The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation has appointed a renowned sustainability expert to head up its new centre in Hong Kong.
Shelley Zhou will lead the Hong Kong Carbon Innovation Centre at the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park.
Dr Zhou has more than ten years of experience in environmental and carbon management consultancy, new energy and biotechnology in Hong Kong, China and Singapore.
She joins from the Hong Kong Jockey Club, where she led on corporate sustainability performance for seven years.
I am delighted to be appointed as the CEO of the Scotland Hong Kong Carbon Innovation Centre. I relish the opportunity to engage Hong Kong businesses in the important work of the centre and in establishing strong, on-going relationships and partnerships with innovative Scottish businesses and the University of Edinburgh. We will be working with business leaders to support and deliver much-needed, low-carbon solutions for our future.
Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, officially opened the centre in 2015.
The centre is led by the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (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 agencies, academic and business partners for the future of low-carbon technologies in Hong Kong.
Low carbon experts will focus on projects including sustainable buildings, mobility, pollution and waste issues, energy efficiency and carbon monitoring and management.
ECCI will provide a conduit for Scottish and other international organisations aiming to create local partnerships and introduce low carbon products and services to displace the use of higher carbon products and services in Hong Kong.
The centre builds upon a 2013 memorandum of understanding between the Hong Kong Government and Scottish Government to develop closer partnerships to address the key challenges of climate change and a lower carbon economy.
The centre in Hong Kong will collaborate with experts from Scottish organisations and enterprises and will host and employ staff recruited from Scotland and Hong Kong. It will serve as a landing pad for Scottish organisations wishing to engage in Hong Kong.
ECCI has a growing global network and is considering establishing bases in Asia, South America and Central America and has a significant European network through its membership with Climate KIC.