Reducing energy, materials use and waste

DS Screenprints and Nostalgic Clothing operate from shared premises in Derby. The companies have invested steadily in energy and carbon saving initiatives each year, making improvements such as replacing print machinery with lower energy versions and upgrading lighting to LED with a previous grant from Derby City Council.

Why did they engage with DE-Carbonise

The companies approached the City Council for advice on the next steps in carbon saving and two main items for investment were identified: replacing the old compressor with a new, efficient model with a larger air tank and installing solar panels on the large roof space.

What has been the impact of working with DE-Carbonise?

Following the advice from the DE-Carbonise team, the company fixed compressed air leaks and then installed a new compressor with efficient motors. A variable speed model was considered, but the limited energy savings did not justify the additional cost. A 38 kWp solar array was fitted on the roof at the same time.

These investments are forecast to reduce the company’s carbon footprint by 10.5 tonnes per year. The company noticed immediately that the amount of electricity imported from the grid fell sharply. An advantage of the new compressor is the reduced noise levels, which improve working conditions. 

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About DE-Carbonise

DE-Carbonise is a three year collaboration between the University of Derby, Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council, which 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.

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