 'Low Carbon Challenge' to be launched at Low Carbon Innovation Project final event – April 29th at ECCI

ECCI’s flagship four-year Low Carbon Innovation project, specially commended by the Scottish Government as a key contributor to the achievement of the 2020 Climate Change targets, comes to an end this May. 

The event will also kick off the 2020 Climate Group’s Low Carbon Challenge - challenging individuals and businesses to design innovative solutions to unlock and utilise the big data to help address the challenges of low carbon/climate change.

Sponsored and judged by an impressive selection of industry champions, SME’s are invited to formulate ideas to develop digital solutions i.e. apps/websites/product concepts to help meet the industry challenges set. 

 
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World AI expert, award-winning journalist and fossil-free island pioneer join panel for Future My Love screening

ECCI announces a stellar line up of future-facing creative thinkers from the world of politics, journalism, science, art and technology for its Science Festival kick-off event - a bike-powered screening of award-winning ‘Green Documentary’ Future My Love.

The screening will be followed by a panel debate with the film’s producer, Sonja Henrici, fossil-free island pioneer Soren Hermansen, award winning broadcaster, journalist and campaigner Lesley Riddoch and world leading AI expert Austin Tate. Audience members will also be invited to participate.

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ECCI Welcomes Global Business Leader Sandra Beach Lin

Sandra Beach Lin, member of The Committee of 200 (the world’s most successful women entrepreneurs and corporate innovators) visits Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation

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Scotland’s First Water Stewardship Program Launched Today

The Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) is unveiling its Water Stewardship capacity-building program for the first time in Scotland.

Following last year’s launch of the International Water Stewardship Standard, the capacity-building program aims to equip water management and sustainability professionals with the knowledge they need to implement or promote water stewardship. 

The event follows World Water Day, marked on 22 March every year. World Water Day aims to empower participants to make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water related issues.

 

Founded in 2008, Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS)  is a multi-stakeholder organization dedicated to enhancing water stewardship capacity and guiding, incentivizing and differentiating responsible water use. The organization’s mission is to promote responsible use of freshwater that is socially and economically beneficial as well as environmentally sustainable.

AWS is based in The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation’s (ECCI) Innovation Suite - a dynamic, shared workspace for public, private and third sector organisations.

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Launch of Dundee’s first and largest electric taxi fleet

Dundee’s first and largest electric taxi fleet was launched this week.

The fleet of 30 pure-electric Nissan LEAFs operated by Dundee-based 203020 Electric - part of the Tele Taxis Group, is now in 24-7 service in and around the City of Discovery.

With 30 vehicles all entering the service at the same time, it’s one of the UK’s single largest electric vehicle (EV) fleet deals. The deal will soon become bigger as 203020 Electric aims to replace its entire 60-vehicle fleet with LEAF and e-NV200 EVs over the next 12 months.

The move will save Tele Taxis Group hundreds of thousands of pounds in fuel each year. The LEAF and e-NV200 costs just 2p a mile to run.

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£76 million windfall for Scotland’s low carbon economy launched at ECCI

A new £76 million scheme to boost jobs and economic growth in Scotland’s low carbon sector was unveiled today at ECCI.

Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities, Keith Brown revealed that the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP) will provide tailored support for established and start-up infrastructure projects across the private, public and community sectors.

It aims to stimulate commercial interest and investment and maximise Scotland’s vast potential in the low carbon sector.

 
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ECCI at UN HQ in NYC

ECCI Director Andy Kerr was invited to the UN Dept of Economic & Social Affairs this week to discuss carbon markets & their role in delivering sustainable development.

The meeting at the UN DESA - the branch that assists countries around the world in agenda-setting and decision-making with the goal of meeting their economic, social and environmental challenges - was organised by ex-Carbon Management student Adriana Gutierrez Bayona. 

The meeting was part of the preparation for High Level Political Forum on sustainable development goals (in June) & Paris UNFCCC meeting in December.

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ECCI at the China Business Conference

ECCI's Ed Craig travelled to London this week for the 3rd annual China Business Conference.

Over 40 representatives from industry and government discussed a range of topics from China Outbound to Education, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Ed joined a stellar line up includng Goldman Sachs Asset Management Former Chairman, Jim O'Neill, as a Keynote Speaker. Gordon Orr (McKinsey) and Phil Nedin, Consultant to Arup.

Ed shared ECCI’s experience of developing partnerships in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Shenzhen, each designed to enable joint-working, support new business opportunities and share best practice of policy measures, technology solutions, design practices and community efforts in pursuit of a Low Carbon Economy.

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RBS Edinburgh becomes global innovation hub

Last week RBS announced it is opening up its global Headquarters in Edinburgh to key Scottish business organisations and entrepreneurs to encourage entrepreneurialism and promote economic growth.

The bank is transforming its former ‘executive wing’ into a centre for entrepreneurs and innovation, to bring together Scotland’s enterprise ecosystem to share knowledge and expertise and encourage collaboration to support fledgling businesses.

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‘Dreams of a Low Carbon Future project’ joins the line up for Edinburgh International Science Festival

Ever wondered what the future will look like? 

Concerned about humanity’s impact on the planet? 

A team of researchers from the Low Carbon Technologies department at Leeds University asked 370 school children, 40 Engineering PhD researchers, dozens of world-leading academics, and 25 comic artists, designers, and writers to visualise their ideas.

The result is a graphic novel entitled ‘Dreams of a Low Carbon Future’, due to be showcased at ECCI during the Edinburgh International Science Festival on April 17th and 18th.

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V&A Museum of Design Dundee Visits ECCI

This Wednesday 11th March the V&A Museum of Design Dundee visits Dovecot gallery on Infirmary St to launch ‘Design in Motion’, a touring exhibition showcasing seven Scottish Designers using digital technologies to push the boundaries of their discipline.

The exhibition will be presented in the Travelling Gallery, a purpose-built mobile gallery which will travel to more than 70 locations throughout Scotland, visiting schools, community centres and manufacturers to give the widest possible public access to the exhibition.

As well as stopping off in ECCI's forecourt, the Travelling Gallery will be visiting some of Scotland’s remotest parts as well as its cities, Design in Motion will end its tour at the V&A in London.

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Edinburgh Architectural Association Awards 2015 Shortlist Announced

The Edinburgh Architectural Association this week announced the short list for the 2015 EAA Awards.

ECCI recieved the 'Building of the year' award with project partners Malcom Fraser Architects in 2014.

As is customary for the previous years winner, ECCI will host the awards ceremony on Tuesday 31st March 2015 from 6pm-9pm.

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ECCI Nominated for Teaching Award

ECCI has been nominated for the 'Best Learning Community’ in the Edinburgh University Student Association Teaching Awards.

The Teaching Awards recognise and reward good teaching practice at Edinburgh University. Students nominate a lecture, tutor, course or learning community that they think deserves an award.

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Smart Accelerator Projects Return from Inspiring International Visits

ECCI’s 18-month, £1.2 million Smart Accelerator project aims to accelerate the development of major smart city and sustainable island projects in Scotland, based on international good practice, working with innovative and agile small- and medium-sized enterprises, and drawing on the expert know-how of Scottish companies and Universities.

A key outcome of the Smart Accelerator is to engage with international good practice, drawing on and applying knowledge developed elsewhere to reap benefits for Scottish cities and regions.

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New Free Innovation Lecture Series for Edinburgh

New for 2015, InnovationNation is the EICC's series of free monthly public lectures which has been designed to celebrate innovation in Edinburgh and Scotland. With a line-up of inspirational keynote speakers, each monthly lecture will focus on one of our nation's key industries.

Edinburgh International Conference Centre presents InnovationNation: Health
Thursday 19 March, 18:00 - 20:00, EICC

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ECCI Pledges to Turn Out The Lights for Earth Hour 2015

Earth Hour 2015. 28th March 8.30pm - 9.30pm

This year, ECCI and Edinburgh University alongside EUSA will be joining millions of individuals, households, communities and businesses worldwide in a movement for climate justice.

Earth Hour started in Sydney in 2007, and since then has grown to reach 162 countries as a worldwide movement. 

For one hour on Saturday 28 March 2015 at 8:30pm non-essential lighting will be switched off with an aim to acknowledge the challenges faced in creating a sustainable world.

For more info and to sign up see: https://www.earthhour.org

Keep in touch with plans at ECCI and the University of Edinburgh on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/uoeearthhour

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Meet the Innovation Suite Residents - Geo Geo

We asked new founder and MD of new Innovation Suite residents Geo Geo a few questions…

Website: geogeoglobal.com
Lead contact: Paul Georgie, 0131 651 4689, paul@geogeoglobal.com
Team: Steven Kay, steven@geogeoglobal.com

Description: GeoGeo helps governments, organisations and communities around the globe benefit from cutting edge geospatial technologies. Our aim is to increase the effectiveness of international development and climate change efforts by promoting open source mapping software, developing bespoke geo-enabled solutions and trailblazing the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for earth observation.

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ECCI joins DECC online careers fair

ECCI joins DECC's (Department of Energy & Climate Change) online careers fair this month.

ECCI will share inspirational stories and job opportunities from inhouse at ECCI, as well as sharing insights from partners, residents and the wider ECCI community.

The online event is essential for anyone interested in working in the UK’s energy sector. DECC will be hosting an online careers fair for Low carbon energy, Networks and Innovation in the week beginning 16th March.

If you have an inspirational story to share this is a great opportunity to showcase your company and achievements on an international stage. Get in touch with Annabel for more info: annabel.cooper@ed.ac.uk.

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Geo:Big 5 - Smart Energy Conference in Pictures

Hosted by AGI Scotland in partnership with the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, this event focused on the security of future energy demands. Sustainable supply requires a new approach.

In pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/104116295@N06/sets/72157650662355170/

The grid itself needs to become smart, in addition to new technology managing demand. Understanding the needs of the citizen alongside environmental and policy challenges are key. All are highly dependent on a detailed geospatial understanding.

Download the programme: http://www.agi.org.uk/about/resources/category/85-geobig5-smart-energy

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Water abundant Scotland? Risks and opportunities in the Hydro Nation.

ECCI join forces with water experts to present a Foundation Programme in water stewardship.

In its newly-published 2015 Global Risk Report, the World Economic Forum ranks water crises as the world’s most critical societal risk. 

The programme help participants to understand how this innovative approach can support diverse water management and sustainability goals within the context of a low carbon economy. 

Date: Monday 23 March 2015

Start/end time: 09:00 – 17:00 (Lunch provided)

Venue: ECCI, High School Yards, Edinburgh, EH1 1LZ

Register online: ECCI - SDS Water

 

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Join 'Whole Energy System' Discussion with Senior Energy & Climate Change Policy Makers

As part of this year's Energy Policy and Politics MSc course, Edinburgh University based UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) is hosting a guest talk next week by senior policy makers in the Scottish Government. 

Chris Stark (Deputy Director) and Mike King, Energy and Climate Change Directorate will lead a discussion around "Policymaking for the Whole Energy System".

Come along to have your say and hear from experts in the University of Edinburgh and Scottish Government.

Tuesday 10th March, 10am to 11.30am, Lecture Theatre 250, Joseph Black Building (Chemistry), Kings Buildings

Open to all and no registration required.

http://www.ed.ac.uk/maps/?building=joseph-black-building

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Could ECCI Ideas Lab Resident Offer A Solution to Energy Crisis?

HOT water from Scotland’s mines and rocks could offer new energy industry jobs and reduce fuel poverty, according to Town Rock Energy, Scotland’s first geothermal energy company.

The Edinburgh-based start-up hopes to help establish a new industry in Scotland to address the issue that 55% of the nation’s energy demand is for heat. 

