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The Hong Kong Centre for Carbon Innovation (HKCCI) is ECCI’s Hong Kong base and part of the University of Edinburgh.

It brings world-class low carbon solutions and technologies from the UK to Hong Kong and China, enabling new business partnerships.

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It’s also a platform for ECCI and the University to create innovation, learning and research activities in East Asia. Launched in 2015 by Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, HKCCI’s other partners include Edinburgh Napier University, BRE Scotland, and the Scottish Government (through Scottish Development International).

HKCCI Services

The work that HKCCI delivers is split into three main services:

Acceleration services

Tailor-made service packages that help Scottish and UK businesses get access to the Chinese and Hong Kong markets. If you’re curious about opportunities over there, HKCCI can guide you as you explore options. Equally, if you’re ready to establish a market presence or start a local operation and hire staff, HKCCI can help.

The centre also offers value-added one-off services, including competitor analysis and risk assessment.

“Hong Kong’s legal, intellectual property and cultural history make it an excellent landing pad for launching into wider Asian markets such as China.” HKCCI CEO, Dr Shelley Zhou


Professional executive training courses and a wide range of programmes, from environmental issues to business operations. Courses are delivered by the University of Edinburgh and other European partners. They can be customised to your specific needs, and available topics include:

  • BREEAM In-Use
  • Building Information Modelling
  • Green Finance and Carbon Finance
  • International Climate and Carbon Law
  • Renewable Energy
  • Presentation Skills
  • Project Management
  • UK Visits
  • HK/China Visits

Research & consultation

HKCCI works closely with the University of Edinburgh and other Scottish institutions to tackle global, environmental and social challenges. The centre encourages international research collaborations to help spark new ideas and the development of new technologies.

There are a number of funding opportunities available to UK researchers looking for partners in Hong Kong and China. These include:

  • Horizon 2020, European Union
  • Collaborative Research Fund – Group Research Grant, Hong Kong
  • Innovation and Technology Fund, Hong Kong

Research and development centres in Hong Kong:

  • Automotive Parts & Accessory System R&D Centre
  • Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute
  • Hong Kong Research Institute of Textile and Apparel
  • Nano and Advanced Materials Institute

Want to find out more?

For more information about HKCCI, check out the website.