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Assessing climate change

A firm started at the University is helping Scotland to measure up in the fight against climate change.

Ecometrica, a company started at the University in 2008 to provide greenhouse gas accounting services to companies and governments, has been named by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) as a partner to help it with carbon calculation.

It is the first Scottish company to be selected by the CDP for carbon calculation work.

The CDP is an independent not-for-profit organisation that holds the largest database of corporate climate change information in the world. Its information allows companies and governments to measure how much carbon dioxide they are emitting and set reduction targets.

We have successfully completed a large number of greenhouse gas assessments, across a wide range of sectors, and our work with the Carbon Disclosure Project will now enable us to collaborate and share this experience and best practice.

Richard TipperEcometrica Managing Director

Climate change research

The University is at the forefront of research into climate change.

It leads the Scottish Alliance of Geoscience, Environment and Society (SAGES), and was rated top in the UK for research in earth and environmental science in the 2008 Research Assessment Framework.

The Scottish Centre for Carbon Storage, which is the largest group of carbon storage experts in the UK, is located within the University’s School of Geosciences.

Students can also benefit from pioneering courses, such as the MSc in Carbon Management - a collaboration between Geological Sciences and the Business School - the only such course offered by a UK university.

Company formation

The University has a strong track record in turning business ideas into reality.

A research and commercialisation group - now known as Edinburgh Research and Innovation (ERI) - was first created at the University in 1969.

In the 2009-2010 academic year, 40 firms were created, the most ever generated by a Scottish university.