New energy centre at food production and distribution hub unveiled

A new ‘Energy Centre’ aimed at minimising the carbon footprint of businesses within a food production and distribution hub in Derby has been unveiled.

The centre situated within the SmartParc development, a former Celanese site in Spondon, features a pioneering shared heating and cooling system.

This system recycles heat and disperses it throughout the site, creating a sustainable energy solution.

Described by Derby City Council as a “future-proofed energy balancing system,” it is believed to be an initiative within the food industry, setting a new standard for sustainable practices.

SmartParc, previously envisioned as a “food campus,” aims to revolutionise food production and distribution while generating up to 5,000 new employment opportunities.

Projections indicate that the system will yield annual carbon emissions savings of approximately 27,000 tonnes compared to conventional systems between 2024 and 2030.

Jason Dalby, head of strategic land at Segro, said: “A key part of our shared vision for SmartParc Segro Derby and part of the unique appeal of the development is to help building occupiers reduce their costs as well as their carbon emissions. Alongside high quality, sustainable buildings and investment in renewable power generation, the energy centre is a vital component of how we are achieving this.”

Councillor Baggy Shanker, leader of Derby City Council, said: “Innovation is at the heart of everything we do in Derby and SmartParc is a perfect example of this. I started my career on this very site 35 years ago and worked there for 23 years so it’s really special to see it regenerated and creating thousands of jobs for local people. Developments like the energy centre are essential in putting Derby on the map as a centre for excellence, innovation and sustainability.”