Currently most this heat comes from fossil fuels, and yet geothermal energy is abundant and clean. Town Rock Energy is being supported in its early stages through the Capital’s Interspace network of business incubators, and is one of the founding members of the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation’s Low Carbon Ideas Lab – Edinburgh’s only low carbon focused business incubator.

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ECCI hosts Shell Springboard 2015

ECCI played host to prestigious Shell Springboard award for the second year running this week.

Celebrating its 10th birthday this year, Shell Springboard supports and promotes low-carbon entrepreneurship in the UK. Over the last decade the programme has provided grants of £3million to 80 start-up businesses

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Fairtrade Fortnight 2015

The University is again celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight with a series of events to showcase the benefits of buying Fair Trade. Fairtrade Fortnight 2015 runs from 23 February to 8 March.

Edinburgh became the first Scottish university to attain Fairtrade status following a vote by students in February 2003.

The move has seen Edinburgh and EUSA make commitments to procuring and selling fair trade products, and raising awareness of fair trade.

Events

Throughout the fortnight, students are organising an exhibition on fair trade titled "What does Fair Trade mean to you?" with photographs submitted by students. Event attendees can meet fair trade producers, taste fresh baked fair trade cakes, and learn more about where our food, clothes and electronics come from.

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ECCI debuts at the Edinburgh International Science Festival

Visit the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) for two days of inspiring, future-facing events, as we ask: What does a low carbon future look like? 

Friday 17th - Saturday 18th of April 2015

  • Hear from automotove advernturer Robert Llewellyn, on the final leg of an unchartered journey to travel the length and breadth of the country in an electric car
  • Poke around the latest electric and hydrogen vehicles in the future vehicle showcase 
  • Watch thought-provoking films in the bike-powered cinema
  • Hear visionary viewpoints from big thinkers in panel debates and talks
  • Have your say on our (low carbon) future in an interactive schools debate 
  • Be inspired by carbon based art works from the makers and artists of Art, Space, Nature 
  • Refresh in our Café, serving a low carbon menu

 

 
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Save the Date! ECCI's flagship innovation project announces final event

Funding a low carbon future. What we learnt & where next?

The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation invites you to our Low Carbon Innovation Support End of Project event.

Save the Date - Thursday 29th April 2015, 2 – 5pm 

ECCI, High School Yards, Edinburgh.
(Presentations and discussion followed by networking drinks)

This event marks the conclusion of the ECCI’s flagship four year Low Carbon Innovation project, specially commended by the Scottish Government as a key contributor to the achievement of the 2020 Climate Change targets.

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ECCI welcomes new residents GeoGeo - specialist in GIS for International Development

Welcome to our new innovation suite residents GeoGeo - specialists in GIS (Geographic Information Systems) for International Development.

GeoGeo - Paul Georgie, Founder & CEO and Steven Kay, Geospatial Technologist - aims to promote the very latest mapping technologies across the world, helping communities, organisations and governments alike benefit from them.  
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Smart Accelerator international trips and site visits

The Smart Accelerator project heads overseas

Project managers and partners to investigate low carbon good practice in Denmark and Germany

Over the month of February 2015 the Smart Accelerator team will bring a number of the project teams to visit sites in Europe to learn from models of international good practice and extend the knowledge share. Details of the visits can be found below:

More information about the programme and projects: http://smartaccelerator.edinburghcentre.org

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Scotsman Opinion Piece - 2015 is a big carbon date

Scotland is leading the way when it comes to reducing emissions, which is why even China is tapping into our expertise, says Andy Kerr

http://www.scotsman.com/news/2015-will-definitely-be-a-big-carbon-date-1-3677610

The year 2015 is going to be a momentous year. It is the culmination of a quarter of a century of tortuous twists and turns in global debates about what, if anything, should be done about society’s unintentioned emissions of greenhouse gases. The outcome of intergovernmental negotiations in Paris at the end of this year will determine the political will to deliver change (or not) at a global level for a generation.

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Careers in Sustainability Event at ECCI

Wednesday, 11 February 2015, 18:00 to 20:30, ECCI Conference Room

Interested in embarking on a career in sustainability? Join us for an insightful evening featuring alumni from the University of Edinburgh, now working in a range of careers in the fields of sustainability and social responsibility.

This evening event is an introduction to all that a career in sustainability has to offer, from the management of environmental resources to social and corporate responsibility. It is designed to provide inspiration and insight; showcasing the range of careers available and how your student years can help shape your route to employment in the industry.

Register and more info: http://www.sustainability.ed.ac.uk/events/series/core/sustainability-careers 

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Energy Academy/ Scottish Energy pioneers of the year competition + Awards 2015

Awards will be presented in May 2015 by Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing in Edinburgh.

The awards will be presented in the UK head office of the Green Investment Bank in Edinburgh.

Although co-organised by Heriot Watt University, these awards are open to students at all Scottish universities and recent graduates/ young trainees/ researchers newly-working in the energy sector. The competition is free to enter

http://www.scottishenergynews.com/students-are-the-real-vips-at-launch-of-new-heriot-watt-university-energy-academy-awards-2014-2015/

ECCI leads Scottish businesses to low-carbon innovation global showcase in Shanghai

ECCI will today lead a group of seven Scottish businesses to low-carbon innovation global showcase in Shanghai

The businesses travelled with the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation to the Low Carbon Summit in China – a two-day event to examine global best practices in how to develop sustainable cities.

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ECCI selected to host a special Scotland-focused meeting of the Committee on Climate Change

The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) has been selected to host a special Scotland-focused meeting of the Committee on Climate Change.

It is the first time the Committee has met outside of London.

The Committee on Climate Change, the independent body that advises the UK and devolved Governments on tackling and preparing for climate change, will meet tomorrow at ECCI’s low carbon hub – the UK’s most sustainable historic building.

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Burns night celebration kicks off international ambitions for ECCI

ECCI heralded the new year with a Burns night celebration with an international twist last night.

Around 150 members of the ECCI community, along with the 'Chieftain o' the puddin-race' (a very large haggis), were treated a rendition of the 'Address to the Haggis' in the original Scots and less traditonal Mandarin.

The special twist on proceedings was part of the Centre's look ahead to an ambitious year for global expansion.

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ECCI Low Carbon Ideas Lab - Applications open again for 2015!

ECCI yesterday launched the next phase of applications for the Low Carbon Ideas Lab - Scotland's only low carbon business incubator.

If you have a great low carbon idea and you want to make your idea a reality, the Low Carbon Ideas Lab could be for you:

Support, mentoring and world class accommodation for inspirational ideas that accelerate Scotland’s progress towards a low carbon economy.

ECCI’s Ideas Lab offers tailored support, cash bursaries, professional mentoring via Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group and access to ECCI’s community of key sector players.

 
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ECCI Ideas Lab Resident Launches Sustainable Fashion App

An app that revolutionises the way we choose the colour of our clothes could also promote sustainable fashion practices.

Colour Elements offers personal colour profiling services to customers in retail spaces and the app enables individuals to see which colours of clothes will make them look their best on a digital device.

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ECCI Ideas Lab resident wins eSpark’s Entrepreneur of the Year

ECCI resident David Townsend has won eSpark’s Entrepreneur of the Year award in recognition of the development of his company Town Rock Energy over the last year.

David is one of the founding members of ECCI's Low Carbon Ideas Lab, Scotland's first low carbon focused business incubator.

The prestigious title also came with a £5000 cash prize in the form of a giant novelty cheque. Nicola Sturgeon and Sir Tom Hunter were among guests at the awards ceremony.

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ECCI Launches Low Carbon Leadership Training

Skills Development Scotland Low Carbon Leadership Programme

ECCI has been established to influence and accelerate effective low carbon policy development and innovation within enterprise and enterprising networks.

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Global Sustainability Jams out at ECCI

ECCI was the venue for the University of Edinburgh's first Global Sustainability Jam -  a 3 day marathon event aimed at taking a creative, collaborative approach to developing viable solutions to a global sustainability issue.

40 students took part in the challenge to 'Rethink Sustainability' in only 48 hours.

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ECCI Comment: Smith report proves it's time for joined up thinking on carbon

Sharing ideas and solutions is the new agenda, says Andy Kerr

As we approach the end of an extraordinary year in Scottish history, it is important to ask: what now? The Smith Commission has laid out plans for creating a more durable and responsive settlement of powers between London and Edinburgh. Our new First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has signalled a programme of legislation which, if not a change in direction, certainly provides a change of emphasis. With next year’s UK general election looming, we wait to see whether the vibrant engagement about the nature and future of this country, seen during the independence referendum, will continue.

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ECCI going global in 2015

With the opening of our first satellite centre in Hong Kong planned for later in the year, a base in Edinburgh University's New York office already established and ties developing across the Asia Pacific and Central America, 2015 is shaping up to be ECCI's most ambitious yet.

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Smart Accelerator team at the Smart City Expo

Smart Accelerator visits Smart City Expo for a glimpse of the world's smartest cities and communities

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Bright future for Low Carbon Ideas at ECCI

ECCI launches Scotland's first Low Carbon Ideas Lab today!

Congratulations to the four winners:

• Water Engine - Micro hydro renewable technology for river beds
• Colour Elements – Mobile app that promotes an intelligent approach to buying clothe
• MicroFarm - Closed-loop zero-carbon greenhouse
• Town Rock Energy Limited - Scotland's first deep geothermal energy consultancy company

http://www.scotsman.com/business/management/bright-future-for-low-carbon-scots-start-ups-1-3606915

 

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Join the ECCI team: Business Development Officer

ECCI is looking for a new business development officer.

We're looking for an enthusiastic, motivated and well-organised person with a good knowledge of low carbon issues and an interest in low carbon innovation support.

Contact us for more details and check out the full job description here http://bit.ly/1ueRUDQ

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ECCI Wins Special Commendation in UK Universities Sustainability Prize

ECCI specially commended in the Green Gown Awards, UK Universities' top Sustainability Awards

ECCI has been specially commended in the Green Gown Awards in the Construction and Refurbishment category. Now in their 10th year, the Green Gown Awards recognises the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the UK.

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Edinburgh University and ECCI strengthen North American ties with New York base

The University of Edinburgh is intensifying its long-standing links with North America by opening a new liaison office in New York City today.


The new base will aid collaboration between the University and its partners in education, business and government across Canada and the US. It will also provide a point of contact for prospective students and help strengthen ties with the more than 20,000 Edinburgh alumni in North America.

ECCI will also have a presence at the new New York base.

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ECCI helps Scottish companies to finals of the UK’s largest search for green innovation

ECCI has helped four Scottish companies to the finals of the UK’s largest search for new ‘green’ innovation run by RBS

Four companies from ECCI’s Scottish low carbon innovation community have been selected as finalists in the RBS Innovation Gateway; a new initiative searching for ways of reducing energy, water and waste.

ECCI has supported the progress of these four businesses from around Scotland (Lothians, Tayside, and Western Isles) for one to three years, for instance with technology development, grants, and investment.

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COMMENT: HOW MUCH DO POLITICAL PROMISES MEAN?

Originally published in the Scotsman newspaper, October 2014.

DOES increased engagement prompt delivery, asks Andy Kerr 

What is a public promise worth? Does a solemn vow, taken during an emotionally charged moment, guarantee an outcome?

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ECCI Birthday message: vibrant start points to a positive future ahead

ECCI celebrates first birthday at High School Yards with around 150 invited guests.

Executive Director Andy Kerr draws attention to a vibrant first year and a bright, low carbon future.

Now with a complement of 21 staff, an innovation suite full of low carbon enterprises and organisations, 150 Masters students, a building of the year award (Edinburgh Architectural Association) averaging 1200 people per month for relevant events and a constant flow of innovative ideas and projects, the centre is establishing itself as an important player in the low carbon community – here in Scotland and abroad.

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Happy Birthday ECCI!

