Partnership wins Guardian Sustainable Business Award

Recognition for Low Carbon Innovation Project

Date posted

31 May 2016


A partnership between three of Edinburgh’s largest universities has won the prestigious Guardian Sustainable Business Award for ‘best collaborative project’.

The Low Carbon Innovation project (LCI) was one of the first enterprise support partnerships to be managed by the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI).


Bringing leading experts together from University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University and Heriot-Watt University, the project delivered significant benefits to new companies and SMEs working on low carbon solutions.

Benefits included an increase of £15 million in turnover for SMEs and new start-up businesses supported, over 200 companies received various levels of support from guidance to in-depth support which led to 70 new jobs being created. 

The project was funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the three partner Universities.

Key experts from across Edinburgh Napier University were involved from research centres and schools including: Institute for Sustainable Construction, Scottish Energy Centre, School of Computing and the School of Engineering & Built Environment.

Staff involved from Edinburgh and Edinburgh Napier Universities also went on to form a joint low carbon innovation partnership in Hong Kong with support from Scottish Development International and industry partners such as BRE Scotland which will open this year.

Read The Guardian story HERE