The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation has opened a permanent office in Hong Kong.
Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, officially opened the centre at the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park as part of a Scottish Government trade mission.
The Team Scotland Centre will be led by ECCI and is funded by the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University, BRE Scotland and Scottish Development International.
The centre will share and develop best practice with the Hong Kong government, academic and business partners for the future of low-carbon technologies in Hong Kong.
Low carbon experts will focus on projects including sustainable construction, air quality, energy efficiency and smarter cities.
ECCI will provide a conduit for Scottish organisations aiming to create local partnerships and introduce products and services to Hong Kong businesses.
The centre builds upon a 2013 memorandum of understanding between the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park and Scottish Development International to develop closer partnerships to address the key challenges of climate change and a lower carbon economy.
The centre in Hong Kong will be managed by experts from ECCI and will host and employ five staff in total, recruited from Scotland and Hong Kong.
ECCI has a growing global network and is considering establishing bases in Asia, South America and Central America.
This is a great example of a collaborative working relationship between educational institutions and business on a global scale. The new carbon innovation centre in Hong Kong will help foster productive working practices between policy, community and business leaders in order to support and deliver workable solutions for a low carbon future.