What a difference a year makes! ECCI celebrates its first birthday at High School Yards.

Over the last year the innovative low carbon hub at High School Yards has hosted and welcomed more than 15,000 visitors and 300 events.

Over the last year ECCI's innovative low carbon hub at High School Yards has hosted and welcomed more than 15,000 visitors and 300 events.

Now with a complement of 21 staff, an innovation suite full of low carbon enterprises and organisations, 150 Masters students, a building of the year award (Edinburgh Architectural Association) averaging 1200 people per month for relevant events and a constant flow of innovative ideas and projects, the centre is establishing itself as an important player in the low carbon community – here in Scotland and abroad.

Over this first year in situ in the newly refurbished, low carbon building, partnerships and emerging projects from the cities and islands of Scotland have been generated and nurtured. While connections to the Asia Pacific, Latin America and North America are being forged. ECCI plans to open its first Asia-Pacific outpost in Hong Kong in 2015 and is closely connected with the University of Edinburgh’s newest international centres in Sao Paulo, Brazil and the centre in New York City due to open later in October 2014.

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Weekly round up of the latest news and events at ECCI

Weekly round up of the latest news and events at ECCI.

Events coming up the week: Highlights

Uncertainties in UK energy policy: domestic heating and energy efficiency
Tuesday 7th October, 6pm to 7.30pm, followed by wine reception

Dr Nick Eyre, University of Oxford and co-Director, UK Energy Research Centre and introduced by Professor Jim Watson, Research Director, UK Energy Research Centre.
Fossil fuels are the main source of space heating in the UK, and are a major driver of greenhouse gas emissions. Climate change mitigation will require a systemic change in approaches to space heating, involving some combination of energy efficiency improvement and low carbon fuels. Dr Nick Eyre will present work undertaken by the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) on ‘energy system uncertainties’, including scenarios developed for UK residential energy use up to 2050.
Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/uncertainties-in-uk-energy-policy-domestic-heating-and-energy-efficiency-tickets-13262190569


ECCI's Birthday Drinks Reception
Thurs October 9th, 5-8pm

To celebrate the achievements of our first year at High School Yards ECCI is pleased to invite ECCI staff, students, partners, collaborators and friends to an evening drinks reception and a look forward to the exciting opportunities shaping up over the next 12 months.

365 days, 15,000 visitors, 300 events and conferences, six new members of staff, twelve resident enterprises, one Low Carbon Ideas Lab, 150 Masters students, a couple of royal visits, several senior politicians (of different political persuasions) and a whole parliamentary committee, partnerships and emerging projects from the cities and islands of Scotland to the Asia Pacific, Latin America and North America, six Masters scholarships, six building awards including one building of the year award (Edinburgh Architectural Association), two electric vehicle charging points and one new City Car Club electric vehicle, a new flight of historic steps, one 2020 Climate Group 'Priority for 2014’ pledge, contributions to a MOOC as well as local Scottish skills, 15 pieces of unique art work inspired by ECCI, a Green Burns Supper…and more than a few celebratory cocktails.

What a difference a year makes!

Please register here: http://eccibirthday.eventbrite.co.uk.

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ECCI Announces 16 Smart Accelerator projects

The 16 Smart Accelerator projects supported by the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation took part in a knowledge sharing and networking event at ECCI.

The ERDF Smart Accelerator brings together and acts as a catalyst for smart city and sustainable island projects - taking them from ‘good ideas’ to investment-ready packages.

Dr. Andy Kerr, Director, ECCI, said: “The Smart Accelerator supports these 16 projects by providing advice and practical support, ranging from funding, management, marketing and communications, to industry, academic and international expertise.

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Opportunity to exhibit at Scotland's 2020 Climate Group annual lecture - "Digital & Climate Change"

Scotland's 2020 Climate Group is delighted to announce its fourth annual lecture in the series on 20th October. The theme this year is digital and climate change.

For the first time Scotland's 2020 Climate Group are also offering digital companies the opportunity to exhibit products and services with a low carbon agenda and demonstrating cutting edge digital technology, for no cost.

The showcase will take place from 4.45pm - 8.30pm, giving attendees the opportunity to browse and have conversations with exhibitors. 

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Scottish SMEs make it to final of RBS Innovation Gateway

Congratulations to the following members of ECCI’s low carbon innovation community who – following a rigorous review process – have been selected by RBS to take part in the final stage of its Innovation Gateway.  ECCI has supported the progress of these four businesses from around Scotland (Lothians, Tayside, and Western Isles) for one to three years, for instance with technology development, grants, and investment.

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Low Carbon Ideas Lab - Now Open for Applications

Do you have a great low carbon idea?

Does your idea support Scotland’s drive towards sustainable development?


Do you want to make your idea a reality?

Join the Low Carbon Ideas Lab!

Support, mentoring and world class accommodation for inspirational ideas that accelerate Scotland’s progress towards a low carbon economy.

ECCI’s Ideas Lab offers tailored support, cash bursaries, professional mentoring via Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group and access to ECCI’s community of key sector players.

APPLY ONLINE NOW: lowcarbonideaslab.org

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Danny Alexander: ECCI's work is important and exciting

Chief Secretary to the Treasury and MP for Inverness and Nairn Danny Alexander spent the morning with ECCI staff today to find out about the work of the Centre, which he described as "important and exciting for the future of Scotland, the UK and the rest of the world".

The Liberal Democrat politician was in Edinburgh on party business in the lead up to the Referendum on September 18th.

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Vacancy for Research Fellow in European Energy Policy and Markets - ClimateXChange

The Science, Technology and Innovation Studies group in the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh are seeking to recruit a Research Fellow in the area of European Energy Policy and Markets.

The 3 year fellowship will form part of the research work of ClimateXChange, supported by the Scottish Government. The aim of the fellowship is to understand and translate European-wide energy policy developments in terms of their possible implications for Scottish and UK energy system transition.

Full details are available here: 

https://www.vacancies.ed.ac.uk/pls/corehrrecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.jobspec?p_id=031234

Closing Date: 08-Oct-2014

If you have any questions please contact Dr Ronan Bolton or Dr Mark Winskel at the University of Edinburgh.

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Dryden Aqua finalist in 2014 European Business Awards for the Environment

ECCI supported company Dryden Aqua has been announced as one of 12 UK finalists for the 2014 European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE).

The EBAE recognise outstanding, new or innovative contributions to sustainable development and promote today’s pioneering companies.

The EBAE awards are presented by the European Commission every two years and aim to recognise and reward European companies that set an example by successfully bringing together innovation, economic viability and environmental concerns.

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Smaller-scale generation can meet UK’s power need, says Andy Kerr

Originally published in Scotsman newspaper August 20th 2014.

http://www.scotsman.com/mobile/news/localised-solution-to-global-energy-issues-1-3514710

AMID the political and media frenzy about renewables in recent years, we are in danger of missing a more profound change in our energy system.

Whisper it quietly, but the old certainties of energy provision – through regulated markets dominated by the Big Six energy companies – are collapsing. This is not, as some would assert, because of an interfering government, but because the utility business model is being challenged by fast-changing developments in technology and social and business expectations.

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ECCI and University of Edinburgh forge links with Ecuadorian Government

The University of Edinburgh has joined up with the Ecuadorian Government to collaborate on climate change policy, renewable energy technologies and solutions to reduce Green House Gas emissions. ECCI will be a major force in driving the collaborative activty forward.

On 21st July the Principal of the University of Edinburgh Sir Timothy O’Shea was in Quito and met with Officials of the Office of Vice President Dr. Sergio Ruiz and the Vice Minister of Energy Ing. Medardo Cadena to sign the Framework agreement.

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Keep Scotland Beautiful shortlisted charity finalist for £1m Tesco carrier bag charge

Scottish environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful has been shortlisted to become Tesco’s charity partner for the introduction of the carrier bag charge.

If successful in the public vote, Scotland's environmennt could benefit from £1million funding.

Vote now to Keep Scotland Beautiful: www.tescoplc.com/bagyourvote

"This could be quite transformational for Scotland.” Derek Robertson, Chief Exec, KSB

“This funding would allow us to scale up massively on community engagement and clean ups across Scotland. It could be quite transformational.” Derek Robertson, Chief Exec, KSB

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New research aims to improve energy efficiency, cut costs and carbon emissions

Against a world backdrop of increased concerns about energy security, price fluctuations and, of course, the need to address climate change, six new research projects that aim to gain a fuller understanding of how energy is managed in the country’s non-domestic buildings are launched today.

Funded with £3 million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), on behalf of the Research Councils UK Energy Programme (RCUKEP), the research will address how to use technology, data and information, mathematics, law and sociology to create better energy strategies and behaviours in the public and private, non-domestic buildings stock. One fo the projest funded will be led by Dr Nigel Goddard at the University of Edinburgh.

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ECCI named Green Gown Awards Finalists

ECCI has made it to the final of the Green Gown Construction and Refurbishment Awards.

Now in their 10th year, the Green Gown Awards recognises the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the UK. With sustainability moving up the agenda, the Awards have become established as the most prestigious recognition of best practice within the tertiary education sector.

 
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Commonwealth Youth Leaders Visit ECCI

ECCI was chosen to host a working group of the 33Fifty (www.33fifty.org) youth leadership programme this weekend. 33Fifty is a programme for 18-25 year olds from across the Commonwealth.

The name comes from the fact that 33% of the world’s population lives in the Commonwealth, and 50% of those are under 25.

33Fifty aims to develop young leaders to bring people together, reconcile differences, lead change and use the Commonwealth’s networks effectively.

100 young people (selected from over 900) gathered for four days in Scotland to tackle the challenge "What role does the youth of the Commonwealth need to play in progress toward low-carbon economies".

ECCI was one of the 10 organisations - inclduign Pelamis Wave Power, Scottish Water and SSE, chosen to help the teams of ten to form projects in response to the challenge. The ten students hailed from all over the Commonwealth with a vartity of skills backgrounds including economics, law, entrepreneurship and architecture.

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ECCI to the rescue of Tesla EV Blogger

ECCI came to the rescue of an electric vehicle enthusiastic this week who was looking for a place to charge his new Tesla Model S p85+.

Chris van der Kuyl writes a blog chronicling the trial and tribulations associated with his new Tesla Model S p85+: http://chrisvdk.tumblr.com.

In keeping with ECCI's high standards of sustainability, the Centre has partnered with the University of Edinburgh to install four electrical vehicle-charging points on site.

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Scots know-how can be carbon copied

Published in the Scotsman: http://www.scotsman.com/news/scots-know-how-can-be-carbon-copied-1-3451180

With the political and media focus on the rise of scepticism about the European project – particularly south of the Border in the form of the dramatic rise of Ukip – and of the impending Scottish independence referendum, it is easy to forget the wider “megatrends” that are reshaping the world around us. These include the extraordinary rise of emerging economies – leading to the world’s economic centre of gravity moving back to Asia – over the past 20 years; the movement of people to urban centres, in which close to half the world’s population now live; the challenges of meeting energy, water and food needs of a world population of more than 7 billion with a changing climate; and the impact of the digital revolution.

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ECCI Abuzz with Hong Kong Start Up Fever

ECCI was abuzz with an extra portion of start up fever yesterday as delegates from partners Invest Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Science & Innovation Park made a special visit to Edinburgh.

The international delegation had travelled from a London start up summit for a joint seminar highlighting opportunities for investing & locating low carbon business in Hong Kong and ECCI's plans to open a local centre in 2015.

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ECCI Launches George David Family Scholarships

ECCI launches George David Family Scholarships 

The Edinburgh Centre of Carbon Innovation (ECCI) is offering two scholarships to prospective postgraduates resident in Greece or Cyprus.

