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China climate change initiative

Chinese business leaders will get to grips with climate change issues thanks to a new education programme.


Academics from the Edinburgh Centre on Climate Change (ECCC) are to host a series of events for Chinese executives on climate change and carbon management, with the first taking place in Beijing on August 24.

The event is expected to begin a long-term relationship between Edinburgh and China on issues related to climate change.

In time, the ECCC expects the relationship with China to result in significant numbers of Chinese executives visiting Edinburgh as a hub of education on carbon issues.

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In the first event, Francisco Ascui - director of the world’s first Masters Degree in Carbon Finance at the University of Edinburgh Business School - will deliver a one-day pilot programme for state and private companies in Beijing.

Many Beijing-based business - including law firms, environmental consultancies, banks, venture capital firms and non-governmental organizations - are set to participate in the event, which is jointly hosted by Renmin University in Beijing.

A memorandum of understanding between the ECCC and Renmin University - to work together on commercial and cultural exchange, executive education and joint conferences - will also be signed.

The activities are focused on helping Scotland and China deliver on both countries’ ambitions for a low carbon economy.

If the ECCC is to succeed with our bold vision of helping Scotland deliver on the low carbon economy, we must work hand-in-hand to help China achieve the same success. Climate change is a global issue started in the West but requiring urgent remedy in the East.

Andrew Mitchell

Business Manager, Edinburgh Centre on Climate Change

Edinburgh Centre on Climate Change

The ECCC - a collaboration between the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University and Heriot-Watt University - aims to equip the next generation of industry leaders and opinion formers to tackle climate change.

It is specifically designed to engineer interaction with industry and policy-makers, with a strong focus on commercialisation, knowledge sharing and executive education.

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