DE-Carbonise Project

The DE-Carbonise project has been created to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) increase their sustainability and save money by reducing energy costs and carbon emissions. The project is a collaboration between the University of Derby, Derby City and Derbyshire County Councils.

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Eligibility criteria

DE-Carbonise is a three year collaboration between the University of Derby, Derby City and Derbyshire County Councils that started in November 2019. The collaboration is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and follows on from the successful D2 Energy Efficiency/Low Carbon project.

Dedicated technical, research and business support

DE-Carbonise offers a comprehensive programme of assistance for SMEs seeking to reduce their carbon emissions in operations, production and supply chain. 

Participating businesses are introduced to a lead contact to discuss their needs and offer support throughout the programme. This would typically include:

Council support

Derby City and Derbyshire County Councils will provide carbon reduction audits, technical support and grants for site carbon reduction measures including:

Grants between £1,000 and £20,000 are available in Derby.

The grant covers 40% of the total cost of works (ex VAT), depending on the carbon saving.

How could DE-Carbonise help your business?

Watch this short video to find out about the support you could receive and how the project has already helped other businesses within the region.

Description of DE-Carbonise Project and how it has helped businesses in the region.

View DE-Carbonise Project video transcript

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Our academic team are at the forefront of developments in business sustainability. Find out more about their views on developments impacting the region by reading their latest blogs.

In addition to leading the DE-Carbonise programme, Dr Fred Paterson also leads the Low Carbon Business Network which supports pro-environmental SMEs across the East Midlands. His main interests are sustainable business, system leadership and how people learn to become leaders.

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Dr Polina Baranova is a Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management and Doctor of Business Administration. Her research lies at the intersection of strategy, business and society and she specialises in developing the environmental capabilities of organisations. 

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