The scholarships are worth £8,000 each, to be deducted from tuition fees. They will be awarded to applicants of the following MSc programmes:

Eligible Programmes
• LLM Climate Change Law
• MSc Carbon Finance
• MSc Carbon Management
• MSc Ecosystem Services
• MSc Marine Systems and Policies

 
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Why Invest & Locate Low Carbon Business in Hong Kong?

ECCI joins forces with Invest Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Science & Innovation Park to host a jpint seminar exploring the opportunities for investing & locating low carbon business in Hong Kong.

Register online

The session will allow Simon Galpin, Director General of Invest Hong Kong to discuss the new 'Start-me-up' initiative launched in London the previous day, and also introduce ECCI's plans for a new Hong Kong Knowledge Exchange Centre, due to open in early 2015 that will act as a hub for Scottish enterprise and organisation's interested in exploring and locating their low carbon products and services in Hong Kong.

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ECCI's Smart Accelerator: Invitation to Tender

Smart Accelerator: Invitation to Tender

ECCI seeks to appoint an organisation and / or individuals to enable the Smart Accelerator project partnership to achieve and fulfil its objectives in three areas: Academic Support, SME Support & International Exemplars.

The Smart accelerator project is an 18 Month ERDF funded project partnership supported by a partnership including Transport Scotland, the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Scottish 7 Cities Alliance and the University of Edinburgh. 

The aim of the project is to identify, support and accelerate the formation, packaging and financing of up to 12 Scottish project partnerships that support Scotland’s transition to a low carbon economy and society through creating smarter and more sustainable cities, communities and islands.

The purpose of each of the three briefs is to appoint an organisation and / or individuals to enable ECCI on behalf of the Smart Accelerator project partnership to achieve and fulfil the objectives of the Smart Accelerator ERDF project.

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Work for ECCI! ECCI seeks core project team for new Smart Accelerator

ECCI is recruiting a core project team to manage the Centre’s brand new £1m Smart Accelerator project.

The team will consist of Project Manager, Marketing Officer and Administration Assistant.

Smart Accelerator (http://smartacceleratorscotland.org) aims to accelerate the development and acceleration of major smart city and sustainable island projects in Scotland, based on international good practice and is geared towards integrating SMEs and academic expertise to maximise sustainable local economic development.

This 18 month ERDF funded project is a collaborative project involving multiple public sector agencies and city authorities across Scotland including the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, SCDI and the University of Edinburgh.

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Work for ECCI! Smart Accelerator Seeks Marketing Officer

ECCI is looking for an outstanding marketing officer to provide marketing and communications for the Centre’s £1m Smart Accelerator project.

Apply online via the University of Edinburgh recruitment portal

Closing date is 5pm GMT on 10 June 2014.

Smart Accelerator (http://smartacceleratorscotland.org) aims to accelerate the development and acceleration of major smart city and sustainable island projects in Scotland, based on international good practice and is geared towards integrating SMEs and academic expertise to maximise sustainable local economic development.

This 18 month ERDF funded project is a collaborative project involving multiple public sector agencies and city authorities across Scotland including the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, SCDI and the University of Edinburgh. 

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ECCI Wins RICS Building Conservation Award

ECCI's new building at High School Yards has won the coveted Building Conservation Award at the RICS Scotland Awards 2014.

Held at the Sheraton Hotel in Edinburgh on Thursday 24 April, the RICS annual awards celebrate inspirational initiatives in the land, property and construction sectors. The Knockando Woolmill also won the Community Benefit award, which recognises outstanding achievement in providing a facility which directly benefits the local community.

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ECCI launches first car sharing electric vehicle for Edinburgh & Glasgow

Minister for Transport Keith Brown announces two years further funding for 'Developing Car Clubs in Scotland' programme

The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation today launched the first car sharing club electric vehicle in the Central Belt based at ECCI’s award winning low carbon site in the city’s Old Town.

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Carbon focused art exhibition opens at ECCI

A unique exhibition of art works responding to carbon in its many forms entitled 'C', is now on show at ECCI.

As part of the first collaboration between the Edinburgh College of Art and the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, students of the Edinburgh College Art Space Nature have produced a series of provocative works that explore visual and interactive stimuli in the context of ECCI’s multi-faceted approach to creating a low carbon future. 

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ECCI’s Smart Accelerator - Shortlist of Selected Projects Announced at All Energy – Opportunities for SMEs

ECCI introduced the 18 month £1.2 million Smart Accelerator project at All Energy 2014.

All-Energy 2014, the UK’s largest renewable and sustainable technologies event, returns to the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre from 21-22 May.

Smart Accelerator will support and accelerate the formation, packaging and financing of up to 12 Scottish project partnerships that support Scotland’s transition to a low carbon economy and society through creating smarter and more sustainable cities, communities and islands.

Come along and see ECCI at Stand L31 at All Energy. 

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2020 Climate Group Announces Fourteen Bold Activities

Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group today launched 14 bold activities for 2014, which were identified as priority areas of work, as the Group continues to tackle climate change. One of which included supporting ECCI's Ideas Lab - set up to develop 5 – 10 low carbon business development projects in 2014 and identify further opportunities to inspire new and established entrepreneurs to get involved in low carbon.

The 2020 Climate Group, which was set up in 2009, was formed to bring the private, public and third sectors together, to address the Scottish Government’s plan to reduce carbon emissions by 42% by 2020 through its collaborative philosophy.

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WIRES networking event

Around thirty women in renewable energy (in Scotland) came along to the WIRES networking event last week - the first tobe held at ECCI.

After introductions from ECCI's Annabel Cooper and WIRES board member Lindsay Leask, from Scottish Renewables, to kick off the evening, Catherine Hokin, co-founder and Director of ecoConnect, and chair of Women in Cleantech, shared her 10 Top Tips for Networking and Pitching and led some interactive exercises to break the ice.

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ECCI Launches Hong Kong Plans

ECCI's senior team travelled to Hong Kong the 'soft launch' of the new ECCI Hong Kong Knowledge Exchange Centre, due to open in Hong Kong in late 2014. The event also marked the opening of the Hong Kong chapter of the global carbon network, the Association for Carbon Professionals (ACP).

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ECCI Architects win Edinburgh's Building of the Year Award

The architects responsible for ECCI's new building at High School Yards have won Building of the Year in the Edinburgh Architectural Awards.


It is the sixth time Malcolm Fraser Architects have won the award.

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High School Yards weekly events bulletin

Look out for the following events going on in the building this week…

Highlights of the week: 
 
Tuesday: Association for Carbon Professionals local chapter meeting in Edinburgh and Hong Kong
Assembly Room: 10.30 – 12.00
Join the launch meeting of our Association for Carbon Professionals chapter in Hong Kong. This joint event from ACP and ECCI will also announce details of ECCI's new knowledge exchange centre based in Hong Kong, due to open in late 2014.
 
Thursday: Women in Renewable Energy Scotland - Networking event & Expert talk with Catherine Hokin: 10 Top Tips for Networking and Pitching
Assembly Room: 18.00 - 20.00
The first ECCI - WIRES event: an opportunity to meet other women working in renewable industries in a relaxed and informal atmosphere, and meet key note speaker Catherine Hokin, co–founder and Director of ecoConnect, and chair of Women in Cleantech. The evening will be introduced by Lindsay Leask, Senior Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables and member of the WiRES steering group. 
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Smart Accelerator Opportunities for SMEs

ECCI recently launched the 18 month £1.2 million Smart Accelerator which aims to identify, support and accelerate the formation, packaging and financing of up to 12 Scottish project partnerships that support Scotland’s transition to a low carbon economy and society through creating smarter and more sustainable cities, communities and islands. 

Smart Accelerator will create the enabling framework for at least 12 “smart” city regions and sustainable islands projects to be delivered in Scotland combining resources, research and talent, and by engaging with and partnering innovative SMEs.
 

How to get involved...

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ClimateXChange needs a new Knowledge Manager

ClimateXChange (Scotland’s Centre of Expertise on Climate Change)

Knowledge Manager
Based at Sniffer/ ECCI, Edinburgh, UK

Vacancy Details: 35 hours per week, salary up to £45k pa

We are looking to recruit a Knowledge Manager to work within Scotland’s Centre of Expertise on Climate Change.

You will be part of an exciting multi-million pound initiative established in 2011 to provide independent advice, research and analysis to support the Scottish Government and partners as it develops and implements policies on adapting to the changing climate and the transition to a low carbon society.

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ECCI hosts Shell Springboard Awards

ECCI was selected as the venue for the North Regional final of the Shell pringboard Awards this week.

The two winners were awarded £40,000 by Shell to help develop their innovative low carbon business ideas, winning places in the national final of the prestigious Shell Springboard awards.

Storelectric and Oak Technical Services were named regional winners at the event on Tuesday, seeing off competition from over 100 other businesses across the UK.

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Scotsman Opinion Piece: ECCI's Smart Accelerator needs SMEs

ECCI's Smart Accelerator project was highlighted in the Scotsman newspaper this week.

Ed Craig, ECCI's Enterprise & Innovation lead, drew attention to the role of SMEs in the success of future Smart City and Sustainable Islands projects and in Scotland's charge towards a sustainable, low carbon future.

ECCI's latest project, the 18 month £1.2 million Smart Accelerator, aims to accelerate the development and acceleration of major smart city and sustainable island projects in Scotland, based on international good practice, working with innovative and agile small and medium sized enterprises, and drawing on the expert know-how of Scottish companies and Universities.

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KSB recruiting a sustainable development officer for SSN behaviour change project

Keep Scotland Beautiful (KSB) has recently secured funding from the Scottish Government to develop and run a new project for public sector organisations on low carbon behaviours. We are looking for a lead sustainable development officer to promote the use of the Scottish Government’s low carbon behaviours framework and the application of the Individual, Social and Materials (ISM) Tool.

The project forms part of the Sustainable Scotland Network (SSN) which is a highly respected sustainable development initiative, working with, and providing support to, professionals in local government and the wider public sector.

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Real Time Energy Monitoring Underway at ECCI

ECCI has enlisted the help of Meterology to install a 'Real-time' energy monitoring system in our new home at High School Yards.

Electricity and heat use data is taken straight from a system of metres in the building's plant room and displayed on digital screens around the building.

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High School Yards Steps connecting ECCI to Cowgate reopen after 10 years

The High School Yards Steps, which connect ECCI and its neighbours to the Cowgate, are to be repaired and revamped after being closed off from the public for 10 years. 

The move was in part motivated by the regeneration and repair work undertaken in the area by ECCI and will incorporate new gates and an art installation by renowned Edinburgh artist Callum Innes.

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Smart Accelerator Consultancy Tender

ECCI are now advertising the second consultancy call within the Smart Accelerator project.

This 18 month, £1.2million project aims to accelerate the development of major smart city and sustainable island projects in Scotland, based on international good practice.

This ERDF-funded project is geared towards integrating SMEs and academic expertise to maximise sustainable local economic development and is supported by the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, SCDI and the University of Edinburgh.

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ECCI hosts launch of new innovation centre for biotechnology

ECCI was selected as the venue for the launch of the new multi-million pound Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC), which will be based at Glasgow's Strathclyde University.

The new centre for biotechnology could create 1,500 jobs and boost Scotland's economy by £130m over five years, according to an independent forecast.

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Public Conversations about Environmental Issues in Scotland – Wind Farms

How do people feel about wind farms when they are given an opportunity to learn more about the topic and consider and discuss the issue as part of a group? ECCI's Policy arm, ClimateXChange, is on its way to finding out.

Since October 2013 three groups of 15-20 people have spent two Saturdays together listening to speakers before being asked to discuss, as a group, the question:

“There are strong views on wind farms in Scotland...

“There are strong views on wind farms in Scotland, with some people being strongly opposed, others being strongly in favour and a range of opinions in between. What should be the key principles for deciding about wind farm development, and why?"

