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The D2 Energy Efficiency team is now working on the DE-Carbonise project offering grants and support to small and medium-sized businesses to reduce carbon emissions.
The D2EE project provided support to businesses in Derby and Derbyshire between November 2016 and October 2019.
The D2EE project carried out energy audits at over 300 businesses to identify measures to improve energy efficiency.
Based on audit report recommendations, grants of between £1,000 and £15,000 were given to a total of 168 businesses, totalling £957,460. These grants were for measures such as more efficient lighting, insulation, heating/cooling systems, compressors, motors, process equipment and solar panels.
The implemented measures are saving 1,179 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent and around £352,000 per year.
The D2EE project won the East Midlands Energy Efficiency Awards in 2018 and 2019. The project was also shortlisted for the Institute for Environmental Management and Assessment Sustainability Impact Award for Consultancy and Collaboration and was a finalist for the Association for Public Service Excellence Service Award for Best Renewable Energy or Energy Efficiency Initiative.
Some examples of energy efficiency improvements supported by the D2EE project can be seen via the link below.
The D2 Energy Efficiency Project is 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.