Peterborough was named Smart City 2015 at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona this week in recognition of it’s commitment to applying a circular economy model to the city and to becoming the UK’s ‘Environment Capital.’
A jury of seven international experts evaluated the 265 candidates from 52 countries and chose the projects that most stood out for their endeavours to transform both their cities and the services offered to their citizens in the most innovative and sustainable way. Other shortlisted cities included Buenos Aires, Dubai and Moscow.
The Peterborough DNA Smart City programme is delivered by economic development company, Opportunity Peterborough, a private not-for- profit company owned by Peterborough City Council. The programme focuses on growth, innovation, skills and sustainability with the goal of making Peterborough a better place to invest, work and live.
Steve Bowyer, Chief Executive of Opportunity Peterborough and Director of the Peterborough DNA programme, said: “This award puts Peterborough well and truly on the international stage and positions us as a thought leader in smart and future city thinking. This is a huge tribute to all the people involved in the project and to the businesses and citizens of Peterborough”.
Leader of Peterborough City Council, Councillor John Holdich, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for everyone involved and for the city of Peterborough.
“The city is full of innovative SMEs and the Peterborough DNA Smart City programme supports and encourages them to work together to take advantage of new technologies and new thinking to drive growth, sustainability and prosperity.”
The winners of other awards included the Hebei Digital Education Centre in the city of Shijiazhuang (Hebei province, China) and Findeter, a bank for developing sustainable infrastructures in Columbia. Findeter won the Innovative Initiative category and currently has 1,838 projects ongoing in 320 municipalities in areas such as housing, transport infrastructures and the promotion of technology. It anticipates investing more than $10 billion over the next four years to improve public services and boost the region’s economy.The Hebei Digital Education Centre won the Project category for its commitment to modernizing education through community learning and the development of new tools based on Big Data analysis.
For more information on Peterborough’s smart city initiative, please visit http://www.opportunitypeterborough.co.uk/