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Peterborough Aims to be International Environment Centre

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 world-leader.

"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.

April 2000




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