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It’s always nice to have additional thoughts on the events we run so today’s blog is in the form of a guest spot from Alisa Murphy of Life Size Media – to read her impressions of the recent Demand Response event, click here

Our mantra at ecoConnect, articulated at every Green in the City forum, is the need to better connect the Cleantech sector through the dismantling of the silo approach – be that in government, academia or business. As our programme has evolved, it has been interesting to observe the growing (and needed) recognition that there remains…

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An extreme position made to sound like a media sound-bite? Perhaps, but isn’t that how the shale gas ‘debate’ has been played out to date with the opposing sides adopting positions of, to borrow the words of one of last night’s delegates, “idealogical intransigence?” This was one of the issues debated by the expert panel…

Never Mind the Oscars, We Have Been Nominated for an Award!

We are delighted to announce that ecoConnect has been nominated in the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce Awards 2014 in the sustainable business category. Having spent the last few months buried in judging and finalising arrangements for Cleantech Innovate 2014, it is a novel and slightly nerve-racking experience to go through the process from the other side…

This has been a great start to the New Year for us in Scotland with a sell-out forum last week, and now it gets even better with a real vote of support from the Scottish Government for  Cleantech Innovate 2014 and, in particular, the Scottish companies who have made it to the final. Minister for…

What a difference 6 weeks makes. When we ran our Green in the City review of EMR in November, it would be fair to say that there was a mood of frustration and cynicism about the process, the delays and the outcomes. 6 weeks on, with the publication of the EMR Delivery Plan, the mood…

Electricity Market Reform is a strange beast: I am beginning to believe that the more you read about it, the less you know and this is perhaps because, in the words of Dr Gordon Edge (one of last night’s panellists), it has been constructed with ‘baroque layers of complexity’. This sense that things could have…

Why do over-worked, time-poor entrepreneurs put themselves through the pain of entering for competitions and awards? This question kept surfacing when I sat as a judge for Cleantech Innovate 2014 (http://www.cleantechinnovate.com) facing a mound of 84 business plans, nothing but a small box of chocolates for sustenance and continuous bad jokes from a selection panel…

Last night we had a very interesting evening at the Interface Excellence Awards in Edinburgh’s incredibly grand Assembly Rooms – not least because of the Scottish approach to canapés: who needs bite-size fiddly mouthfuls when you can have bowls of apple crumble, genius! To the serious part of the evening, however, which was a discussion…

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