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ECCI links up with CareerWISE to provide work placements for women in SET

ECCI is joining up with the CareerWISE Work Placement scheme for Women in Science, Engineering and Tech for the first time this year.

Science, engineering and technology (SET) are vital to Scotland’s future yet many women are not entering these sectors. Currently only 13% of the SET workforce are women. 

 

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Creative Carbon Scotland seek new Carbon Reduction Project Manager

Creative Carbon Scotland is on the Recruitment Drive again and seek a new Carbon Reduction Project Manager to bolster the team.

(Fixed term to 31 March 2015 with the potential for extension)
Up to £27,000 with up to 3% pension contributions.

Creative Carbon Scotland works with arts and cultural organisations across Scotland to help them measure, report and reduce their carbon emissions and engage them in playing a full part in shaping a sustainable Scotland

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RACCE (Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment) Committee MSPs visit ECCI’s innovative green building

MSPs from the RACCE Committee visited ECCI to hear about the Centre’s unique new low carbon building and the work of ECCI’s policy focused partner organisation ClimateXChange.

ClimateXChange is the Scottish Government’s independent expert, providing timely and objective research evidence and expert advice on issues relating to climate change and the transition to a low carbon economy. 

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ECCI partners to deliver MOOC Debates

The Age of Sustainable Development

ECCI is joining forces with a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) conducted by Prof Jeffrey Sachs and Columbia University and partnering with CIFAL Scotland to host weekly parallel debates in Edinburgh every Tuesday at 4-6pm for the duration of  the 14 week course.

Enroll in the 14 week MOOC hosted on Coursera.

Enroll in the weekly parallel debates in Edinburgh.

NB Participants must also be enrolled in the 14 week MOOC to attend the debates - details below.

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Scottish Policy Now magazine features Ed Craig on 'SMART ACCELERATOR'

SMART ACCELERATOR: ACCELERATING ACTION TO CREATE SMARTER CITIES AND REGIONS

By Ed Craig, Head of Enterprise & Innovation, ECCI

“Smart Cities” is one of those terms that is often spoken about and regularly aspired to, but rarely achieved. Whilst we have seen a revolution in information and communication technology over the last 30 years, the practicalities of applying this technology to improve outcomes of complex, overlapping social issues, such as energy and resource use and mobility, have proved much more difficult. This often reflects the challenge of bringing together multiple public and private sector stakeholders, with different agendas and different timescales, around a common challenge.

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ECCI Hosts Green Burns Supper for VIBES Award Winners

ECCI was the venue for a Burns themed celebration dinner to recognise the environmental business achievements of the Winners and thank the Sponsors of the VIBES Awards 2013 and kicked off in tradition with a piper greeting guests on arrival.

The event saw presentations from some of the winners of VIBES 2013 outlining the reasons they applied for the VIBES Awards and what they hoped to achieve from winning. The presentations highlighted the fantastic environmental work of the companies and emphasised the business benefits of good environmental practice.

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ECCI Sponsors Scottish Regional Final of the First Lego League

ECCI was one of the sponsors of the Scottish Regional 2013 – 14 Final of the First Lego League this year - back by popular demand after a three year hiatus.

Ron McMurtrie, IET Scotland Schools Liaison Officer was at the scene:

"There was a real buzz about the University of Edinburgh Informatics even teams assisted by their teachers and mentors, with parents and families in support, were making final adjustments to their Lego Mindstorm robots, before pitting against each other in the opening heats of the knockout competition.

Students were making final adjustments to their Lego Mindstorm robots

The robots had been pre-programmed to perform a selected range of challenges on a previously designated table layout reflecting the day’s theme “Nature’s Fury”. Challenges associated damage a storm or earthquake can cause to buildings, power supplies, roads and other essential supplies or challenges reflecting the distribution of aid to a disaster struck area. The robot could knock over tree branches, relocates a building, release a plane to travel down a wire to land on to a runway, move an ambulance to meet the plane on the runway or raise a sign announcing area to be evacuated. Scores for the challenges were either based on “Yes” or “No” or points awarded for the level of success a challenge achieved such as the coloured area of the runway the plane reached.  Or the number of members of a rescued family that had been moved to an area on the table where bottled water was available. If the Tsunami had be one of the challenges chosen, did all three did all three waves reach the designated spot?

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Biodiversity Offsetting & Habitat Banking for Scotland

Invitation-only workshop, 10th October 1-5.15pm, ECCI, Edinburgh

This invitation-only event was held on the 10th October. The aim was to help raise the debate in Scotland as to whether or not Scotland should introduce biodiversity offsetting and habitat banking.

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Scotsman Opinion Piece: Energy systems will determine the true price, says Andy Kerr

Reading or listening to the national media or political debates on “green” or “low carbon” issues, the dominant narrative is that “green” is synonymous with “renewable energy”.

In turn, renewable energy is typically equated with renewable electricity, which is largely synonymous with onshore wind – and wind power is, to many eyes, synonymous with “inefficient” or “high cost” or “intrusive”.

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ECCI's latest strategic project - Smart Accelerator - announced

We are delighted to announce the funding of ECCI's latest strategic project - Smart Accelerator.

This 18 month £1.2 million project aims to accelerate the development and acceleration of major smart city and sustainable island projects in Scotland, based on international good practice.

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ECCI leads a successful delegation to Hong Kong exploring Smart Cities best practice

ECCI led a successful delegation to Hong Kong where Ed Craig, ECCI's Head of Enterprise and Innovation, met organisations and viewed examples of good practice regarding smart cities and sustainable islands.

Ed also attended and participated in a major Smart Cities conference - www.innoasia.net - and progressed ECCI plans to establish a 'Team Scotland' base in Hong Kong with key partners BRE Scotland and Edinburgh Napier University.  

 
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EIE 14 - Applications Now Open

Applications are now open for Engage Invest Exploit 2014 – Scotland's biggest investor showcase event attended by ~150 investors last year.

Apply now!: http://www.eie14.com 

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High School Yards first historic building to win top green building award

ECCI's new home at High School Yards has become the first listed building to achieve the UK’s highest green building award.

Edinburgh’s newly transformed Old High School in Edinburgh’s Old Town, is the first refurbished building in the UK to achieve the industry sustainability ‘BREEAM Outstanding’ award at design stage. The Centre will have to wait a further six months for the construction phase assessment.

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An avalanche is coming - MOOCs

An avalanche is coming, with predictions of tremendous radical disruption to the global higher education system.

The University of Edinburgh is at the vanguard of this change in the UK, having already delivered Massive Open Online Courses to hundreds of thousands of people around the world* and with a well established portfolio of high-quality, credit-bearing postgraduate programmes that are delivered entirely online, in a wide-variety of subjects including Medicine, Law and GeoSciences.

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Scotsman Opinion Piece: Greater transparency needed to fuel energy debate, says Andy Kerr

The availability of cheap, instant energy has underpinned the development of our modern society. But certainties about energy that have existed for a generation are now changing rapidly, both nationally and internationally.

So, we should not be surprised that energy issues, such as prices, costs and technologies, are rarely out of the news – or that those views on different ways of generating and using energy are increasingly strident.

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ECCI's DHL Innovation Suite Up and Running

ECCI's DHL Innovation Suite is up and running and now home to five full time residents.

Residents range from: the nerve centre of the 2020 Climate Group - a collection of 140 individuals from 100 the largest businesses in Scotland, the Government, local authorities, universities, charities and SMEs Working together to deliver a low carbon future for Scotland through smarter collaborations and better conversations...

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CREATIVE SCOTLAND CALLS ON ALL ARTS SECTOR TO REPORT EMISSIONS

Announcement made at ECCI as part of Creative Carbon Scotland's 'Imagine a Different Future: The Arts Shaping a Sustainable Scotland' event.

Creative Scotland has announced that it will invite arts, screen and creative industries organisations to report their carbon emissions as part of its contribution to achieving Scotland’s climate change targets. 

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Princess Royal officially opens ECCI

Building on course to being rated among top green buildings in UK.

ECCI's new building at High School Yards was officially opened today by The Princess Royal, the University’s Chancellor.

After 19 months of construction, £10.5 million investment and nearly three years in operation on a different site, the world’s first carbon innovation hub officially opened its doors as the George and Kaity David Centre - named after businessman and alum George David whose donations have helped make project a reality.

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New ECCI building opens doors for 'First Look'

ECCI opened its doors ECCI opened its doors for a ‘first look’ reception this week to celebrate the opening of the refurbished High School Yards building.

Staff, students and colleagues were invited to find out about ECCI’s future plans, explore the building and share ideas about ways in which ECCI can support their work.

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Archangel’s looking for heavenly returns in energy efficiency

by ECCI's Andrew Mitchell. 

Andrew Mitchell blogs at http://energyinformatics.eu.

Every time you use NetThings® an Angel gets their wings.

I couldn’t resist using a line from my favourite film to start this post about Ewgeco’s new energy management platform. If, like Clarence, Archangel’s are down the angelic hierarchy, Ewgeco certainly had their senior team of heavenly counselors out in force at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation. Rather appropriate that the ECCI’s temporary home before moving in to their own energy efficient hub, is a 140 year old Presbyterian church.

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Celtic Renewables' success at Chemical Industry Association Awards

ECCI supported company Celtic Renewables Ltd was awarded the GSK Innovation Award at this years Chemical Industry Awards Ceremony.

Celtic Renewables saw off stiff competition from industry leaders such as Dow Chemicals and Eli Lilly, to win one of the most competitive awards of the evening, the coveted GSK- innovation award. The annual event is the premier event in the £18bn UK chemicals industry sector and represents the most prized industrial accolade in the sector. 

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ECCI hosts Net Things Demo

ECCI recently hosted the first public demonstration of a brand new suite of products and services from the makers of Ewgeco.

Guests at the 'Evening with NetThings' were treated to an informal presentation and live demonstration of the suite of Smart Energy Management Solutions designed to allow users to monitor, manage and automate energy management in the home and at work.

 
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No “nuclear winter” in cleantech (Winners of the National Business Plan Competition)

by ECCI's Andrew Mitchell. 

Andrew Mitchell is blogging at http://energyinformatics.eu on his experiences as the only non US pitch judge of the US DoE National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition.

Venture Capital is broken – at least according to a report last year by the Kauffman Foundation. This was certainly a talking point in Washington DC at the US Department of Energy’s National Business Plan Competition on 12 June 2013. Indeed, someone even dared to mention a “cleantech nuclear winter”. The facts are that in all sectors since 1997 less cash has been returned to investors than they originally invested – which makes negative interest rates from the European Central Bank seem not so insane!

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Creative Carbon Scotland launches new website & drive to ‘green’ the arts in Scotland

Last week Creative Carbon Scotland launched their new website, an online project which aims to bring together the arts and the environment sectors in Scotland.  

 

Supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland, www.creativecarbonscotland.com is a unique platform, bringing together artists, arts organisations and sustainability workers to share their activities and expertise.  www.creativecarbonscotland.com provides comprehensive information on the links between the arts and sustainability with news, events and resources.

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ECCI team train to be fuel efficient drivers

Last week ECCI took part in the Energy Saving Trust's FuelGood driving training, which helps participants to get more out of a gallon of fuel.  

Each participant drove - carefully - an urban loop of about 4 miles, starting from ECCI, listened to feedback from the FuelGood instructor, and then drove the loop again whilst listening to more instructor commentary. 

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Clean Energy Ethnocentrism? It’s no joke.

by ECCI's Andrew Mitchell. 

Andrew Mitchell is blogging at http://energyinformatics.eu on his experiences as the only non US pitch judge of the US DoE National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition.

An Australian activist, a Scottish banker and an American serial entrepreneur walk into a bar; and start-up a successful global clean energy venture. No joke. Danny Kennedy, former Greenpeace activist, and Founder & President of Sungevity, brought into focus a key insight from the second annual US Department of Energy National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition.

