De-carbonising the construction supply chain with Ward

Our DE-Carbonise project team are working with metal recycling and waste management specialist, Ward, to increase sustainability and reduce emissions among the local construction supply chain.

Ward’s sustainability team and our Business School are collaborating with a group of forward-looking local contractors, helping them to innovate and improve their waste practices, moving towards increasingly circular forms of resource management.

Joanne Upton, Environmental Officer at Ward, said: “With our extensive experience in bulk metal recycling and ISO accredited waste management solutions, we are well placed to support building and construction firms to adopt a ‘zero to landfill’ approach.

“Ward is committed to working directly with businesses to help them become more sustainable. This project is a fantastic way for us to engage directly with our local supply chain and SMEs, to promote the circular economy, reduce emissions and improve environmental impacts across the region.”

Low Carbon Business Network Lead at Derby Business School, Associate Professor, Dr Fred Paterson, added: “The University of Derby is excited to be working with Ward and our DE-Carbonise construction cohort of SMEs to see what we can achieve. 

“There is enormous goodwill amongst companies of all sizes in the construction supply chain to collaborate on making the essential shift towards a net-zero carbon economy and our national Clean Growth targets.

“Ward is a great example of this, and we look forward to working together to find practical solutions that help smaller companies, in particular, contribute to and benefit from the shift to a sustainable construction sector.”

DE-Carbonise is an ERDF funded collaboration between the University of Derby, Derby City and Derbyshire County Councils. It supports local small-and-medium-sized businesses (SMEs) to radically improve their energy and resource efficiency.

It aims to help SMEs based in Derby and Derbyshire, in any industry, to reduce carbon emissions, save costs and become more sustainable through grants, technical support and a free carbon reduction audit and report. This could result in the implementation of more efficient lighting, insulation, heating/cooling systems, through to transport upgrades or cultural behaviour changes.

Grants for between £1,000 and £20,000 are available to support any carbon reduction measures in Derby and Derbyshire, covering up to 40% of the total cost of works (excluding VAT), depending on the carbon saving.

In addition, businesses can receive further technical support, consultancy and process improvements based on recommendations from the carbon reduction report.

Find out more about the DE-Carbonise project.