The businesses travelled with the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation to the Low Carbon Summit in China – a two-day event to examine global best practices in how to develop sustainable cities.
The selected companies include iPower – which is pioneering a fuel cell programme that tackles fuel poverty in Scotland which is the first organisation to receive investment from Scotland’s £16m social growth fund – and Aquatera, the Orkney-based marine renewables experts. Taking part in the showcase are:
- John Ferguson, Binneco Park
- Gordon McGregor, Spot Sensor Technologies
- John Cape, iPower
- Donald John McLean, Integrated Environmental Solutions
- William Ireland, Logan Energy
- Gaynor Jones, Aquatera
- Peter Wilson, Wood for Good, Edinburgh Napier University
The aim of the event is to share best practice of new policy initiatives, technology solutions, design practices and community efforts in pursuit of a low carbon economy.
The summit will draw on global best practices and explore the frontiers of knowledge and technology in the environmental field. Through a series of formal sessions and workshops the Shanghai Summit will explore policy, action, and strategy options.
Andy Kerr and Ed Craig, senior managers at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, will deliver sessions on each day.
The visit kicks off a year of international business development for ECCI, with the opening of ECCI’s first satellite centre in Hong Kong planned for later in the year, a base in Edinburgh University’s New York office already established and ties developing across the Asia Pacific and Central America.
ECCI will return to the Asia Pacific in March with a delegation of projects from the pioneering Smart Accelerator programme. Smart Accelerator supports eight smart city, three sustainable island and five smart mobility projects, receiving direct support to create fully packaged partnerships ready for investment. Individual projects receive advice and practical support ranging from funding, management, marketing and communications, to industry, academic and international expertise.
The delegation will also visit Chinese city of Shenzhen, the focus of a commitment to closer cultural and creative collaboration between Edinburgh. A Memorandum of Understanding agreed the establishment of joint ‘International Creative Industry Incubation Centres’.
And ECCI will return to Hong Kong with the University of Edinburgh Development and Alumni team in May, with sights set on June 2015 for the opening of the Hong Kong Innovation Centre – ECCI’s first official international arm.