Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation wins major UK award for sustainability

Director Andy Kerr (left) and Head of Innovation Ed Craig (right) receive the ECCI award from host Ben Fogle
Director Andy Kerr (left) and Head of Innovation Ed Craig (right) receive the ECCI award from host Ben Fogle

The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) has won a Guardian Sustainable Business Award.

The Centre won the collaboration category for its Low Carbon Innovation (LCI) project.

The LCI project successfully supported the development of innovative low carbon products and services. Since 2011, it has engaged 1,400 small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), creating about 200 new clean-tech products and services so far.

A recent independent study valued the project’s contribution to the Scottish economy at £20 million.

The participating enterprises are helping to save the equivalent of around 41,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions every year.

The collaboration award is given to projects that break down traditional barriers and involve several partners working together in non-traditional ways towards a goal that delivers truly sustainable outcomes.

The LCI project involved three Edinburgh universities (Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt and Napier) working inpartnership with SMEs, business, government and civic society to develop responsive research-based solutions.

ECCI Executive Director Andy Kerr said: “We are hugely proud to receive our winner’s award. It is a testament to the talent and efforts of the whole team over a number of years. We will continue to bring together people from both public and private sectors to try and solve challenging problems and make a positive difference to the world.”

Based in the award-winning and sustainably refurbished High School Yards, ECCI is the UK’s leading low carbon hub.

ECCI Director Andy Kerr and Head of Innovation Ed Craig are pictured at the award ceremony.

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