Low-carbon business initiative comes to ECCI

The University is to host the Scottish arm of Europe’s largest climate entrepreneurship programme.

The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI), based at the University, has been named the official partner of Climate-KIC in Scotland.

ECCI will support Climate-KIC in its role as Europe’s largest public-private innovation partnership focussed on climate change.

Expert support

Scottish entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to bid for funding and dedicated support through the Climate-KIC Centre, which is supported by the European Union.

ECCI will be one of four centres in the UK and Ireland, and the first in Scotland, for Climate-KIC, which seeks to help tackle climate change through partnerships between the private, public and academic sectors.

The Scottish centre will focus on developing low-carbon ideas in the use of data and on the themes of rural areas and water.

Collaboration hub

ECCI fosters collaboration between experts from business, research, and government and provides policy insight and evidence to inform government decisions.

It also supports a range of low-carbon enterprises.  

ECCI brings people together to turn good low-carbon ideas into reality – so it’s hugely exciting for us to be bringing Europe’s leading climate innovation programme to Scotland. Scotland has a world-leading approach to tackling climate change, and we’re looking forward to being able to offer our home-grown climate innovators the money and expertise to take on growing global markets.

Dr Andy KerrDirector, ECCI


Getting ECCI on board as a Climate-KIC Partner is a huge boost for our work with city regions in the UK & Ireland, which focuses on putting climate innovation at the heart of jobs and skills strategies. From Edinburgh there is real potential to build jobs and climate-positive technologies with global relevance around Scotland’s climate change ambitions and its existing strengths in the new climate economy.

Tom MitchellDirector of Climate-KIC UK & Ireland