D2N2 plans to use our competitive advantage to build on expertise in the low carbon transport technologies and dual fuels sector, including Toyota and Rolls Royce, and data from Department for Environment and Climate Change (DECC) suggests employment in the low carbon economy here is amongst the highest of all LEP areas.
Employment: 269,800 with 190.800 people employed in the Low Carbon supply chain giving a total of 460,600 (Low Carbon Sector Action Plan November 2015)
The D2N2 area has significant research & innovation expertise through connections with University of Derby, University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University which has been beneficial to reducing carbon emissions. D2N2 is also a significant contributor to power generation in the UK, with the potential to exploit the move to more renewable sources of energy.
With ambitious and legally binding targets set in relation to carbon reduction to 2050, coupled with the significance of climate change and the low carbon economy are also likely to present commercial opportunities for the entire D2N2 business base either through the development and provision of low carbon goods and services. This includes low carbon housing and retrofit or through savings in areas such as energy or waste reduction, providing a market for local low carbon economy businesses.
The D2N2 Sector Action Plan for low carbon focusses on three main themes: Low Carbon Transport Technologies, building the sector and low carbon communities. To view the sector action plan, click here. The plan was revised in November 2015 through the Sector and Skills Advisory Group for Low Carbon Goods and Services.
The Infinity Park site of the Derby Enterprise Zone was announced in the 2014 Autumn Statement. Work has been progressing on site and the Innovation Centre is due to be opening in the near future. The site has links to low carbon transport technologies and the second phase of the T12 road is seeking approval to improve connectivity between the site, the M1 and East Midlands Airport. The site plan for Infinity Park is available by clicking here.
In a recent report by Sustainability West Midlands of how all 39 LEPs are tackling climate change, D2N2 have been praised on their response to the issue. To find out more about the review or to download a copy, click here.
The Environmental Technology Centre application from the University of Nottingham has recently been approved for ERDF Funding to deliver assistance to SMEs to improve their innovation, environmental and financial performance. Providing them with access to emerging and established technologies and the expertise derived from research to enable them to incorporate these technologies into their operations.
To find out more about the Environmental Technology Centre and how to engage with it, please contact the D2N2 Growth Hub on 0333 006 9178 or firstname.lastname@example.org Alternatively you can visit their website www.nottingham.ac.uk/etc/ or call 0115 8466894.
Through the D2N2 Growth Hub, a number of low carbon businesses have been helped.
Case studies for these businesses are available below:
Evolve Growing Solutions
Low Carbon Wall Panel
RA Tech (UK) Ltd.