IKEA, the National Institute for Agricultural Botany (NIAB), and innovative start-up Agri-Grub, will be sharing how sustainability could help SMEs save money, boost productivity and become more resilient after COVID19 at a free webinar organised by Opportunity Peterborough in October.
The event will help SMEs get more value from their resources, and even find new uses for waste streams through the concept of circular economy. The circular economy aims to move society away from the ‘take-make-dispose’ model — where raw materials are collected, transformed into products, and discarded as waste — into one where resources are used for as long as possible and productive uses are found for waste streams.
This event is being run by the Circular Peterborough team at Opportunity Peterborough which runs the city’s circular economy programme in partnership with Peterborough City Council. The team works with businesses of all sizes, but in response to COVID-19 recovery, the workshop will be for SMEs.
Delegates will hear from businesses in the area who have benefitted from adopting circular principles, and some of the commercial opportunities for waste streams:
- Start-up, Agri-Grub, which is turning AM FRESH’s waste fruit into protein and pest control
- IKEA is reusing, repurposing, and recovering materials.
- the National Institute of Agricultural Botany will also discuss how plant resources could provide renewable materials to businesses across all sectors to reduce the use of plastic and non-biodegradable materials.
There will also be time for delegates to discuss how their businesses could use circular economy principles, and the opportunities and barriers they may face. The Circular Peterborough team will use the feedback to adapt city level strategies and to tailor long term one-to-one business support for delegates.
Tom Hennessy, chief executive of Opportunity Peterborough said, “COVID-19 created huge disruption across supply chains, and has really tested business’ resilience. We want to rebuild the economy quickly, but we also want to keep this growth sustainable. With the circular economy, we can help businesses improve their operations while also protecting our environment.
“Any SME is welcome to attend, whether they’re new to the circular economy concept, already planning to make changes, or are looking for extra inspiration on their circular journey.”
The webinar will run 10.30am-12.00pm online on 14 October 2020. Delegates will receive a link directly. For event and registration details visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/going-circular-how-sustainability-can-boost-business-growth-after-covid19-tickets-121711017931
- Low carbon, smart energy scheme in Peterborough aims to deliver a significant drop in CO2 emissions by 2030, while cutting energy bills by up to a quarter.
- Scheme could be rolled out to other UK towns and cities to help UK achieve its Net Zero ambitions
- Project is being led by Peterborough City Council, whose partners include SSE Enterprise, Element Energy, Cranfield University, Smarter Grid Solutions and Sweco UK.
Today (23rd July 2020), sees the launch of plans for the largest smart city-wide, low carbon energy system in the UK.
Launched at an online event, Peterborough Integrated Renewables Infrastructure project (PIRI) aims to deliver a significant drop in CO2 emissions by 2030, while cutting energy bills by up to a quarter. Peterborough is one of the fastest growing cities in the UK and is facing a significant increase in energy demand as the city continues to grow.
The two-year project has been granted funding from UK Research and Innovation, alongside corporate investment, to design a low carbon, smart energy system for the city. The partnership includes Peterborough City Council, SSE Enterprise, Element Energy, Cranfield University, Smarter Grid Solutions and Sweco UK.
PIRI combines a next generation heat network, electricity network and electric vehicle infrastructure under one smart holistic scheme. If successful, the scheme could be rolled out to other cities and towns, to help the UK realise its ambitions of Net Zero by 2050.
The project over the next two years will deliver cleaner, cheaper energy and the benefits of the scheme include:
- Locally produced, cleaner energy and heat from waste and with services being low carbon driven
- Multi-utility infrastructure delivery, meaning lower costs and lower bills for consumers
- Integrated billing and service for heat, electricity and mobility (such as electric vehicle charging) so customers can benefit
- Low carbon technology made available at cost-effective connection cost
- Transparent tariff setting will generate long-term savings for local authorities
The PIRI project brings together energy generation, demand and storage, thereby unlocking efficiencies not deliverable under existing, traditional energy systems. It is envisaged to be especially effective in areas where the electricity network is constrained; as well serving as a blueprint for other urban locations across the UK.
Elliot Smith, PIRI Programme Lead at Peterborough City Council, explains; “This is a highly innovative project — one of the most ambitious nationally and one which could become the most significant in the UK’s transition to low carbon infrastructure. For Peterborough, it has substantial benefits and supports the sustainable growth of the city.”
