Peter Harper BSc., FHEA, FRSA
Peter Harper worked at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) for over 25 years, 13 years as Head of CAT’s Research and Innovation department. Peter was a pioneer of the alternative technology movement – coining the term in 1972 – and is still very much a part of it. While at CAT he combined writing, teaching and research in many fields, including horticulture, waste treatment, carbon accounting, sustainable development and environmental history.
For the last decade he has worked with the Zero Carbon Britain project, focusing on the large-scale infrastructural changes required for rapid decarbonisation, resulting in the publication of Zero Carbon Britain 2030.
He has created a series of ‘fingerprint’ carbon calculators, including one used by the Open University. He carries out carbon audits with political bite, for organisations, events and households.
Having a background in biology, Peter has maintained a strong interest in land-use, food and wildlife. He has developed a new quantitative paradigm for low-carbon land use, with many implications for food and land in the UK. In 1995 he published The Natural Garden Book, and keeps his hand in by running an allotment as a test-ground for Old Wives Tales. He manages a wildflower meadow using only a scythe and a hay-rake. He recently won a competition to design a 3-acre insect-friendly garden for the Royal Entomological Society.
Peter has published extensively and presented worldwide. He is currently a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Bath, teaching Sustainability in the Department of Natural Sciences. His web site can be found at www.peterharper.org.