Climate change centre to create 80 jobs

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MORE than 80 jobs will be created at a new climate change centre in the capital which is expected to bring a £167 million boost to the Scottish economy.

The Scottish Government will invest more than 1.6m to provide a national hub for efforts to drive Scotland's low-carbon economy and tackle climate change.

The first of its kind in the UK, the centre will be built at Edinburgh University using the latest eco technology and will open in 2013.

It is designed to be a focal point for world-leading research into climate change and the development of new low-carbon products and services.

Experts from the centre will be tasked with advising Scottish businesses on how to increase their bottom line by using the latest innovations which save energy.

Infrastructure and capital investment secretary Alex Neil said: "Scotland is leading the way on creating the skills and expertise needed to grow a thriving, low-carbon economy and this new centre will be another string to our bow."