An energy efficiency project run by a partnership between Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council has been announced as a winner 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 is the only one of its kind in Derby and Derbyshire and has been successful in retaining the title of ‘Energy Efficient Council of The Year’ for a second time.

Energy Efficiency Award winners
Energy Efficiency Award winners

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

Since the project launched in February 2017, the team of four have carried out 354 energy audits and awarded grants totalling £897,000 to 150 businesses across the city and county. The energy efficiency steps taken by business using the grant funding will save at least 3,425,600kWh, 1,152 tonnes of carbon emissions and £342,000 per year. Put in real terms, 3,425,600kWh is equivalent to enough energy to power 210 homes for a year

The team is currently working with over 293 SMEs and is keen to engage with more local businesses; only 20 grants remain for eligible SMEs in Derby city! All businesses which are eligible for support receive a free energy audit, advisory report and up to 12 hours of free energy consultancy.

Further information on the project, including case studies and how to apply for support, is available at To stay up-to-date with the team’s activities, follow @_D2Energy on Twitter.

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.