The growing success of Circular Peterborough
The Circular Peterborough programme continues to strengthen, with the initiative recently included in the World Economic Forum’s report on Circular Economy in Cities.
The programme’s collaborative approach, engaging with a wide range of stakeholders across sectors, was highlighted as an example of best practice internationally. This collaborative approach remains at the heart of the programme, with the Future Peterborough team running a series of workshops to co-create demonstration projects to be included in Peterborough’s Circular City Roadmap.
This Roadmap will provide a short term action plan to direct the city’s progress to ensuring that by 2050 Peterborough is operating as a truly circular city: maximising the full potential of its resources and reconnecting people, places, businesses, organisations and communities.
The most recent workshop in this series was held on 13 March 2018, with a wide range of organisations from across the manufacturing sector. Over 40 delegates heard about the latest sustainable innovations in their industry with talks from Perkins Engines, the European Remanufacturing Council and the Institution of Engineering & Technology. Organisations attending the workshop included Toshiba, NatWest, Kingsley Beverages, Plextex, EnerTherm Engineering, Omega Foundry Machinery, University Centre Peterborough and Cranfield University.
Attendees delved deeper into a range of challenges identified in group break-out sessions and, with the help of a range of experts in the room, started applying circular economy thinking to address them. Challenges related to engaging key decision makers, finding the right skills in the local economy and financing the transition towards more sustainable and circular business models.
Next steps will involve the Future Peterborough team using the insights from the workshop to develop projects and tools that can support local businesses to innovate, become more sustainable and achieve economic benefits.
If you’d like to pledge your support to the internationally recognised Circular Peterborough initiative, please email firstname.lastname@example.org