City businesses commit to creating a Circular Economy by 2050
City organisations including Royal Haskoning DHV, Skanska, Viridor and Coca Cola, Free Thinking, I3 Media and Railworld, today attended a signing ceremony committing support to create a Circular Peterborough by 2050.
Circular Peterborough, a Future Peterborough initiative, delivered by Opportunity Peterborough and Peterborough City Council, encourages collaborative working across the city to maximise the lifecycle of products and services, driving greater resource productivity, reducing environmental impact and addressing declining natural resource issues in the future.
The Circular Peterborough Commitment sets out an approach: rethinking; redesigning; repairing; repurposing, reusing and sharing; remanufacturing; recycling and recovering products and services – the 7 Rs which enables the city to make the most of local resources, support economic resilience, develop strong communities and increase environmental sustainability. Organisations who have signed the commitment are actively involved in developing pilot projects and initiatives which encourage a more sustainable approach to business in our city.
Steve Bowyer, Chief Executive of Opportunity Peterborough and Project Director of the Future Cities Programme said ‘Put simply, if we continue to use resources at the current rate, we will need three planets worth to support future generations. Creating a circular economy here in Peterborough starts at grassroots with city businesses committing to rethink the way they operate’.
Paul Rowland, Regional Manager for Viridor added of the commitment: “Peterborough is at the forefront of developing a more resource efficient UK. As a city we must look to reduce the amount of waste we produce, recycle as much as possible and then at the Energy Recovery Facility we work closely with Peterborough City Council to transform what residents throw away in their bins into powering homes in the city along with supporting local businesses to divert waste away from landfill. By committing to the Circular Peterborough initiative we will be able to support the City as it grows in the future developing a more resilient and successful place to live.”