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ECCI's academic outreach programme attracts 500 visitors from all over the world

ECCI's new building at High School Yards has been a rich source of learning and teaching material for academic and non-academic vistors, with around 500 vistors coming to the building since the project began.

@Elizabete RancaneThe 500 visitors have included undergraduate and postgraduate students, researchers, programme leaders and private and public sector representatives, all interested in the innovative design, engineering and building methods used in the unique project, some coming from as far as China, India and all across Europe.

The content of lectures and tours have been largely led by project architect Calum Duncan, who has skillfully tailored his indispensible knowledge of the project for the large array of technical and non-technical visitors.

 
 
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ECCI photographer wins award

Elizabete Rancane, the photographer capturing the contruction of ECCI's new building at High School Yards for a documentary project, has won an award for her final degree show.

Elizabete won the Andrew Grant Bequest 2013 Scholarship for her Bachelor of Arts with Honours Photography. The award is aimed to help young, talented photographers to pay for travel, materials for equipment, or to assist with an institutional exchange.

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Win $10,000 with MIT'€™s Climate CoLab Competition

MIT's Climate CoLab: Deadline extended to June 15

Your ideas can help combat climate change, and you might win $10,000

 

At MIT'€™s Climate CoLab you can work with people from all over the world to develop ideas for what we can actually do about climate change.

If you submit one of the winning ideas, you’ll be able to present it to the media, government officials, business executives, and scientists at an MIT conference on November 6-7, where a grand prize of $10,000 will be awarded.

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ECCI celebrates major project milestones

ECCI celebrated some major milestones this month following a mid project review of the Europen Regional Development Fund project, managed by the Business Innovation team.

Within this specific project, the ECCI team works across industry, academia, NGOs, communities and Government, supporting Scottish SMEs and aiding the development of new products, services and projects in the low carbon sector. ECCI acts as a hub and networking centre, providing a single point of access to the universities' expertise and resources and bridging the gap between good ideas and positive action.

The key achievemnets are...

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ECCI heads to the Capitol for energy entrepreneurship

ECCI Business Manager Andrew Mitchell has been invited back to Washington DC for a second year, to participate in a prestigious “investor connect” event.

The event is hosted by the US Department of Energy; along with organisations such as Silicon Valley Bank, Siemens Venture Capital, Garage Technology Ventures and serial-entrepreneur-guru Steve Blank.

 
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ECCI Director visits Seoul to advise on planned emissions trading scheme

ECCI Director Andy Kerr was invited to Seoul last week, alongside Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davy, to take part of a Foreign and Commonwealth Office funded workshop for senior Korean officials.

Andy was one of three technical experts selected to share experiences of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme with the Korean team designing South Korea's nascent trading scheme.

 
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ECCI Wins Outstanding Achievement Award

ECCI was delighted to be awarded an outstanding achievement award by the European Structural Fund Programme this month.

The award acknowledges ECCI's contribution to actively delivering projects that contribute to meeting the '2020 vision' for the 2007-2013 programme.

The award was presented by the Director of Structural funds Shane Rankin after senior fund experts selected around 15 of the 1000 or so projects over the the full 2007-2013 programme for outstanding achievement.

There were 5 categories in all including: best audit / project procedures and systems; Significant output and impact; and Success in contributing to meeting the 2020 vision. 

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ECCI at All Energy

ECCI made a trip to the UK's largest renewable energy conference en masse for the first time this year. The All-Energy Exhibition & Conference takes place annually in ‘Europe’s Energy City’, Aberdeen, on 22 & 23 May 2013. 

All-Energy is the only face-to-face forum in the UK that brings together all sectors and elements of the renewables/ sustainable energy industry and provides the best platform for the industry’s business professionals, academia, finance community and government to drive innovation, business and investment opportunities across the sectors; buy and sell products and services; and engage in outstanding networking.

 
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EIE13 attracts biggest ever congregation of investors

Over 130 investors gathered in Edinburgh last week for the biggest investor showcase event ever to be staged in Scotland.

Engage Invest Exploit, a concept created by Informatics Ventures, doubled in size this year with the input of partners Edinburgh Bioquarter and the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation.

The scrum of investors gathered to see live pitches and exhibitions from 60 high tech, bio-tech and cleantech/low carbon companies, all looking to catch the eye of the investment community.

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ECCI Cafe Competition - And the winner is...

VOTING CLOSED 9AM WEDS MAY 15th AND THE WINNER IS...

The Knight's Table

Suggested by: Roddy McNulty, Edinburgh

Prize draw winner: Stephen Porter

Congratulations to you both!

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Big International Opportunities for Low Carbon Businesses

ECCI was excited to read the Low Carbon Entrepreneurs: New Engines For Growth report released by Shell Springboard and the Carbon Trust this week.

According to the research, start-ups in low-carbon industries are almost twice as likely to export goods and services as their peers in other sectors and this fast-expanding community could play a major role in an export-led recovery of the economy - great news for the 100 or so businesses ECCI is supporting.

And even better that this news coincides with two major opportunities for international exposure and investment ECCI has been invited to recruit for: The UK & Ireland Tech Tour and SxSW Eco in Austin, Texas.

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Join the ECCI team: Information Officer with ClimateXChange, 28h per week

ECCI has an exciting vacancy as Information Officer in the ClimateXChange secretariat.

ClimateXChange is Scotland’s Centre of Expertise on Climate Change. The small secretariat works with members from 16 higher education and research institutions across Scotland to better link the research evidence base to Scottish Government policy development on climate change and the low carbon economy.

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Successful India launch for ECCI Exec Ed

After a a successful business development visit to Mumbai in February 2013, ECCI launched its executive education inititative in India this April.

The pilot executive education programme was delivered on 25th and 26th April 2013 at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay’s Victor Menezes Convention Centre, following the February visit by ECCI’s Executive Director, Andy Kerr, and Business Manager, Andrew Mitchell.

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ECCI helps launch Green Tech Meet Up

Along with sponsors MBM Commercial and Geddes Consulting, ECCI helped get the first Green Tech Meet Up up and running last month.

Modelled on the success of Informatics Ventures’ 'Tech Meetup', Green Tech Meetup aims to provide a relaxed and informal space for entrepreneurs to present their ideas to an audience of their peers and to experienced investors. 

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New Adaptation Science Officer for ECCI team

The ECCI team was bolstered this week by the appointment of Joseph Hagg. Joe is taking up the post of Adaptation Science Officer (Adaptation Scotland).

Joseph provides expert advice on climate change to a wide range of Scottish stakeholders as part of the Adaptation Scotland programme, which he joined in 2009.

 

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Shortlist announced in ECCI Cafe Competition

ECCI is looking for a name for our new Café that reflects the site’s fascinating history, the new building’s world-class green credentials or the world-changing plans ECCI has for the future.

And after four weeks of collecting hundresds of fantastic entries the judges have selected a shortlist of the best five, which now go out to a public vote.

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7 more skeletons found near ECCI knight grave

Archaeologists believe the skeletons could be the relations of the Medieval Knight found last month.

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Thin Ice Movie screening packs out ECCI

On Monday 22nd April 2013 (Earth Day) the movie "Thin Ice: The inside story of climate science" was launched globally and screened at Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation.

Around 140 people gathered to watch the film which was followed by a panel debate with distinguished guests from Scotland's 2020 Climate Group, the Met Office and the University of Edinburgh School of GeoSciences.

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Ceramic Fuel Cells and iPower Get Go-Ahead for First Housing Association Project

ECCI supported company Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited has announced that it and energy services company (ESCo) iPower Energy Limited have received the go-ahead for their first housing association project in the UK. This is the first project to follow the signing of a distribution agreement between the two companies at the end of January 2013 and will involve the installation of fuel cell systems to cogenerate electricity and hot water for homes.

The project will involve tenants of Housing Solutions, a housing association located in Maidenhead, England. In the initial phase ten BlueGen fuel cell units will be deployed, with each unit serving five flats on average. The tenants will benefit from cheaper, lower-carbon electricity and will be guaranteed a minimum discount of 10% against the best locally available standard electricity tariff.

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ECCI Knight story spreads all over the world

Not a place shy of making history, High School Yards was once more in the public eye on Wednesday when news of the ECCI Knight hit the wires. 

News of the discovery of the skeleton and grave of a Medieval Knight underneath a former car park at the building site went public and no fewer than 20 members of the Press rushed down to ECCI's building site to get the scoop.

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ECCI Knight - Latest Pictures

It was a very busy morning on site at High School Yards where no fewer than 20 members of the Press rushed down to ECCI's building site to get the scoop on the ECCI Knight.

Representatives from the BBC, STV, The Times, The Scotsman, The Daily Record and a number of news agencies all jostled for the best picture and the perfect quote to set off their coverage.

Some great pictures are already beginning to emerge on the news wires.

 

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Medieval Knight found under the car park at ECCI

The skeleton and grave of a Medieval Knight and the remains of a thirteenth century monastery are among dozens of discoveries made underneath a former car park at a city centre building site. 

The discovery was made when archaeologists uncovered the corner of an elaborately decorated sandstone slab with the telltale markings of a member of the nobility - the carvings of the Calvary Cross and an ornate sword, which tells us this belonged to a high status individual such as a knight or other nobleman. 

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ECCI launches Climate Week Scotland

Scottish Minister Gives Keynote Speech at Scottish Launch of Climate Week

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Climate Week 2013 kicked off this week with not one but two launch events. As the Climate Week Awards were presented at the Terrace Pavilion at the Houses of Parliament, the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation played host to Scotland’s very own Climate Week launch. Speakers from a range of organisations joined together at Edinburgh’s low-carbon research centre to celebrate Scotland’s efforts to tackle climate change – and to mark the start of Climate Week.

Andy Kerr, ECCI Director, kicked off the event by introducing keynote speaker Paul Wheelhouse, the Scottish Minister for Environment and Climate Change. Mr. Wheelhouse began by thanking Climate Week for providing the “ideal platform to showcase the positive and practical efforts being made across Scotland to reduce emissions”. 

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Obama backs US Energy Commission Recommendations

The goals outlined by the Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy, a distinguished coalition of energy leaders were adopted by President Obama in his recent State of the Union Address this week.

The US President stated, “I’m also issuing a new goal for America: let’s cut in half the energy wasted by our homes and businesses over the next twenty years.”

The president also encouraged the development of energy efficient buildings and worker training programs which were both strongly advocated by the Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy (energy2030.org). 

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Read all about it - A History of High School Yards

Passers by can now delve into the fascinating and sometimes gruesome history of ECCI's new building at High School Yards courtesy of the giant at a glance 'History of High School Yards' infographics just installed on the building site.

Mary Queen of Scots and Sir Walter Scott share the billing with tales of murder, mystery and…well, the invention of the blackboard.

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New staircase transforms ECCI's new building

ECCI's new home at High School Yards celebrated a major milestone this week with the installation of the specially designed timber staircase. 

The Old High School consists of a classical ‘front building’ and a newer ‘rear building’ which will be linked by the innovative adjoining staircase, providing a seamless link between the front and back, and old and new.

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ECCI’s Artist in Residence takes up her post

ECCI is celebrating the appointment of its first Artist in Residence this week.

Drawing and sculpture specialist Jennie Speirs Grant will spend the next 10 months working with the Edinburgh Centre to produce a series artworks that make a connection between art, culture, science and business, using ECCI’s work within the context of carbon, environment, innovation and sustainability to guide her.

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ECCI contributes to US Commission Plan to Double U.S. Energy Productivity by 2030

Achieving Goal Could Save $327 Billion Annually and Add 1.3 Million Jobs in US

Today a diverse coalition of energy leaders, supported by a group of international and technical advisors, including input from Scotland through ECCI, unveiled a set of recommendations designed to double U.S. energy productivity by 2030, an innovative approach that promises to be of interest to many other nations around the globe.

