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Low carbon innovation

Our in-house innovation expertise is complemented by our broad networks and international reach.

This puts us in pole position to connect you with emerging opportunities in cutting-edge city and region projects.

Our value lies not only in what we know, but who we know – both in the UK and internationally. Our community of experts spans business and innovation support, carbon and climate policy, research, industry, project management and communications. We take action

At ECCI we make low carbon progress happen. We’re not a research centre or a talking shop – we’re an action centre. We use our in-house expertise and strong links within the data, clean tech and public sectors to deliver real world impact. From transforming game-changing start-ups into growth businesses to turning research insights into innovative local and urban projects.

We walk the walk

As low carbon leaders, it’s important to us that we practice what we preach, starting with our immediate environment. We transformed a draughty, historical building into our state-of-the-art hub - demonstrating that beautiful spaces can also meet exacting energy standards.

We’re also hosted by one of the world’s best universities, which is itself aiming to be zero carbon by 2040. And we’re based in one of the world’s most climate-ambitious countries, with low carbon industries worth £11 billion a year.

At ECCI we’re heavily involved in implementing the Edinburgh City Region Deal. This project will see £230 million of funding invested in data-driven innovation over the next 10 years. Our role is focused on mobility, housing and smart city innovation.

In 2016, we won a Guardian Sustainable Business Award for our work in breaking down low carbon barriers. The award also recognises our dynamic and non-traditional approach in bringing people together to deliver effective sustainable outcomes.

We’re international

In 2015 First Minister Nicola Sturgeon opened our Hong Kong base, HKCCI. The centre helps low carbon entrepreneurs access the Hong Kong, Chinese and Singaporean markets.

ECCI experts also helped develop China’s first centre for low carbon education in Shanghai. The China-UK Low Carbon College opened in 2017 and will encourage climate innovation in China and around the world.

Find out about our support programmes

Find out more about our low carbon support programmes, including our partnership with EIT Climate-KIC.

Connect with our experts

To find out more about our low carbon expertise and connect with our in-house specialists, contact us.

Meet the team

Find out more about our in-house experts, and what they do at ECCI.