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Innovation centre wins major award

The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) has won a Guardian Sustainable Business Award.

The Centre won the collaboration category for its Low Carbon Innovation (LCI) project.

The LCI successfully supported the development of innovative low carbon products and services. Since 2011, it has engaged 1,400 small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), creating about 200 new cleantech products and services so far.

Collaboration rewarded

A recent independent study put the project’s contribution to the Scottish economy at £20m. The participating enterprises are helping to save the equivalent of around 41,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions every year.

The collaboration award is given to projects that break down traditional barriers and involve several partners working together in non-traditional ways towards a goal that delivers truly sustainable outcomes.

The LCI project involved three Edinburgh universities (Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt, Napier) working in partnership with SMEs, business, government and civic society to develop responsive solutions based on excellent research and learning.

We are hugely proud to receive our winner’s award. It is a testament to the talent and efforts of the whole ECCI team over a number of years. We will continue to bring together people from enterprise, government, civic society and universities to try and solve challenging problems and make a positive difference to the world.

Andy KerrECCI Executive Director

Sector-leading low carbon hub

Housed in the award-winning, sustainably refurbished High School Yards, ECCI continues its collaborative work and is the UK’s leading low carbon hub.

Working with entrepreneurs through the Low Carbon Ideas Lab, ECCI is developing ways for Scottish SMEs with low carbon products or services to reach international markets.

It aims to play a key role in facilitating the transition to a low carbon economy by encouraging a concerted, integrated effort spanning civic society, business, government and academia.