Perth West: A Catalyst for Change to Reach Net Zero
Perth West is a unique proposition to integrate low carbon innovation within a single urban development for the transition to net zero.
Perth West is a unique proposition to integrate low carbon innovation within a single urban development and aims to be a catalyst for the transition to net zero in the UK.
Boasting a reputation for excellence in renewable energies, local energy systems, low carbon transport and waste management, Perth’s ambition is to become one of Europe’s most sustainable small cities.
As the flagship project in this goal, Perth West aims to be an exemplar project for the UK. Public demand for active travel options and a better work-life balance is far ahead of current provision. Perth West will deliver skilled jobs in the fastest-growing sector of our economy while also enabling a rethink of the way we live and move around.
A PKC spokesperson commented, “Perth West offers a strategic opportunity for purpose-driven investors and corporates to co-create a residential and commercial net-zero exemplar generating long-term and sustainable benefits.
“Driving business and place innovation in energy and mobility, it will facilitate a rethink of the way we live and move around cities, because it has been developed specifically with sustainability at its core.
“The project will contribute to three of the Ten Points Plan for a green industrial revolution as it aims to develop greener buildings, decarbonise private and commercial transport, and increase green public transport, cycling and walking.”
To deliver a project that will align Perth and Kinross Council’s Climate Emergency Action Plan with government targets for sustainable development, requires a model that fosters collaboration between the public and private sectors, with support from academic research. This will ensure the facilitation of private investment, public benefit and future infrastructure.
As such, the local authority has entered a Memorandum of Understanding with the landowner and project promoter and formed a delivery board which will draw in expertise from private sector, universities and government agencies.
The Perth West development comprises:
• The Perth Innovation Highway connecting smart city mobility and full fibre strategies with renewable energy sources
• The Perth Eco Innovation Park with facilities over 25 hectares for advanced logistics, smart energy systems, and a Living Lab centre to host academic research
• The DR.ECO solar park connecting 20MW of solar energy into smart grid networks serving the development
• The Lamberkin Villages centred around community mobility hubs to promote active travel and wellbeing through blue-green infrastructure and the promotion of the 20-minute neighbourhood.