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