Improving understanding on how to improve emissions

Westville has goals of leading sustainable initiatives within a notoriously conservative construction industry that, although being at the very centre of a sustainable future, has more to do to accelerate change. As a result, the ERDF DE-Carbonise project supported Westville to establish where the company currently stands with sustainability and how it can improve. 

Why did they engage with DE-Carbonise

Westville wanted to understand how it could improve its emissions. In the emissions breakdown, the largest proportion of the carbon emissions is concentrated around vans (57%), followed by materials (25%) and cars (12%). The company can transition to electric vehicles and change the materials source from primary material production to open-loop alternatives. 

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

An emissions audit calculation was produced. For this study, the University of Derby suggested a phased transition to electric vehicle alternatives because, while more expensive to purchase than similar diesel models, adopting electric vehicles can save companies money on fuel and tax, as well as significantly reduce the fleet’s carbon dioxide emissions. 

The key indicators for decarbonisation include a phased move towards the use of electric vehicles and a reduction in energy consumption

The study advised Westville to: 

Next Steps

The collaboration with Westville is currently ongoing.  

The DE-Carbonise Team has recently supported Westville with a waste audit to review options for waste management. 

The current area of collaboration is around Air source heat and use of PVs. 


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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