Sustainability

Guided by our smart city and circular economy expertise, businesses are finding new ways to improve efficiency, save money and the planet.

Guided by our smart city and circular economy expertise, businesses are finding new ways to improve efficiency, save money and the planet.

Since we were made one of just four UK Future City Demonstrators in 2013, Peterborough has become one of the UK’s top Smart Cities and a world class circular economy pioneer. Others look to us to see how urban infrastructure, processes and systems can be integrated and how future challenges can be addressed.

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ground-breaking resource sharing platform for businesses to use across the city - Share Peterborough

2050

The year we want to have a fully circular economy

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The Future is Circular

The Circular Peterborough initiative aims to make the most of the resources we have locally, supporting economic resilience, improving efficiency and productivity, whilst developing strong communities and increasing environmental sustainability. Initiatives like the Circular Peterborough Commitment and Share Peterborough resource sharing platform for businesses are all contributing to helping Peterborough, and its businesses, become waste free by 2050! To help us stay on track, we’ve created our very own circular city roadmap to help us measure progress and adapt our future plans.

Our Future Circular Cities Conference 2019 helped us facilitate even more collaboration opportunities with like-minded cities and regions that want to achieve a fully circular economy.

Highlights of our international talks and coverage

Our achievements and ambitious plans continue to put Peterborough into the international spotlight.

Critical to this success has been the £30 million full-fibre gigabit network in place across the city, and buy-in from businesses who are maximising the lifespan of resources, tracing materials as they circulate in the economy, finding new ways to use waste, and ultimately, reducing our reliance on raw materials.

These initiatives are all delivered as part of the Future Peterborough programme, run jointly by Peterborough City Council and the city’s economic development company, Opportunity Peterborough, bringing together the private and public sectors to achieve maximum impact.

Peterborough City Council has committed to make its activities carbon neutral by 2030, and as part of the Future Peterborough programme, businesses making similar commitments are receiving hands-on support to make real change.

Most recently, the Peterborough Integrated Renewables Infrastructure project (PIRI) has launched with ambitions to create the largest smart city-wide, low carbon energy system in the UK. The two year project is funded by UK Research and Innovation, alongside corporate investment, and is being run by Peterborough City Council, in partnership with SSE Enterprise, Element Energy, Cranfield University, Smarter Grid Solutions and Sweco UK.

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Smart City leader

In partnership with the British Standards Institute (BSI) and UrbanDNA, we developed a DFID-funded Smart City Leadership Programme which we’ve successfully delivered in the Indian city of Amaravati and for the state of Madhya Pradesh, with more cities in other continents set to adopt the programme very soon! We’ve also played a central role in developing smart city standards, providing a blueprint for new and existing cities to maximise resident wellbeing, optimise growth and use smart technology to efficiently use public resources.

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collaboration

A variety of programmes are supporting change at grass-roots level. We’re working in partnership with international organisations like the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and British Standards Institute (BSI), as well as local one like Peterborough Environmental City Trust (PECT), founders of Investors in the Environment. Our Future Peterborough team is also collaborating with over 40 international partners on the European funded GrowIN 4.0 programme to help small and medium sized manufacturers digitise their processes.

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Next Steps...

To find out more about what Peterborough has to offer, talk to Opportunity Peterborough