An energy efficiency project run by a partnership between Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council has been announced as a finalist at this year’s East Midlands Energy Efficiency awards.

The D2 Energy Efficiency project offers eligible small and medium sized businesses in Derby and Derbyshire advice and funding to help them become more energy efficient.

The project team’s work with local businesses has resulted in lower energy costs, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and improved working conditions for employees.

The project is the only one of its kind in Derby and Derbyshire.

Since the project launched in February 2017, the team of four have carried out 200 energy audits and awarded grants totalling £415,500 to 62 businesses across the city and county. The energy efficiency steps taken by business using the grant funding will save at least 1,760,930kWh, 663tCO2e and £160,000 per year.

Put in real terms, 1,760,930kWh is equivalent to:

  • enough energy to power 3,000 LED lightbulbs for 100 years or,
  • enough energy to power 500 laptops for almost 120 years or,
  • enough energy to power 107 homes for a year!

The team is currently working with over 200 SMEs, with another 100+ on the waiting list. All businesses which are eligible for support receive a free energy audit, advisory report and up to 12 hours of free energy consultancy.

David Gartside, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Planning and Streetpride commented:

“The D2EE project is providing a really valuable service promoting the win of reducing businesses’ carbon emissions and saving them money. We’re really pleased to have been shortlisted for this award.”


Who have the team worked with?

T Nutt & Sons Ltd received a grant of £3,297 to cover 65% of the cost of installing LED lighting in their office, showrooms, warehousing and workshop areas and external floodlighting was replaced with LED alternatives.

The grant also helped fund the replacement of three single glazed wood framed windows with A-rated triple glazed units.

David and Keven Nutt from T Nutt & Sons Ltd commented:

“It was very easy working with the D2EE team. We couldn’t fault the process and the advice given about how to invest in improvements. They suggested a number of ways that we could save energy, some of which we hadn’t thought of.

The whole process was very straightforward and staff were on hand to help us with the application form and in making the claim at the end.

It’s now much better in the store with the improved lighting – better for staff and for customers trying to match the colour flooring that they want. The office is much warmer with the triple glazing – we’ve managed on the storage heaters and not needed to use our extra portable heater at all. It’s also a lot quieter and we don’t hear the road noise like we used to, which makes it easier to have phone calls with customers.

Since getting the grant we’ve decided to invest our own money in other energy saving improvements like better insulation because we can see the benefit of doing it.

We’re very pleased with the result and the process in getting there – can’t say better than that.”

The team will find out if they’ve won the award at a ceremony on Wednesday 18th of April.

Could your business be the next to benefit from the project? Find out more, including how to apply, on our website.

The D2EE Low Carbon Project is run by a partnership between the University of Derby, Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council and is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.