Story Maps are a web-based application for sharing maps alongside narrative text and other multimedia content. Follow this link to see the new story map that is currently being developed for the PIRI project.

PIRI Story Map

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) and Nesta investigated homeowners’ willingness to pay for heat pumps. Results from a sample of  1,801 UK homeowners (who currently heat their homes with a gas boiler) showed approximately 25% might be willing to pay the full current cost of heat pumps (noting that not all would necessarily complete the purchase in real life). The researchers summarised that although the potential for early adopters to pay gave cause for optimism, cost remained a major barrier to widespread  adoption of heat pumps which need to be in reach and appealing to those less willing to pay a premium.

Read more about the research here:

A new Innovate UK report “Accelerating Net Zero Delivery – Unlocking the benefits of climate action in UK city-regions” explores the economic and social value of locally tailored approaches. The report compares the benefits of place-specific and place-agnostic approaches and shows better outcomes when places tailor their net zero delivery to the needs and opportunities of the area. The report highlights relatively higher per capita transport emission in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough compared to the other city-regions considered and that participants in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough felt policies still prioritised cars over active travel or public transport.

Read the report here:

Energy Systems Catapult invite Peterborough City Council residents to vote on zero carbon. – an online consultation tool for residents to vote on which type of low carbon heating they may want in their homes – is being launched in Peterborough. 

The results will inform the Local Area Energy Plan for Peterborough, which is targeting Net Zero carbon emissions by 2030.

The vote is open for four weeks until 28th February.

Vote here:

Projects from Prospering from the Energy Revolution (PfER), a UKRI Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund programme, aim to help move towards the goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 by utilising the potential of smart, integrated local energy systems which use the latest advances in electric vehicles, renewable generation, batteries and digital data technology. These systems have the potential to bring cleaner, cheaper, more efficient energy to our communities and to build local jobs and prosperity.

Read more about what PIRI and other projects are doing in this recent publication by UKRI

The PIRI project team were there to meet the COP26 electric bus when it stopped in Peterborough’s Cathedral Square on its way to the Glasgow summit in October as part of a national tour of green energy projects. Read more about it here:

New Civil Engineer is the monthly magazine for members of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). In this article, published in May 2021, NCE speak with Tanja Groth, Sweco’s lead on the project, to discuss the benefits of the “multi-vector approach” to the PIRI project. Please follow the link for the full article:

In collaboration with Futurum Careers, PIRI has developed a new teaching resource for 14 to 19-year-olds (secondary, high schools, and college) that endeavours to engage young people in the need for decarbonising energy supply as well as the concept and role of integrated renewable energy projects (like PIRI) in a low or zero carbon future. Included is an article and accompanying activity sheet that can be used in the classroom, STEM club, or at home. This resource contains an interview with people involved in PIRI and allows students to submit questions to them. The activity sheet provides ‘talking points’ to prompt students to reflect on PIRI, and challenges them to devise their own sustainable development project.

This resource can downloaded at the following locations:

This resource was produced by Futurum Careers, a free online resource and magazine aimed at encouraging 14-19-year-olds worldwide to pursue careers in science, tech, engineering, maths, medicine (STEM) and social sciences, humanities and the arts for people and the economy (SHAPE). For more information, teaching resources, and course and career guides, see

The vector map shows the current study boundary and potential extension area; possible EV locations & car parks; sites with potential demand for heat scheme connections and areas where photo-voltaic generation could be located.

Explore the map and options by selecting the full screen button [ ].

Three months into the project the PIRI team delivered a COVID19 beating online launch event. July 23rd saw an invited audience of more than 50 delegates and team members attended a series of presentations and video clips from leading government and industry representatives in the sector including; Neil Kirkby – CEO for SSE Enterprise, Rob Saunders – Head of Zero Carbon Programme Lead at Innovate UK, and Peterborough City Councillor Marco Cereste. A Q&A panel of project team members answered questions online and the meeting closed with a link to the PIRI web site. The full event can be found at the PIRIenergy YouTube channel 

Watch the videos