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.
The project team’s 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 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 at Derby City Council commented:
“The D2EE project is continuing to provide a really valuable service to Derby businesses by supporting them in practical ways to reduce their carbon emissions and in turn, their business costs. We’re really pleased to have won this award which clearly demonstrates our commitment to supporting local businesses. The team work extremely hard and this award is recognition of that.”
Derbyshire County Council’s head of economic regeneration Frank Horsley said:
“We’re thrilled to receive this prestigious award alongside our partners at Derby City Council. It recognises the county council’s ongoing commitment to promoting sustainable, low carbon business practices across the county.
“The ERDF-funded D2EE project has enabled us to put this commitment into practice by directly supporting Derbyshire businesses to make a difference to both the planet and their bottom line.
“Green business is good business and is vital to both productivity and profitability as well as helping Derbyshire meet its ambitious growth targets”.
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.