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

28 July 2015

The launch event will take place at the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park and forms part of a Scottish Government trade mission to China and Hong Kong.

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.

The centre will share and develop best practice with the Hong Kong government, academic and business partners for the future of carbon technologies in Hong Kong.

Low carbon experts will focus on projects related to sustainable construction, air quality, water, waste, resource usage, transport, energy efficiency and smarter cities.

ECCI will provide a conduit for Scottish organisations aiming to create local partnerships and introduce innovative products and services to Hong Kong businesses.

Building Partnerships

The centre builds upon a 2013 memorandum of understanding between the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park and Scottish Development International to develop closer partnerships to address the key challenges of climate change and a lower carbon economy.

Three Memorandums of Understanding will also be announced at the opening ceremony. The three core partners announcing their intention to work together in the Centre- University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University and BRE Scotland with a specific focus on the built environment; the University of Edinburgh will work with Hong Kong Polytechnic University on urban planning for intelligent cities, and built environment specialists BRE Scotland will work with Construction Industry Council Hong Kong.

The Edinburgh Centre

ECCI was first conceived in 2010 and moved into its permanent home at High School Yards in September 2013. Formerly Edinburgh's Old High School, the building has been part of the University of Edinburgh campus for over 100 years and underwent a £10.5M refurbishment in becoming the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation. The purpose built, low carbon building is now the UK's greenest historic building and was opened by Princess Royal, Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh. 

Ed Craig, Head of Enterprise and Innovation, Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, said: “ECCI is delighted to be opening this ground-breaking new centre in Hong Kong, strengthening relationships and forging sustainable business partnerships between Scottish and Chinese enterprises.

The Asia Pacific region and China in particular faces significant challenges in reducing its environmental impact. This provides a significant opportunity for Scottish ideas, services and products to enable sustainable economic development in this region.”

Team Scotland

The centre in Hong Kong will be managed by experts from Edinburgh’s Centre for Carbon Innovation and will host and employ five staff recruited from Scotland and Hong Kong. 

The ‘Team Scotland’ centre is driven by partnerhip of experts from the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI), University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University, BRE Scotland and Scottish Development International.

Professor Andrea Nolan, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University, said: “We are delighted to be building upon the relationship we have with University of Edinburgh and other partners in the field of low carbon innovation. Edinburgh Napier has a strong presence and history with Hong Kong and this new centre will help so many of our key stakeholders and Hong Kong partners. The new Centre in Hong Kong will allow the partnership to support and engage with companies in Scotland, Hong Kong and China to deliver low carbon innovation enterprises and engage with strategic public policies in reducing carbon emissions.”

Professor Sean Smith, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Construction at Edinburgh Napier University, said; “Over the last 5 years Edinburgh Napier has successfully supported over 200 new products and systems being developed by companies in Scotland in the low carbon construction arena. Building on this track record coupled with the new centre’s location on the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park provides opportunities to support new enterprise partnerships between Hong Kong and Scotland and deliver international societal and environmental benefits.”


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