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Ace Eco-Partnerships

Eco-Partnerships Project

ACE Eco-partnerships can offer free comprehensive assistance to eligible small medium sized enterprises (SMEs) with less than 250 employees.

ACE Eco-Partnerships is a 3 year project which will run until November 2011, jointly funded by the University of Abertay Dundee and the European Union to the value of £1.1M.

The project will investigate opportunities for industrial symbiosis, where the wastes or outputs from one SME can be used by a neighbouring SME. It will support SMEs located within Angus, Dundee, Fife and Perth & Kinross.

ACE Eco-partnerships will use in house expertise at Abertay to enable SMEs to identify commercially viable environmental solutions to their products and processes. This knowledge exchange platform between academia and participating SMEs will lead to cost savings and maintain competitive advantage.

Recent Activity


Growing Business in the Low Carbon Economy

Wednesday 19th October 2011 between 09:30 - 13:00  at Kydd Building, University of Abertay Dundee

Improving business efficiency has never been more important to SMEs within Tayside & Fife, with few businesses unaffected by the current economic climate.  The ACE Eco-Partnerships project established in 2008 at University of Abertay Dundee, has been working to reduce the impacts of a slowing economy by helping businesses improve their resource efficiency.  This unique resource for SMEs identifies opportunities for industrial symbiosis, and reduce barriers to the development of innovative commercially viable green business solutions by filling knowledge and resource gaps.

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In The News

The Courier 19.10.11  Abertay Celebrates Results of Eco-Partnerships Project

The Courier 12.10.11   Innovative approach to using Tayside House waste carpet 

As work continues to strip out the interior of Tayside House in preparation for its demolition early next year, an initiative is ensuring disadvantaged Dundonians will benefit from the waste.

The Courier 10.02.11Abertay University helps planners reach decision on bio-energy projects

…“Abertay University is hoping to come up with a way to help planners decide whether to approve bio-energy projects like the wood-burning power plant proposed for Dundee harbour. It hosted a meeting of experts yesterday to discuss how to design a framework for working out how sustainable developments will be, and their impact…Dr David Blackwood, who leads the university's environment division, said, "This is another important project we're running at Abertay, to give a real practical benefit to all stakeholders and decision-makers involved in sustainable energy generation for Tayside, Scotland and across the UK. "This work builds on other successful projects, including the 3D visualisation of the new Dundee Waterfront plans, and recent work to model the impacts of soil on climate change, and on cleaning dangerous chemicals from our waterways. "This practical focus is what really sets Abertay apart."”


June 2010

ACE Eco-Partnerships officers have been on the road in the past month attending a number of events including the All Energy Conference, Scottish Environmental Technology Network (SETN) Conference, Solar Cities Scotland Conference and Zero Waste Events. The release of the Zero Waste Plan for Scotland is a stimulus for the recycling sector and associated businesses in Scotland and ACE Eco-Partnerships looks forward to working in partnership with many companies to meet the objectives of the Zero Waste Plan.


View the ACE Eco-Partnerships Project Launch Presentations