About Us

This conference, co-ordinated by the Confucius Institute for Scotland in the University of Edinburgh, was first conceived of when the University of Edinburgh’s Assistant Principal, China and the China-Britain Business Council’s Director, Scotland spoke on a Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) panel the 11th World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities (WALCC) in Turku, Finland in October 2016.

At the same time the Confucius Institute was bringing together an academic group with UK and Chinese universities to research the implications of the BRI. The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) gave full support in helping shape a conference that could serve as a platform for both. Edinburgh was formally nominated as the next venue at the 12th WALCC Forum in Sanya, Hainan in May 2017 when the University of Edinburgh Business School and CBBC were both present.


Confucius Institute for Scotland
The Institute has an 11-year record of accomplishment and has organised a significant number of educational, cultural and business events.

China Britain Business Council
CBBC is the leading British organisation promoting trade and investment between the UK and China.

World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities (WALCC)
This organisation has been working to develop low carbon solutions for today and for the future. The Edinburgh conference will be the 13th forum of the WALCC community.

Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation
The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, brings low carbon leaders and practitioners from business, finance and the public sector together to turn good ideas into reality.

University of Edinburgh Business School
The School offers undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education programmes in business and management and provides a platform for research, discussion and debate on a wide range of business issues.

To bring together the necessary knowledge and expertise to inform this Conference there are a number of conference partners whose contacts and experience will shape the contributions made by speakers and workshop facilitators. We thank them for their commitment.