DE-Carbonise Project

The DE-Carbonise project helps small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire increase their sustainability and save money by reducing energy costs and carbon emissions. Find out if we could help your business.

European Regional Development Fund Logo with blue background and circle of gold stars.


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.

Making carbon reduction easier

There is a lot of talk in the media about net zero and carbon reductions, but if you’re not an expert in this area, it can feel overwhelming and difficult to know where to start. That’s where the DE-Carbonise project can help. It offers a comprehensive programme of free support for local SMEs who want to reduce their carbon emissions and improve their business.

This support usually includes:

The support is provided by a multi-skilled team, made up of experts from our University and the city and county councils. This includes technical researchers from our Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering (IISE) and supply chain specialists from our Business School.

Eligibility criteriaRegister your interest now

How the councils can help

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.

Watch the video

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

Business Sustainability Blogs

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.

Clean growth - one of the greatest industrial opportunities of our time

Derby: leading the way in sustainable development

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. 

Entrepreneurial networking for environmental sustainability

Sustainability fine-tuning: seven ways to maximise ‘green’ business growth opportunities

Expression of Interest form

* Indicates a required field