Peterborough wins Smart City of the Year 2015

by | Nov 20, 2015 | Cir­cu­lar eco­nomy, Events, Smart cit­ies

Peter­bor­ough has been named Smart City of the Year 2015 at a glit­ter­ing awards cere­mony in Bar­celona this week, atten­ded by busi­ness del­eg­ates, entre­pren­eurs and city rep­res­ent­at­ives from around the world.

The World Smart City Con­gress is the key annu­al event for smart cit­ies organ­ised by Fira de Bar­celona. The awards were presen­ted on 18th Novem­ber at a cere­mony atten­ded by rep­res­ent­at­ives of the cit­ies and com­pan­ies short­l­is­ted in four cat­egor­ies, includ­ing Smart City of the Year. The Bar­celona-based con­gress worked with 7 inter­na­tion­al experts to eval­u­ate 265 entries from 52 coun­tries.

Short­l­is­ted cit­ies in the Smart City of the Year 2015 included Moscow and Dubai, but judges were impressed with Peterborough’s com­mit­ment to becom­ing the UK’s first cir­cu­lar city and its envir­on­ment cap­it­al vis­ion. Peterborough’s col­lab­or­at­ive approach to cit­izen involve­ment, also con­vinced the awards jury that Peter­bor­ough should win the award.

Delivered by Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil and eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment com­pany, Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough, the Peter­bor­ough DNA Smart City pro­gram­me focuses on growth, innov­a­tion, skills and sus­tain­ab­il­ity with the goal of integ­rat­ing city ser­vices and sys­tems to make Peter­bor­ough a bet­ter place to live and work.

Steve Bow­yer, Chief Exec­ut­ive of Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough and Dir­ect­or of the Peter­bor­ough DNA pro­gram­me, said: “This award puts Peter­bor­ough well and truly on the inter­na­tion­al stage and pos­i­tions us as a thought lead­er in smart and future city think­ing. This is a huge trib­ute to all the people involved in the pro­ject and to the busi­nesses and cit­izens of Peter­bor­ough”.

Coun­cil­lor John Holdi­ch, Lead­er of Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil, said: “This is a fant­ast­ic achieve­ment for every­one involved and for the city of Peter­bor­ough.”