ECCI going global in 2015

12 December 2014

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 (pictured: HK Science & Technology park).

Now with a complement of 21 staff, a brand new ideas incubator, 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 inScotland and abroad.

the sheer vibrancy of the engagement with big social challenges by people across Scotland suggests a bright future 

Executive Director Andy Kerr said: "Just over a year after the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation moved into Edinburgh’s famous old High School, the sheer vibrancy of the engagement with big social challenges by different enterprises – public, private, academic and community – and by people across Scotland suggests a bright future.

Making public promises is easy. Delivering on such promises, on contested topics, is very difficult. But when engaged politicians, vibrant social and business enterprise, a supportive public sector and a strong university base are able to work together, delivery starts to look a lot easier."

International outlook

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.

We are ECCI

In addition to providing a hub for innovation that has actively supported over 1000 enterprises and organisations to develop low carbon products and services, the centre funds and offers six Masters scholarships. MSc students are embedded in the centre in order to take advantage of the low carbon community and on-site access to developing businesses and ideas. The site itself is home to two electric-vehicle charging points and the new City Car Club electric vehicle as well as multiple bike storage facilities to encourage low carbon travel.

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