News - 23 June 2020

ERDF Project to host event focusing on decarbonisation

EU Funded project De-Carbonise is to hold a free event for Small and Medium Enterprise businesses interested in the benefits of decarbonisation on 15 July from 10:00.

The event titled the De-carbonising and growing your business sustainably will share approaches to decarbonisation, as well as tools, techniques, and best practice across different sectors.

A range of experts will share insights into the latest innovations in decarbonisation, strategies for sustainable growth, and highlight the business support currently available for SMEs.

Attending businesses can also share their experiences, network, and learn new skills to support their business’ decarbonisation practices.

DE-Carbonise

The De-Carbonise project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund via D2N2 and hosted at the University of Derby in partnership with Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council.

DE-Carbonise follows on from the successful D2 Energy Efficiency/Low Carbon project and offers a comprehensive programme of assistance for small and medium enterprises seeking to reduce their carbon emissions in operations, production, and supply chain.

Participating SMEs can access a suite of carbon reduction support including a carbon reduction audit and report; grant funding to implement carbon reduction recommendations; technical support, consultancy and process improvements from academic teams within the University within a specific area of expertise and cohort-based learning and development for smart manufacturing and sustainable supply chain innovation.

Businesses will also be introduced to a lead contact to discuss their needs and support them throughout the intervention which can include an initial scoping phone call, business visit for a carbon reduction audit, carbon reduction opportunity report and a package of support.

Derby City and Derbyshire County Councils will provide carbon reduction audits, technical support and grants for site carbon reduction measures including improved insulation, lighting, heating and controls; efficient motors, compressors, equipment; electric vehicles, electric vehicle charge points; renewable energy generating technologies; resource efficiency and waste reduction and recycling.

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

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

To sign up for the De-carbonising and growing your business sustainably event go to the DE-Carbonise project website.

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