Over a one year period, the diverse commission, led by Senator Mark Warner and Tom King (National Grid US), have looked into policies that could save $327 billion annually and add 1.3 million jobs to the U.S. economy.

 
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Speed Limits fuel 2020 Group's first public engagement seminar

The first in a series of public engagement seminars being run by Scotland's 2020 Climate Group kicks off this week with ECCI support. They have been created to offer spaces for new conversations around some of the more challenging issues facing Scotland in regards to climate change.

This first seminar will address the economic, environmental and social impacts speed limits have on our low carbon ambitions and will use research commissioned by ECCI to inform the debate. Is the "need for speed" at odds with our vision for a low carbon Scotland? Do we need to put the brakes on to reduce emissions? 

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ECCI launches Exec Ed in India

Following the success of ECCI Skills programmes in China, ECCI will launch its first Indian programme in Mumbai later this Spring.

Green Finance: Opportunities & Challenges is a two-day world-class programme for executives, leaders and entrepreneurs striving to deliver India's low carbon economic revolution.

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Scots can change the world says Harvard Professor

Scottish economists, engineers, entrepreneurs & innovators can be the world changing force in the battle against climate change, according to a professor from Harvard Business School. But they must act fast to encourage a transition to low carbon technologies and behaviours, warned distinguished professor Joseph Lassiter.

Lassiter sent out the rallying call to 600 business leaders, academics and decision makers in attendance at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation’s event series last week, calling on them to make use of Scotland’s greatest resource - ‘Scots’ - to overcome the challenges of climate change.

 
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600 low carbon revolutionaries invade Edinburgh for a week-long series of events

600 entrepreneurs, investors, corporate leaders and policy makers from across Europe invade ECCI and its partner venues this week, all striving to deliver a low-carbon environmental and economic revolution. 

The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation is all set to start 2013 with a bang, expanding on the success of 2012's entrepreneurship events programme with four events over 4 days in January 2013.

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ECCI @ High School Yards attracts 300 visitors

ECCI's new building at High School Yards has attracted 300 visitors since the new academic term started - and it hasn't even been built yet.

The building project has been used as learning and teaching resource for students and academics from the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University and Heriot-Watt University to make the innovative design, building methods and use a real life teaching resource.

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Intelligent Data and Domestic Energy

Following a successful inaugral workshop in Aberdeen, ECCI joined forces with ScotlandIS for the second Low Carbon Special Interest Group meeting. The meet ups aim to facilitate interaction and commercial opportunities between Scotland's Software/ICT and Renewable Energy/Low Carbon industries. 

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ECCI celebrates with the winners at the VIBES awards ceremony

After 12 months of campaigning, writing and rewriting applications, a series of nerve-wracking judging visits and the final nail-biting weeks as a short listed finalist, the VIBES awards winners were finally announced in front of a enraptured audience in Glasgow on Friday.

Peter Lederer, chairman of The Gleneagles Hotel, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award and nine companies beat off stiff competition from some of Scotland’s leading ‘green’ businesses to take home titles.

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Plugging into EVs

A fully charged fleet of electric vehicles and 40 or so equally zippy members of the sustainable transport community descended on ECCI on Wednesday for the Edinburgh leg of the Energy Saving Trust's 'Plugging into the Benfits of Electric Vehicles' event series. 

The event aimed to inform the business community (whether large businesses with a whole fleet of vehicles or a small businesses with just one or two company cars) about the benefits & barriers of EVs.

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STV makes a film about ECCI @ High School Yards

STV has made a short film about ECCI's new home at High School Yards.

Edinburgh’s historic Old High School will be transformed into a state of the art, energy efficient hub for knowledge, innovation and skills.

Work began on the construction of our new home in February 2012. The build involves the refurbishment and remodeling of space in the University of Edinburgh’s Old High School in High School Yards and will comprise an innovation suite, lecture theatres, seminar rooms, exhibition and social space.

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Edinburgh University reaches £350m fundraising target

ECCI was celebrating alongside fellow University of Edinburgh colleagues today as the institution reached its £350m fundraising target with support coming from former students like author JK Rowling.

The Edinburgh writer donated £10m to the university's campaign, which was launched six years ago. The money will be used for furthering research, maintaining buildings and in financial support for students. The rest of the £350m funding has come from former students, funding councils, major trusts and foundations, corporations, government and research charities.

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Watch the live pitches from ECCI @ Scottish Low Carbon Investment Conference 2012

As a brand NEW addition to the Scottish Low Carbon Investment Conference 2012, ECCI selected 20 companies to showcase and pitch their business to a Scottish and global audience of investors and industry leaders.

Back in August we invited companies to send us a 2 min video pitch to convince us they should be selected for a place. We invited any stage of company to apply, from proof-of-concept / seed, startup (pre-revenue), early-stage (post-revenue) or expansion from across the low carbon sector. 

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ECCI helps launch major new Biofuel project

Forestry and agricultural waste, seaweed and paper could soon be used to power businesses across Scotland.

That is the ambition of the new Scottish Biofuel Programme, which officially launched last week following a £1.6 million investment.

The body was funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise and brings together Scotland’s leading biofuel experts for the first time.

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ECCI's executive programme - only 29 places remaining

Early Bird offer until Nov 21

There are now only 29 place left at ECCI's executive programme.

Clean Energy Entrepreneurship and Investment is a world-class two-day executive programme for entrepreneurs, investors, corporate leaders and policy makers from across Europe, who are striving to deliver a low-carbon environmental and economic revolution.

 

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Deep Geothermal Energy in Scotland workshop

by ECCI's Jim Hart, Built Environment & Renewables

I recently took part in a workshop looking at the potential for deep geothermal energy in Scotland at the British Geological Survey (BGS) in Edinburgh.

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BlueGen generator launch at ECCI

The Scottish low carbon project developer iPower linked up with technology firm Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd (CFCL) for the Scottish launch of the BlueGen generator at ECCI. 

The case for fuel cells in general, and the merits of this particular device were explored in a seminar hosted by ECCI, 24th October 2012.  Delegates, who included potential customers such as Registered Social Landlords, got the chance to see one of the generators for themselves and consider the potential for this technology in their own properties. 

 

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ECCI and TSB team up to present 'Invest in Innovative Refurbishment' seminar

ECCI teamed up with the Technology Strategy Board to launch the next round of funding under the Invest in Innovative Refurbishment programme (funded by DECC to the tune of £10m in total).

Innovators, business people, consultants and academics joined the seminar held at the Institute for Sustainable Construction at Edinburgh Napier University.  The purpose of the event was to inspire delegates to collaborate on bids for the funding. ECCI previously assisted with a bid from Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association into the first round of funding.

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ECCI joins forces with Informatics Ventures and BioQuarter to create "biggest investor event"

Terry Murden, Business Editor of The Scotsman, writes this week on news that three organisations have joined forces to create what they claim will be the biggest investor showcase in Scotland.

Informatics Ventures will double the size of its annual flagship event, Engage Invest Exploit (EIE) following partnership deals struck with the Edinburgh BioQuarter and the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI).

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£100,000 Green Transport Prize - apply now

The Edinburgh College Green Transport Prize is a £100,000 initiative that supports green transport solutions that utilise renewable energy sources and have minimum impact upon the environment.

The Green Transport Prize is an annual award designed to recognise the innovative and enterprising contributions to green transport solutions and is supported by national and international private and public sector partners.

Submissions will be accepted from individuals, community groups, public and private sector organisations from countries worldwide for the 2013 annual prize.

The winning project will receive £50,000 GBP and the two runner-up projects will each receive £25,000 GBP. A seminar will be held in Edinburgh on 14 May 2013 to showcase the projects of the finalists and award the prizes.

Application form here: http://www.jec.ac.uk/images/customMedia/GT_Prize_Application_Form_140912.docx

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ECCI supported start ups tour USA with Climate KIC

ECCI supported companies UWI Technology and Pure VLC have just returned from a whistlestop tour of the US to promote their climate ventures within the USA innovation ecosystem.

Thanks to an introduction by ECCI’s Andrew Mitchell, Green Tech start-ups UWI Technology and Pure VLC were recently selected to take part in the Climate-KIC Incubation Programme and USA Start Up Tour.

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ECCI test drives state-of-the-art hydrogen car.

The ECCI team was lucky enough to test drive a state of the art hydrogen powered electric car today.

The Hyundai ix-35 fuel cell electric car is one of only three models in the world and is in Edinburgh for the Green Fleet Scotland event.

The vehicle was powered by an on-site hydrogen refuelling station based at the Royal Highland Show centre with ITM Power HFuel. HFuel generates hydrogen by electrolysis, using only on-site water and an electricity supply. The gas is compressed, stored and dispensed on demand at high pressure.

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Green Oak cleans up at SME Enviro App!

Green Oak and Glasgow Caledonian Uni have won the prestigious SME Enviro App competition!

The final took place on Friday at Microsoft's Waverly Gate offices in Edniburgh in front of a distinguished panel of judges headed by Ian Marchant CEO of Scottish and Southern Energy and including David Sigsworth, Chairman of SEPA; John Mason, Director of Business at the Scottish Government and Lars Lindstedt Principal Software Economist at Microsoft. The competition was sponsored by the 2020 Climate group and all of the organisations above.

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SME EnviroApp Final this Friday

The final judging day of the SME EnviroApp competition will be held this Friday at the Microsoft offices, Waverley Gate, Edinburgh.

Chair of Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group Ian Marchant said:

"I would be delighted if you could join me and my fellow judges on Friday 31st August for what promises to be an exciting event.  Earlier this year we launched a national competition to encourage app developers to come up with a really exciting environmental app to help engage SMEs’ in Scotland in the climate change agenda. 

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Converge finalists announced!

Converge Top Ten Announced!

Converge Challenge aims to support the next generation of Scottish research entrepreneurs in business and technology.

Congratualtions to those who have made the Converge Challenge top ten.

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ECCI building featured in the Scotsman

ECCI's new building at High School Yards was featured in the Scotsman this week.

Architect Calum Duncan told The Scotsman's Environment Correspondent Julia Horton that they hope to create the "world's most sustainable listed building".

The article quoted an interview with project architect Calum Duncan who explained the importance of proving to people that you don’t need costly technology and odd-looking designs to be environmentally friendly.

 

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ECCI celebrates major building milestone

ECCI today celebrated a major milestone in the construction of the Centre's new building at High School Yards by inviting a selection of partners, contributors and collaborators on site to look at the progress.

Contractor GRAHAM Construction has just started erecting the innovative timber frame of the 2333 square metre building being created on the site of Edinburgh’s historic Old High School in High School Yards, which counts famous figures such as Sir Walter Scott among its former pupils.

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Creative Carbon Scotland looking for new talent

ECCI supported company Creative Carbon Scotland announced this week it is looking for a Carbon Manager to join the team.

Creative Carbon Scotland – a charity initiated by Festivals Edinburgh and joined by founder members the Federation of Scottish Theatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network – is a partnership of arts organisations working to put culture at the heart of a sustainable Scotland.

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Major expansion underway for Ecometrica

ECCI supported company Ecometrica announced this week it will be opening up an office in London as part of plans for major expansion.

Ecometrica, whose “green” software has been used by companies as diverse as oil major BP and insurance giant RSA is pushing into London ahead of tough new emissions reporting standards that will affect hundreds of listed companies. The carbon accounting firm believes that the move into England will signal a major expansion of the business and allow it to tap a growing market for energy measuring software.

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Deadline approaches for Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland (VIBES) Awards 2012

There is just one week to go for companies to enter the race to find Scotland’s most environmentally-aware firms. Entries for the Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland (VIBES) Awards, which for the first time this year is being sponsored by ECCI this year, will close on the 6th July.

