Mayor of Peterborough to present Future City Clean Energy Award

Sep 20, 2013 | Events, Smart cit­ies

The May­or of Peter­bor­ough will present Pro­fess­or Jon Gib­bins with the Future City Clean Energy Award for his work on car­bon cap­ture and stor­age (CCS) at an open cere­mony on 14 Octo­ber at the Town Hall.

The Peter­bor­ough Future City Clean Energy Award, which is sup­por­ted by the ‘Peter­bor­ough DNA’ pro­ject, is designed to hon­our indi­vidu­als who have made out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to the devel­op­ment, imple­ment­a­tion and pro­mo­tion of clean energy tech­no­lo­gies. The win­ner was selec­ted fol­low­ing col­lab­or­a­tion between Cran­field Uni­ver­sity, Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil and Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough.

The award will be presen­ted by the May­or of Peter­bor­ough, Cllr June Stokes, at a free even­ing cere­mony tak­ing place at 18:00 on 14 Octo­ber in the Town Hall, which busi­nesses and res­id­ents are invited to attend. The event is designed for people who are inter­ested in learn­ing more about the latest green tech­no­lo­gies and impact of the future city demon­strat­or pro­gram­me on Peter­bor­ough. There will be an oppor­tun­ity to listen to inter­na­tion­ally renowned experts and to ask ques­tions about green tech­no­lo­gies and sus­tain­ab­il­ity.

The agenda will fea­ture addresses from the Lead­er of Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil, Coun­cil­lor Mar­co Cer­este, Steve Bow­yer from Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough, Prof. Sai Gu, Chair of Clean Energy Tech­no­lo­gies at Cran­field Uni­ver­sity, and a key­note speech by Prof. Jon Gib­bins.

Recip­i­ent of the 2013 award, Pro­fess­or Jon Gib­bins, has worked on coal and bio­mass gas­i­fic­a­tion and com­bus­tion for over 25 years, at Foster Wheel­er, Imper­i­al Col­lege and Uni­ver­sity of Edin­burgh and on car­bon cap­ture and stor­age (CCS) since 2002. CCS has been recog­nised as one of the only real­ist­ic ways to pre­vent dan­ger­ous cli­mate change whil­st we move towards a fully sus­tain­able future.

The Future City Clean Energy Award is sup­por­ted by the Future Cit­ies Demon­strat­or pro­gram­me ‘Peter­bor­ough DNA’. This £3mil­lion pro­gram­me was awar­ded to Peter­bor­ough by the Tech­no­logy Strategy Board to demon­strate how its loc­al sys­tems and ser­vices can be integ­rated for great­er bene­fit, and how new tech­no­lo­gies can be used to improve the city — from energy to edu­ca­tion, innov­a­tion to trans­port.

Steve Bow­yer, head of eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment at Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough and pro­gram­me dir­ect­or for Peter­bor­ough DNA, says, “Fun­da­ment­ally the Future Cit­ies Demon­strat­or pro­gram­me should drive our aspir­a­tions as a city and demon­strate the power of new tech­no­lo­gies: this award reflects that ambi­tion and we hope to be able to exploit some of the tech­no­lo­gies that Pro­fess­or Gib­bins has pro­moted to great­er effect through the pro­gram­me.”