Thank you for all those that joined us in Edinburgh! Please read a wrap-up of the forum! You can find the full agenda and photos from the forum at its dedicated site. 

In collaboration with the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI), The Confucius Institute for Scotland in the University of Edinburgh and the China-Britain Business Council (CBBC), the next WALCC Forum in Europe will take place on October 4-5th in Edinburgh, Scotland in the form of Sustainable Silk Roads: Low-Carbon Implementation of China’s Belt & Road Initiative.

With the physical arrival of the first freight train from Yiwu (Zhejiang) into London earlier this year, the realization of China’s Belt & Road Initiative symbolically made it across the English Channel for the first time. There has since been great debate around the cost-effectiveness and efficiency of such new freight routes across the Eurasian land-mass. Hot on the heels of the topic of the Sanya Forum and in order to build awareness back in the UK of what the Belt & Road Initiative represents, the Forum aims to discuss what innovative technologies and solutions may be employed to ensure its sustainability. This will be the first conference in Scotland to address this issue.

Edinburgh has a proud history of pioneering innovation and was recently named one of the world’s Top 20 Most Sustainable Cities, making it a fitting location for the next WALCC Forum.

The Forum will open with a plenary session looking to define and question some of the BRI’s main attributes, geopolitical, environmental and cultural consequences, before running six sessions (with two in parallel each time) over the course of the next two days to look at what solutions can be brought to bear. These will include Smart Mobility, Digital & Data Innovation, Water, Energy Systems, Smart Buildings, and Financial Mechanisms.

Edinburgh, Scotland and the UK welcome you! 

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