Climate hub to help shape green economy

A University centre that will help create low-carbon jobs and skills could help establish Scotland as a green economy.

Exterior plans for the Edinburgh Centre on Climate Change

The Edinburgh Centre on Climate Change (ECCC) will bring together experts in law, business, technology and policymaking.

Those taking part will help to develop low-carbon business ideas, in a sector that is worth £8.5 billion and forecast to grow to £12 billion by 2015.

Emerging industries

We can build on our strengths to help shape the future of the green economy in Scotland and beyond.

Dr Andy KerrDirector of the Edinburgh Centre on Climate Change

The centre will also seek to shape regulations for emerging industry sectors, and help create a workforce equipped with the relevant skills.

Experts will seek to establish the ECCC as a forum through which university academics and other professionals can work with businesses and local government to help develop a low-carbon society.

The centre is hosted by the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier and Heriot-Watt Universities.

Student vision

Find out more about the Edinburgh Centre on Climate Change in a short film created by our Carbon Masters' students to promote the centre.

Refurbished facility

A University building, close to the Scottish Parliament, is to be refurbished to house the ECCC.

The £10 million refit, scheduled to open in 2012, will deliver a forum for collaboration and the development of professional skills on all matters related to climate change.

Award-winning Malcolm Fraser Architects has been appointed to design the facility.


You can view a fly-through of the new centre on the University's YouTube channel.

Edinburgh Centre on Climate Change fly-through

Early focus

The centre’s initial areas of focus will include financing improvements to buildings and enhancing design of low-carbon buildings and transport systems.

Also in the spotlight will be streamlined climate and energy regulations, and working with communities to enable low-carbon energy supplies.

ECCC experts will also deliver professional courses to executives and masters courses for students.

Building expertise

The University’s expertise in low-carbon technology and research is well established.

Our Carbon Capture and Storage MSc, the first of its kind, is an example of this. The programme examines ways to capture and store carbon dioxide produced from burning fossil fuels from industry.

Watch our video to find out more about this groundbreaking programme.

Growing market

The green economy in Scotland, which employs 73,000 people, is forecast to employ 130,000 by 2020, analysts claim.

The global market for low-carbon goods and services is valued at more than £3 trillion.

The work of the centre has been backed with a £1.4 million award from the European Regional Development Fund, which is administered by the Scottish Government.

It will allow eight full-time staff, from across the three universities, to be employed at the ECCC over a three-year period.

By pooling Scotland’s expertise in technology, education, law and finance, and working with business, civil society and policymakers, the Edinburgh Centre on Climate Change is well placed to become a landmark institution.

Dr Andy KerrDirector of the Edinburgh Centre on Climate Change

Images and fly-through Created by Touch 3D Media. Design Malcolm Fraser Architects.