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DE-Carbonise your business

If you run a small or medium-sized business in Derbyshire or Derby you could  be eligible for free energy support.

European Union Regional Development Fund

The DE-Carbonise project can help you reduce carbon emissions, save costs and become more sustainable. The current project is finishing in October 2022 and all audits and grants are fully allocated.

Further funding and support may be available from autumn 2022.

Free carbon reduction surveys

The DE-Carbonise team visits businesses to find opportunities to reduce carbon emissions including:

  • efficient lighting
  • insulation
  • heating and cooling systems
  • compressors
  • motors
  • process equipment
  • renewable energy
  • resource efficiency
  • waste reduction
  • low carbon transport
  • staff behaviour change
  • operational improvements

Grants for carbon reduction measures

DE-Carbonise grants are no longer available. Grants of up to £20,000 have been allocated to 78 businesses to support carbon reduction measures in Derbyshire. The grants covered up to 40% of the total cost of works (excluding VAT), depending on carbon savings.

Support for carbon reduction

Further technical support, consultancy and advice on improving processes is available through the project, based on recommendations from the carbon reduction report.

There is also an opportunity for cohort-based learning and development for smart manufacturing and sustainable supply chain innovation.


The carbon reduction survey is available to SMEs in Derbyshire and Derby. SMEs are defined as companies with less than 250 employees and either a turnover of less than €50 million or a balance sheet total of less than €43 million. They must be no more than 25% owned by a company that is not an SME.

How to apply

To register your interest in future support, please contact the DE-Carbonise team, email:

The DE-Carbonise 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 Investments Funds Growth Programme 2014 to 2020.