Discover Peterborough’s Smart City credentials at the 2019 Smart City Summit & Expo in Taipei

Discover Peterborough’s Smart City credentials at the 2019 Smart City Summit & Expo in Taipei

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.

Peterborough’s impact:

  • 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.
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National award final for city’s sharing platform

National award final for city’s sharing platform

A nation­al award could be on the cards for a resource shar­ing plat­form that is help­ing organ­isa­tions across Peter­bor­ough make bet­ter use of resources and reduce waste.

Share Peter­bor­ough, which was launched last Novem­ber by the Future Peter­bor­ough pro­gram­me, is in the run­ning to win the Envir­on­ment­al Ser­vices cat­egory at the Loc­al Gov­ern­ment Chron­icle (LGC) Awards 2018.

The Future Peter­bor­ough pro­gram­me is run jointly by eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment agency Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough and Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil. Share Peter­bor­ough is part of the programme’s work to cre­ate a Cir­cu­lar Eco­nomy in the city; redu­cing reli­ance on raw mater­i­als by keep­ing resources in the eco­nomy for as long as pos­sible. Examples include list­ing old office fur­niture free of charge, reusing or repur­pos­ing old equip­ment, like mak­ing bags from old cof­fee sacks, right through to mak­ing stale bread avail­able for brew­ing beer!

The LGC Awards are the biggest cel­eb­ra­tion of excel­lence in loc­al gov­ern­ment across the sec­tor, from health and hous­ing through to busi­ness trans­form­a­tion.

Fol­low­ing a present­a­tion to a judging pan­el in Janu­ary, the team will find out if they have won on the awards night of 21 March 2018.

Steve Bow­yer, chief exec­ut­ive of Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough said, “Share Peter­bor­ough was set up with a very clear pur­pose – to help busi­nesses use their resources more effi­ciently. There’s been fant­ast­ic engage­ment from loc­al organ­isa­tions who are now using the plat­form to make sure they make the most of their skills, products and resources.”

Peterborough named one of the UK’s top Smart Cities

Peterborough named one of the UK’s top Smart Cities

Peter­bor­ough has been named as one of the UK’s top 10 lead­ing Smart Cit­ies in a report pub­lished last week (com­men­cing 23 Octo­ber).

The Future Peter­bor­ough pro­ject, run by Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough in part­ner­ship with Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil, was given spe­cial recog­ni­tion for its unique approach to sus­tain­ab­il­ity and its approach to cre­at­ing cir­cu­lar eco­nomy which aims to reduce waste and reli­ance on raw mater­i­als.

With cit­ies look­ing to become more resi­li­ent and sus­tain­able, Smart City pro­jects like Future Peter­bor­ough have been her­al­ded for play­ing a key role in over­com­ing some of the biggest chal­lenges facing the coun­try and its com­munit­ies.

Smart Cit­ies aim to integ­rate digit­al, social, eco­nom­ic and envir­on­ment­al sys­tems to improve ser­vices, effi­ciency and sus­tain­ab­il­ity. The research and rank­ing pub­lished by glob­al inform­a­tion and com­mu­nic­a­tions com­pany, Hua­wei, assessed the UK’s top 20 Smart Cit­ies’ achieve­ments in each of these areas as well as for their over­all vis­ion.

Peter­bor­ough scored highest for its Smart City strategy and also received the index’s Star Award 2017 for innov­a­tion in sus­tain­ab­il­ity. The final rank­ing for Peter­bor­ough placed it higher than Cam­bridge, which came in at tenth, and the likes of Oxford, Edin­burgh, Shef­field and Liv­er­pool.

One high­light drawn from Peterborough’s Smart City achieve­ments included the Cir­cu­lar City ini­ti­at­ive which was com­men­ded as an import­ant and unique per­spect­ive on innov­a­tion. The Cir­cu­lar City work aims to reduce waste and reli­ance on raw mater­i­als by keep­ing resources cir­cu­lat­ing with­in the eco­nomy for as long as pos­sible.

Spe­cial praise was also given to Share Peter­bor­ough, the resource shar­ing plat­form which was launched in Novem­ber 2016. Scaled-up from ori­gin­ally focus­ing on the Fengate area, Share Peter­bor­ough now has over 200 com­pan­ies registered as mem­bers so they can make bet­ter use of under­used resources across the city. Examples include leftover bread that could be used for brew­ing to provid­ing desk fans for hos­pices free of charge.

