Weekly round up of the latest news and events at ECCI

02 October 2014

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.

Other events:

Geosciences School-wide meeting
8 October 2014 at 2.00 pm, ECCI Conference Room
Brief social afterwards will be at the adjacent break-out room.
Contact Connie Fox to attend: connie.fox@ed.ac.uk

Business Opportunities in China’s “Liveable Cities”
Mu Boyi – CBBC China Business Adviser for Low Carbon Industries (Construction, Environment and Water sectors)
Wednesday 8th October, 15:00-17:00

A presentation followed by Q&A and a roundtable discussion on the business opportunities Mu Boyi and CBBC have identified in low carbon industries in China recently.
This will primarily focus on UK expertise that suits the opportunities in the sustainable construction, water and environmental services sectors in China, analysing the cultural differences and ways to negotiate the barriers. Open discussion will follow to promote peer-to-peer knowledge exchange.
Attendance is free, but please register your attendance by contacting Tracy Baird via email Tracy.baird@cbbc.org or over the phone on 0141 204 8322.

Research and Peatlands to 2025: A Workshop
Thursday 9 October, 12:30-17:00
In June 2014 SNH published the consultation of a National Peatland Plan for Scotland. This workshop will focus on the research required to implement the
provisions of the plan. It will consider in particular the existing knowledge base and gaps which should be addressed to ensure delivery of the Plan's primary objectives over the next ten years. nIt will follow the previous conversational style, and will be chaired by Neil Ritchie, Scottish Government.
For more information contact Lee Callaghan: Lee.Callaghan@ed.ac.uk

2020 Climate Group Annual Debate
October 20th
Hear from 2020 CG’s Ian Marchant: http://us3.campaign-archive2.com/?u=bd734780058a3a42f17bfb2f8&id=4396c96404&e=9f5d54a122

Heriot-Watt Energy Academy Showcase & Participative Management - An Opportunity
Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, 20 October 2014 from 12.30pm - 5.00pm
The first event, The Energy Academy Showcase, (12.30pm - 5pm) will begin with a networking lunch, which will provide you with an opportunity to meet with members of the Energy Academy and other guests.
After this there will be a series of presentations from Heriot-Watt energy researchers who will provide an insight into the innovative work of the Energy Academy, and a panel discussion on the current status of energy supply and Research and Development in Scotland and the UK.
More info: http://edinburghcentre.org/events/Heriot-Watt-Energy-Academy-Showcase

Visions for Change event series
In the face of growing global challenges, this event series reflects on topical issues and considers innovative solutions to creating change at the University and beyond.
Join & find out more about the event series: http://www.sustainability.ed.ac.uk/events

8th October
Rewilding the world

9th October
Should the University divest from fossil fuels?

21st October
Rethinking infrastructure & development: What we can learn from off-the-grid living
Physical infrastructure is crucial to a good life. But what can we learn from people who live in places without centralised and connected systems for transportation, energy, health or waste?

23rd October
Salon: Disruptive Innovation
The security of our global future is dependent on a less wasteful and linear economy. But how can we disrupt and innovate today's economic system?
Join & find out more about the event series: http://www.sustainability.ed.ac.uk/events