World-first for Edinburgh University as Scotland’s First Minister officially opens its low-carbon base in Hong Kong

Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister, in China
Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister, in China

A leading low-carbon innovation group from Edinburgh University has opened a permanent office in Hong Kong.

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, today officially opened the centre at the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park as part of the Scottish Government trade mission to China and the Far East.

The Scottish university is the first education institution in the world to establish a low-carbon centre in another country. The Hong Kong team will be led by the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI)

The centre will share and develop best practise with the Hong Kong government, academic and business partners for the future of carbon technologies in Hong Kong.

Low carbon experts will focus on projects related to sustainable construction, air quality, water, waste, resource usage, transport, energy efficiency and smarter cities.

ECCI will provide a conduit for Scottish organisations aiming to create local partnerships and introduce innovative products and services to Hong Kong businesses – a new contract also announced today by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who said:

“This is the first education institution in the world to establish a low-carbon research and innovation centre in another country and I am delighted that it is a Scottish university that is leading the way and setting the standard.

“Like the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park, Edinburgh University has a world class reputation and I’m confident that this relationship will help provide Scottish companies with a route into Hong Kong and, through its strong links with China, act as a gateway into the Chinese mainland.

ECCI logoThe centre in Hong Kong will be managed by experts from Edinburgh’s Centre for Carbon Innovation and will host and employ five staff recruited from Scotland and Hong Kong.

Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea, Principal of Edinburgh University, said: “This is a great example of a collaborative working relationship between educational institutions and business. The new carbon innovation centre in Hong Kong will help foster working practises between policy, community and business leaders in order to support and deliver workable solutions for a low carbon future. 

“Edinburgh University is committed to sharing our knowledge on a global scale and working with businesses, innovators and policy makers around the world in order to develop new technologies and foster relationships.”

Ed Craig, Head of Enterprise and Innovation, Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, said: “We are delighted to be opening this ground-breaking new centre in Hong Kong, strengthening relationships and forging sustainable business partnerships between Scottish and Chinese enterprises.

“The Asia Pacific region and China in particular faces significant challenges in reducing its environmental impact.  This provides a significant opportunity for Scottish ideas, services and products to enable sustainable economic development in this region.”

Sturgeon also held a series of meetings in Peking with Chinese oil and gas energy firms to promote Scotland’s North Sea oil and gas industry.

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