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Measures, Technologies and Good Practices

Do you want to know how much different measures and technological solutions would cost and how much money and resources they can save for your business? This database offers such data in a concise and comprehensive format.

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A second life for rice waste

Viable plastic alternative Ten years of R&D pays off by discovering a second use for rice waste  Tackling an agricultural waste issue by transforming rice husk into plastics La Cámara,...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Reusing coffee grounds to produce vegetables and compost

The 4Ps of success SME collects and re-uses coffee grounds to produce mushrooms 25 % of turnover in 2018, concludes three years of increasing turnover PermaFungi, an urban agricultural and circular...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Waste
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Ecodesign to extend the useful life of products

Consumers are fully aware of companies deliberately reducing the useful life of products through planned or built-in obsolescence, along with its negative impact on the environment. Extending the...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
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Voluntary material efficiency commitment in the food industry

In the food industry, raw materials account for about 45 % of net sales. The cost of purchasing goods sold in the grocery trade is more than 70 % of turnover. Therefore, measures to improve material...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Fish manufacturer's no-waste approach

Not a single bone to waste... Food-processing company introduces ambitious zero food-waste programme in its fish production Company has also emphasised ecological packaging and managed to reduce...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Finnish grocery store's quick rewards from a...

Compact results City market identifies a high percentage of unrecycled plastic The results encouraged the store to invest in a compactor for plastic waste  In four months, several tonnes of plastic...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 0 - 0.5 Year(s)
Good practice

Low-impact and affordable housing in UK

Is this the future of sustainable community living? Affordable and ecological co-housing project in the UK pilots a new kind of community ownership scheme Housing is built with ecological materials...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Low-impact eco-architecture in Luxembourg

When low impact is a very good thing Biodiversium visitor centre in Luxembourg houses permanent exhibitions on environmental topics The wooden building was designed as a part of the redevelopment of...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Cutting back on food waste

Less waste, more profit Sandwich-maker targets food waste to save money A review reveals up to 80 % of waste can be recycled or reused By selling leftovers from sandwich and wrap production, Dublin-...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 0.2 - 0.3 Year(s)
Good practice

Sustainable catering saves money

The big sustainable swap Sustainable solutions introduced by major catering services company The move away from single-use cups leads to big savings and environmental gains Sodexo provides catering...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.1 - 0.2 Year(s)
Good practice

Water savings in a meat processing plant

Pressure goes down, savings go up Meat processor identifies excess water consumption during cleaning Calculations reveal where savings could be made but the end result maintained An audit of water...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 100% 0 - 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Converting waste heat from restaurant's kitchen into enegry...

Solving two problems at once Family-run restaurant made saving about € 6 000 annually from heat waste generated by ovens, fridges, etc. Kitchen staff benfit from more pleasant working conditions The...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1 Year(s)