The potential for Peterborough to
become a major international centre for businesses and other organisations which
specialise in the research and development of environmental technologies will be
explored at a seminar in the city next month (Friday 19 May).
The speakers - including academics,
government officials and representatives from business and environmental groups
- will explain how Peterborough has already developed a cluster of environmental
organisations which could provide the foundation for a much bigger concentration
of leading-edge technology companies.
Jonathan Selwyn, director of the UK
Centre for Economic and Environmental Development (UK CEED) which is organising
the seminar, said: "The development of technological solutions to
environmental problems has become a major growth industry.
"Peterborough already has a
cluster of environmental organisations and has the potential to become an
internationally important research and manufacturing centre for the
environmental industry sector. The government wants each UK region to identify
and exploit its potential to develop a cluster of industry-specific companies
and I believe Peterborough's environmental credentials could make it a
"We have seen the development
of information technology and bioscience clusters in places such as Cambridge.
Now we have an opportunity to build on Peterborough's reputation for
environmental excellence to attract inward investment, stimulate economic
development and create new jobs."
"We can do that by forging
stronger links between industry, environmental bodies, the regulatory
authorities and further education colleges."
UK CEED - an independent non-profit
foundation specialising in environmental research, strategy development and
project implementation - moved to Peterborough at the beginning of this year
because of the city's environmental cluster.
Peterborough was awarded Environment
City status in 1993 following which the city council was instrumental in
creating Peterborough Environment City Trust to spearhead the adoption of
'green' policies by all sectors of the local community.
The city is also home to several
consultancies which offer specialist environmental services and other
environmental organisations such as English Nature, the Joint Nature
Conservation Committee and the Environment Agency's regional office.
The seminar is entitled 'Green
business clusters - Positioning Peterborough's environmental sector at the heart
of the regional and national economy'. It will be held at Peterborough Town Hall
and opened by city MP Helen Brinton.
Among the speakers will be:
Professor Peter James, visiting professor in environmental management at
Bradford University; Professor Richard Stevens, director of business
competitiveness at the Government Office for the East of England; Matthew
Rayment, head of the economics section at the Royal Society for the Protection
of Birds; Richard Donoyou, director of Peterborough Environment City Trust; and
a representative from Anglian Water.