Peterborough’s Inter­net of Things (IoT) based sus­tain­able drain­age pro­gram­me was also high­lighted as one of the city’s top achieve­ments. By integ­rat­ing data from rising river levels with intern­al sys­tems at the City Coun­cil, there is a more intel­li­gent under­stand­ing of rising river levels, allow­ing for more rap­id and effect­ive inter­ven­tions to be put in place.

Steve Bow­yer, chief exec­ut­ive at Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough said, “It’s great to see Peter­bor­ough recog­nised for its efforts to cre­ate a bet­ter city for its cit­izens and busi­nesses. Our pos­i­tion in the index reflects that whil­st we look for solu­tions that might be empowered we don’t look just at digit­ally led answers: we want to cre­ate a ‘future Peter­bor­ough’ rather than a ‘futur­ist­ic’ city which is resi­li­ent and sus­tain­able, and a great place to live, work and invest.”

Cllr Peter Hiller, Cab­in­et Mem­ber for Growth, Plan­ning, Hous­ing and Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment at Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil said, “See­ing Peter­bor­ough retain a prom­in­ent pos­i­tion with­in the UK’s top Smart Cit­ies, fin­ish­ing higher than the likes of Cam­bridge and Oxford, is a real test­a­ment to just how much the Future Peter­bor­ough team has achieved. As the report points out, it’s vital for Smart City pro­jects to have act­ive sup­port from loc­al author­it­ies in order to achieve the best out­comes for every­one. Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil will con­tin­ue to sup­port the work of the Future Peter­bor­ough team to ensure we can enhance as many ser­vices as pos­sible.”

To read the full report, vis­it: http://e.huawei.com/uk/marketing-material/onLineView?MaterialID={A81CFA81-C7A8-4E8F-A088-963C7E73F3CC}

To find out more about the Future Peter­bor­ough pro­ject, vis­it: www.futurepeterborough.com

Businesses Discuss Peterborough’s Circular Future

Businesses Discuss Peterborough’s Circular Future

Over 40 busi­ness del­eg­ates from organ­isa­tions across Peter­bor­ough have helped to define how the city can meas­ure its pro­gress towards cre­at­ing a Cir­cu­lar Eco­nomy.

By adopt­ing cir­cu­lar eco­nom­ic prin­ciples, the Depart­ment for Envir­on­ment, Food and Rur­al Affairs (DEFRA) cal­cu­lates that UK busi­nesses could bene­fit by up to £23 bil­lion per year through low cost or no cost improve­ments in the effi­cient use of resources.[1]

Facil­it­ated by the Future Peter­bor­ough pro­gram­me, dis­cus­sions at a recent work­shop centred around how the city and organ­isa­tions could improve under­stand­ing, facil­it­ate change and chart suc­cess with­in the 7 Rs — rethink, redesign, repair, reuse, reman­u­fac­ture, recycle and recov­er products and ser­vices. These are the sev­en pil­lars that form the found­a­tion of the Cir­cu­lar Peter­bor­ough Com­mit­ment.

This Com­mit­ment has set out the city’s approach to cre­at­ing a Cir­cu­lar Peter­bor­ough and is a Future Peter­bor­ough ini­ti­at­ive delivered by Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough and Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil. Devel­op­ing a Cir­cu­lar Eco­nomy means encour­aging col­lab­or­a­tion across the city to max­im­ise the life­cycle of products and ser­vices, help­ing organ­isa­tions save money by redu­cing waste, envir­on­ment­al impact and reli­ance on raw mater­i­als and nat­ur­al resources, whil­st mak­ing bet­ter use of our resources, mater­i­als, products, prop­er­ty and people.

Organ­isa­tions that took part in the work­shop included Queens­gate, Skanska, Allia, Per­kins, Cross Keys Homes, Wal­ters and AECOM.

Examples of pro­jects that con­trib­ute towards a cir­cu­lar eco­nomy that are already under­way in Peter­bor­ough include:

  • Cross Keys Homes’ Food Cycle pro­ject which uses excess food from loc­al super­mar­kets and stores to com­bat food pover­ty.
  • Share Peter­bor­ough, a free busi­ness to busi­ness online shar­ing plat­form that is help­ing organ­isa­tions in the city to share resources.
  • Regen­er­a­tion work at the Rail­world Wild­life Haven reused and repur­posed items – like using scrap metal pipes to build hand­rails and old aque­ducts to cre­ate walk­ways.