Professor Philip Longhurst, Head of the Centre for Climate and Environment Protection at Cranfield University, said: “For the UK to achieve its ambitions of Net Zero, we are going to have to do things differently. These plans announced today for the PIRI project show how local low carbon, smart energy systems could be used across the UK for the benefit of both the environment and consumers. At Cranfield, we pride ourselves on the practical
application of our low carbon technology research and our close links with industry, PIRI is a fantastic example of that in action.”
Neil Kirkby, Managing Director of SSE Enterprise, said: “SSE Enterprise sees PIRI as a progressive project that will showcase the potential of smart urban energy systems and help drive local decarbonisation in a commercially viable manner. It builds on the ‘whole system approach’ that our distributed energy business offers; where we look to integrate different energy elements into one investable solution and thereby make savings for customers. As PIRI develops we’ll be able to show how city living and regeneration can be enhanced and we expect this project to serve as a blueprint for other urban locations across the UK.”
Dr Tanja Groth, Director of Urban Energy at Sweco UK, said “To maximise benefits to consumers and businesses while addressing the climate emergency we need to move away from incremental improvements to isolated energy segments and instead move towards transformational change to the whole energy system. PIRI is applying best-practice innovation in a city-scale energy regeneration project, demonstrating that this approach not only delivers aggressive reductions in carbon but provides resilience, lowers consumer energy costs and provides wider societal benefits such as improved local air quality, more efficient use of local resources and stimulates the local economy.”
Shane Slater, Element Energy’s founding director and Smart Energy Systems team leader, said: “Our future energy supply can be clean and cost-effective, but this comes with the key challenge of greater variability in renewable energy generation. Element is delighted to be part of PIRI, which will demonstrate how balancing energy supply with demand from a diverse range of users of heat, transport, and electricity in Peterborough, across day-to-day and seasonal variations, can deliver an efficient energy infrastructure that will be clean, secure and affordable for decades to come.”
Dr Graham Ault, Director at Smarter Grid Solutions, said, “Locally led solutions to the climate challenge are essential and the leadership and ambition being shown in Peterborough is exemplary. The design of smart, flexible, clean and decentralised energy systems is both challenging and a great opportunity. Our work across the UK, Europe and US is showing us the core role and high value of our software products for flexible, intelligent control of energy assets required in smart local energy systems. We welcome the opportunity to harness what we have learned about the management, grid integration and market interconnection of distributed energy resources and bring this to the design of the Peterborough system alongside all the project partners.”
Rob Saunders, UKRI — Challenge Director, leading the £100m ‘Prospering from the Energy Revolution programme’, said, “PIRI brings together a highly ambitious, forward –ooking city like Peterborough, with the best innovations in Smart Energy by one of the UK’s leading SMEs in this sector — Smart Grid Solutions, with the deep network experience of SSE, a combined knowledge of Cranfield University and Element Energy, and the delivery track record of a large organisation like Sweco. This project is set up really effectively, to be able to deliver this complex, system project.”
As one of the UK’s top Smart Cities, we’re delighted to be part of the UK government’s stand at the 2019 Smart City Summit and Expo in Taipei this week (26 – 29 March 2019).
Peterborough is among the UK’s top 5 fastest growing cities and we’re a hotbed of innovation with one of the highest business start-up rates in the country.
Our Future Peterborough team is dedicated to making sure our city works as efficiently as possible for businesses and residents. The Smart City Leadership Programme and Circular Economy initiatives are internationally respected for how they’ve improved Peterborough’s economic resilience and sustainability. We want to share what we’ve learnt with other cities and regions around the world to develop more best practice examples and support more cities on their smart city and circular economy journeys.
- Delivers a DFID-funded Smart City Leadership Programme for the Indian city of Amaravati and for the state of Madhya Pradesh
- Played a lead role in the development of British Standards Institute’s (BSI) suite of Smart City Standards
- Chair of the BSI’s Smart and Sustainable Cities Committee (SDS/2)
- A founder member of the Cities Standards Institute
- Attends the All Party Parliamentary Group on Smart Cities
- A member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Circular Cities Network
- The team has presented at over 50 international conferences and continues to acquire local, national and international media coverage peaking with the ‘World Smart City Award’ in 2015
A few of our achievements:
We’d love to tell you more about doing business in Peterborough and our Smart City and circular economy programmes.
Come and find us on stand i114.
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