The leading environmental awards scheme is now in its thirteenth year. It aims to recognise businesses of all sizes and sectors employing environmental best practice in their day-to-day activity to cut down on resource use, increase sustainability, improve reputation and benefit the company’s bottom-line.

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SME EnviroApp Finalists Announced!

Down to the final six!

The six finalists of SME EnviroApp Competition have been announced, including two businesses being supported by ECCI. The judging panel met on the 14th June to determine the six finalists who will go through to compete for the £50k winners prize fund and Microsoft Technology Challenge Prize in the finals in August. We received a varied and interesting range of entries, all of which had merit in their effort and thinking. However, the judges have made their decision! Drum roll please...

The six finalists of the SMEEnviroApp Competition are:

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Climate-KIC Start-up Tour 2012 USA

In September 2012 Climate-KIC, whom ECCI partnered with in January for the Low Carbon Entrepreneurship & Investment Workshops, will be organising the first Climate-KIC Start-up tour to the USA.

So what's it all about? Climate-KIC says:

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'Help Us Solve a Global Problem': ECCI Appeal Hits 12k Doormats

ECCI's first direct marketing appeal will hit the doormats of around 12,000 University of Edinburgh alumni this morning. 

In collaboration with the university's Alumni & Development office, ECCI is seeking donations and support from ex-students and friends of the University, as well as bolstering our ever growing community of contributors, collaborators and members of the 'hub'.

How can I donate?

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Green Entrepreneurs rush to enter the Green Challenge following ECCI event

The odds of a Scot winning the £40k Green Challenge prize were looking pretty healthy this week as organisers reported a steep spike in entries from the UK following the kick-off event hosted at ECCI.

The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge is offering £400,000 funding and expert business support for the best idea and business plan for a product or service that helps reduce CO2 emissions.Last month ECCI teamed up with Green Challenge organisers, the People's Postcode Lottery, to host the first Scotland-based kick-off event. 

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Aquamarine Power receives international recognition at the prestigious European Business Awards

Aquamarine Power, an ECCI supported Scottish SME, has received international recognition at the prestigious European Business Awards for the Environment in Brussels.

The pioneering company –which has offices in Edinburgh, Orkney and Belfast – was presented with the Product Award for its Oyster wave energy technology, by Karl Falkenberg, director general for environment, European Commission.

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ECCI hosts Sustainable Procurement training

50 representatives from Scottish Higher and Further education attended training events at ECCI this month in preparation for the Sustainable Procurement Bill, due to come into force next year. 

Organised by the University of Edinburgh, the events were run in partnership with Zero Waste Scotland (http://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/), and provided an opportunity for buyers, sustainability managers and end-users to come together to learn how the exotically named Marrakech Task Force on Sustainable Public Procurement (MTF on SPP) can help embed sustainability into procurement activities.

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ECCI's new building an exemplar of low carbon building technology for Chinese officials' visit

ECCI's state of the art, energy efficient building on the site of Edinburgh's Old High School was selected as an exemplar of low carbon building technologies for a recent visit by Chinese energy officials.

Images courtesy of Elizabete Rancane.

Chinese officials site visit. Elizabete Rancane for ECCI

The group of 7 government officials from Guangdong province - the most populous province in China and home to the economic hub Shenzhen - came to the UK to participate in meetings and discussions with government officials and companies to share best practice on policy-making and governance in energy efficiency issues, especially energy retrofitting in public buildings.

They rounded off the trip by visiting ECCI, hearing presentations on low carbon building technology and policy from Dr Elena Prokofieva (Institute for Sustainable Construction, Edinburgh Napier University) and Professor Ming Sun (School of the Built Environment, Heriot Watt University). 

The group were then shown a real-life example of exemplary sustainable building in ECCI's new home currently under construction at High School Yards. Malcolm Fraser (Director, Malcolm Fraser Architects) guided the group around the site of Edinburgh’s historic Old High School which will be transformed into a state of the art, energy efficient hub for knowledge, innovation and skills.

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Deutsche Post DHL Scholarships

5 Edinburgh "Deutsche Post DHL Scholarships" are available for postgraduate Master's study in eligible programmes supported by the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation for the 2012-2013 academic session.

The aim of the scholarships is to attract the best and most motivated people to Edinburgh to play a part in building low carbon economies around the world.

Each scholarship will have a value of up to £8,000 which will be tenable for one academic year.

 
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Environment Minister Stewart Stevenson: 'ACP invaluable in our fight to reduce carbon in Scotland'

The challenges of meeting Scotland's aggressive carbon reduction targets were highlighted at the launch of the newly formed Association of Carbon Professionals in Edinburgh yesterday evening at the Lothian Chambers just off the Royal Mile. 

 

Around 100 business leaders, carbon professionals, investors, academics and students joined Mr Stevenson and the ACP Board to celebrate the launch and mark the beginning of an exciting new professional association supporting the transition to a low carbon economy.

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Could one of these businesses be a VIBES award winner?

ECCI HQ was a hub of activity last night as 40 or so prospective winners of a VIBES green business award decended on 15 South College St.

Each came to find out from VIBES judges and previous applicants how to be succesful in the competition, with some invaluable extra tips from double winners (2009 & 2011) Rabbies Small Group Tours and guest speaker Hazel Syme, Sales Manager.

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Don't forget - VIBES Awards Edinburgh Launch at ECCI HQ tomorrow!

ECCI hosts the VIBES Edinburgh launch event on May 10th at the Centre’s 15 South College St HQ.

And the news even made the Edinburgh Evening News this week. See the cutting below and read the small piece here.

 

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400k up for grabs for low carbon entrepreneurs

Green Challenge kick-off event at ECCI HQ

Are you a sustainable entrepreneur? Got a carbon-reducing idea that could make a huge difference? Maybe you just need the funding to bring your green idea to market?

The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge is offering £400,000 funding and expert business support for the best idea and business plan for a product or service that helps reduce CO2 emissions.

Join previous British winner Dean Gregory of The Power Collective on Tuesday 15th May at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation and find out more.

 

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Calling all budding developers - get involved in SME EnviroApp! ...and come along to the first social at ECCI HQ on May 1st

By 2020, Scotland has committed to reduce carbon emissions by 42%. The Scottish Government, SSE, SEPA and Microsoft have launched a national competition to create a software application that helps Scotland’s SMEs respond to these ambitious climate change goals by measuring, managing and reducing their carbon emissions.

 

The SME EnviroApp competition asks - Think you can develop an app that inspires Scottish businesses to think greener? (if you do, you could win £50,000)

 

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ECCI sponsors low carbon impact award for Scottish businesses…and hosts the Edinburgh launch event

The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation today announced it is sponsoring a VIBES award – the annual event that celebrates the Scottish businesses taking nsignificant steps to improve or reduce their impact on the environment.

Now in it’s 13th year, the VIBES Awards (Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland) recognise and showcase best practice across business sectors and aim ton encourage the efficient use of resources, enhance the competitiveness nof businesses, improve environmental performance and support the wider ngoals of sustainable development.

 

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Community Energy Business Forum launched at ECCI

ECCI's reputation as a hub for the low carbon community was further cemented when the Centre teamed up with SCENE (Sustainable Community Energy Network) in creating a business forum to discuss community renewable energy. (Join the coversation@EdCentreCC #lowcarbonhub)

The event brought together business, local authority and academic representatives to:

• Explore examples of community engagement as a key factor in renewable project success;

• Spread ideas of best-practice models for community engagement by the private sector;

• Delve into issues and opportunities in community renewable technologies

 
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Forget dancing robots, find out the where the future of Scottish Science lies with ECCI Director Andy Kerr

ECCI Executive Director Andy Kerr has a tough act to follow today after a troupe of dancing robots made a splash at the Edinburgh Science Festival yesterday.

Unlike the five mini humanoid robots that previewed a choreographed dance routine, Dr Kerr will remain firmly seated alongside his fellow panel members to try to find out what Scotland will look like in 2030.

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Edinburgh confirmed as Green Investment Bank HQ

The government has revealed its £3bn Green Investment Bank (GIB) will be headquartered in Edinburgh following a fierce campaign from Scottish businesses to secure the bank for the city.

Business Secretary Vince Cable revealed that Edinburgh had won the bid to host the Green Investment Bank, but a transaction team and project financing team will also initially be based in a London office to help drive investment.

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10m Funding boost for low carbon business support announced at ECCI HQ

ECCI was chosen as the launchpad for a new energy and low carbon investment scheme expected to create a £40m boost to the Scottish economy. Finance Minister John Swinney visited the Centre to announce a £10m Scottish government investment inn six innovative projects created to support small and medium sized businesses across Scotland with the development of low carbon technologies, products and services.

Around 1000 businesses are expected to benefit from the projects, which are being funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprisethe Scottish Funding Council, Scottish universities, Adam Smith College and Heliex Power Ltd. Together they will create more than 50 full time posts, increase ncompany turnover by up to £40 million and leverage in additional projectn funding.

 
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ECCI hosts senior delegation of Chinese leaders for low carbon training

A delegation of senior Chinese leaders visited ECCI for training on low carbon policy implementation this week.

The senior delegation of 25 officials from the Chinese National Development & Reform Commission (NDRC) and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office spent one week at the centre’s base at the University of Edinburgh undertaking an intensive bespoke programme on ‘Low Carbon Economic Policy & Implementation’.

 
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Key Players meet to discuss Fuel Cells in the Built Environment

The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation joined forces with the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association, and the Scottish Ecological Design Association to organise and host a seminar at Edinburgh Napier University’s Institute for Sustainable Construction, after work on Wednesday 15th February. 

ECCI-SHFCA-SEDA-ENU-ISC may be a bit of a mouthful, but the ncombined reach of these organisations ensured a full house with a nice mix of delegates from business and academia, with interests in energy, engineering, sustainability and architecture.  Around 70 delegates represented more than 30 different organisations.  Many expressed surprise at the level of interest in what many had probably considered a niche subject up until that point.

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Celtic Renewables Ltd wins prestigious business award

An Edinburgh business with an innovative idea to tackle climate change has won a £40,000 Shell Springboard award.

Celtic Renewables Ltd, a spin out company from Edinburgh Napier University which has been supported by ECCI, received a £40,000 Shell Springboard award for its process which generates next generation biofuels from by-products from the Scottish malt whisky industry resulting in reduced oil consumption and CO2 emissions. ECCI experts assisted Celtic Renewables in undertaking a carbon life cycle analysis of the successful proposal.

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ECCI Showcases Scotland's low carbon talent

50 of Scotland’s most innovative low carbon enterprises assembled on Wednesday 11th January 2012 at the Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh to showcase their innovations to low carbon leaders from across Scotland and the rest of the world.

The specially selected low carbon enterprises ranged from a renewable energy firm producing large scale offshore energy parks combining wind nand tidal energy, to an online travel system which groups travelers together into clusters for shared taxis.

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Sustainable Festivals Seminar Sells Out

Then Centre linked up with Edinburgh Napier University's Business School - the Edinburgh Institute -  to deliver a sell-out seminar on 'Realising a Culure of Sustainability: Festival, Events & Tourism'.

The top-class programme included practical examples of what organisers can do to make their events more sustainable (Andrew Coulton, Edinburgh Book Festival); to a stirring warning on the impact a new economic order will have on the sector (Dr Calvin Jones, University of Cardiff).

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National Press reports ECCI funding news

News of the Centre's £1.6 million funding boost made a splash in the Sunday papers this weekend.

The Sunday editions of The Scotsman and The Herald, as well as BBC News Online, all reported the Scottish Government's £1.6 million investment pledge and the estimated 80 new jobs and £167 million boost to the Scottish economy that the work of the Centre is expected to create. 

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