Del­eg­ates were joined by The Ellen MacAr­thur Found­a­tion, a glob­al thought-lead­ing char­ity work­ing with decision makers in busi­ness, gov­ern­ment and aca­demia to drive the cir­cu­lar eco­nomy agenda. Peter­bor­ough is part of the Foundation’s exclus­ive Cir­cu­lar Cit­ies Net­work which includes New York, Rio de Janeiro and Copen­ha­gen.

Julia Vol, Port­fo­lio Man­ager from the Ellen MacAr­thur Found­a­tion said, “It was inspir­ing to see how a small city such as Peter­bor­ough is tak­ing big steps to intro­duce a cir­cu­lar eco­nomy approach, look­ing to strengthen the loc­al busi­ness com­munity and improve qual­ity of life for the city’s res­id­ents.”

Steve Bow­yer, Chief Exec­ut­ive of Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough said, “The work­shop has provided some prac­tic­al steps for the Future Peter­bor­ough team in how we meas­ure the city’s pro­gress towards cre­at­ing a Cir­cu­lar Peter­bor­ough and we’re grate­ful to all the busi­nesses, and organ­isa­tions such as the Ellen MacAr­thur Found­a­tion, who con­trib­uted their time and expert­ise.

Hav­ing a cir­cu­lar eco­nomy could save busi­nesses thou­sands of pounds by max­im­ising their use of resources whil­st sig­ni­fic­antly improv­ing busi­ness effi­ciency and redu­cing envir­on­ment­al impact. Organ­isa­tions may already be doing a lot with­in the 7Rs and we want to build on the expert­ise and good prac­tice already in place with­in Peter­bor­ough to max­im­ise oppor­tun­it­ies.”

[1] http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/wraps-vision-uk-circular-economy-2020

Local resource sharing platform for businesses reaches milestone registration

Local resource sharing platform for businesses reaches milestone registration

The UK’s first busi­ness to busi­ness resource shar­ing plat­form to be developed by a city, Share Peter­bor­ough, is cel­eb­rat­ing its 100th regis­tra­tion.

The eclectic mix of busi­nesses means that among­st the first 100 mem­bers are inter­na­tion­al brands like Coca-Cola European Part­ners and Skanska, loc­al busi­nesses Ser­pent­ine Green and Rawl­in­sons Soli­cit­ors, and char­it­ies like Thorpe Hall Hos­pice and Rail­world Wild­life Haven.

Developed jointly and launched in Decem­ber by Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough and Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil, Share Peter­bor­ough has received keen interest from the city’s busi­ness com­munity who can use it free of charge to share their resources that are either no longer needed or are under-util­ised.

 Bread for Brew­ing and tele­phone sys­tems are among­st the grow­ing num­ber of products, skills and places becom­ing avail­able on the new shar­ing plat­form:

  • Excess bread for brew­ing from Cross Keys Homes’ Food Cycle hub in Peter­bor­ough which aims to use food waste to com­bat food pover­ty. Tak­ing inspir­a­tion from oth­er cit­ies facing sim­il­ar chal­lenges, like Glas­gow, the organ­isa­tion is look­ing for a micro-brew­ery to use the sur­plus bread to brew beer.
  • A com­plete tele­phone sys­tem includ­ing phones, head­sets and com­puter screens, lis­ted by Coca-Cola, avail­able in return for a dona­tion to their chosen char­ity.
  • Meet­ing spaces with­in the city. As an example, Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough took up an offer from Peter­bor­ough Region­al Col­lege to share their con­fer­ence space for the Future Peter­bor­ough team to deliv­er a free work­shop in March.

The plat­form was developed as part of the Future Peter­bor­ough pro­gram­me, run by eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment com­pany, Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough and Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil. Share Peter­bor­ough aims to help develop a cir­cu­lar eco­nomy with­in the city, by allow­ing organ­isa­tions to reduce waste, find new uses for items they no longer need and ensure the their resources are used to max­im­um capa­city.

Steve Bow­yer, Chief Exec­ut­ive at Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough said, “There are so many resources avail­able in Peter­bor­ough but, until now, the biggest chal­lenge has been how to make these resources avail­able to oth­er organ­isa­tions, rather than wasted.

Share Peter­bor­ough is really help­ing to stim­u­late col­lab­or­a­tion, sav­ing busi­nesses time and money by ensur­ing they avoid waste by max­im­iz­ing the use of all kinds of resources.”

To find out more about Share Peter­bor­ough and to register your busi­ness for free, vis­it: www.sharepeterborough.com