When Peterborough was chosen as one of just four UK Future City Demonstrators in 2013, we immediately set about testing innovative ideas that would help the city work smarter and become more sustainable through the Peterborough DNA demonstrator phase.
Now, we’re scaling up the most effective projects through Future Peterborough.
Our achievements and ambitions have helped make Peterborough an international leader in circular economy and Smart City leadership. The Future Peterborough team has also been instrumental in establishing grass roots projects that use smart technology to improve quality of life for the city’s residents.
The Future Peterborough programme is delivered jointly by Opportunity Peterborough and Peterborough City Council.
The Circular Peterborough initiative aims to develop a fully circular economy in Peterborough by 2050. We’re one of the UK’s fastest growing cities but we don’t want our growth to negatively impact the environment.
Circular economy moves us away from the take-make-dispose model to one where resources are used to their full potential. In Peterborough, this concept is helping us eliminate waste, reduce our reliance on raw materials and find new uses for waste streams. so our growth doesn’t negatively impact the environment.
We’ve remained an influential circular economy figure with our Circular City Roadmap and maturity model setting out our long term plans. Our proactive approach includes workshops and conferences, our Circular Peterborough Commitment and our innovative sharing platform, Share Peterborough.
Our inclusive approach has set us apart from other cities and our achievements have been recognised by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the World Economic Forum and the Local Government Chronicle to name a few.
After winning the World Smart City title in 2015, Peterborough has gone on to share its Smart City expertise across the world. This cements Peterborough’s position as a leading smart city authority and helps open up international opportunities for local businesses.
Building on our Future City Demonstrator legacy, Peterborough has worked in partnership with the British Standards Institute and UrbanDNA to test and develop a Smart City Leadership Programme (SCLP). Cities will play a vital role in addressing societal challenges, and the SCLP is helping to unlock the potential of city leadership around the world so they can better facilitate and champion smart technology to improve public services and wellbeing.
Funding from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office has seen the programme delivered in India.
Peterborough will be one of the UK’s first fully gigabit cities with the rollout of CityFibre’s full-fibre-to-the-premises gigabit network. Working closely with Peterborough City Council, there is a push to share data transparently online, and to make use of the Internet of Things (IoT) to improve residential quality of life, improve resource allocation and identify vital savings for stretched public budgets.
Social housing provider, Cross Keys Homes, is one of the latest businesses to have conducted an IoT trial. The landlord worked with the Future Peterborough team to put together use cases for smart technology to improve resident wellbeing and reduce unneccessary costs. They then ran an IoT trial with CityFibre and Comms 365, installing sensors that would monitor humidity, condensation, heat and noise, as well as alerting staff to illegal parking. The findings have resulted in serious savings in staff time and maintenance costs for one of the city’s largest social landlords.