Research into how city weathers climate change
RESEARCH into how cutting carbon emissions could create jobs is to be carried out through a new partnership in Derby.
The University of Derby, Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council are joining up to research opportunities for carbon- reduction activity in the local economy.
The low-carbon economy is estimated to be worth £3 billion in the UK and the authorities want to have a clearer picture of the value within Derbyshire and ways to help firms bring down their carbon footprint.
Students and lecturers at the university will now research how companies might take advantage of this evolving market.
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Derby and Derbyshire already boast a raft of companies at the forefront of carbon-reduction technologies and many large businesses are committed to reducing their energy consumption and environmental impact.
The project will look beyond the big firms to identify opportunities for the wider business community.
Councillor Hardyal Dhindsa, city council cabinet member for planning, environment and public protection at Derby City Council, said: "This partnership will allow the local area to benefit from greater understanding of low-carbon opportunities and create new jobs to tackle climate change."
Derbyshire County Council member for regeneration Councillor Kevin Parkinson added: "The low-carbon economy offers real opportunities to develop new businesses and employment."
Spanning a 12 months period, the project will involve both the university's Business School and the School of Technology. Findings are expected to be published in August 2013.
Dr Christine Jones, from Derby Business School, said: "We are delighted to be delivering research which will benefit the local area as well as providing excellent opportunities for our students to engage with local firms and learn the strengths of the local economy."