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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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Full product recovery: circular economy strategy...

Currently, discarded products are often considered as ‘waste’, while in the best cases, some parts are recovered or the product is recycled to recover materials. A circular economy model closes the...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

Material audit improves production

Working together to deliver excellence Innovative Finnish building components maker sought advice to become a leaner and greener producer An audit revealed up to 68 proposed changes that could...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
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Lean organisations: the path to continuous efficiency improvement

Global competition and fast changes in markets require companies to develop efficient processes and operations, and to streamline their whole value chain. The Lean methodology can be used to improve...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Technology

Online reuse platform, Globechain

Globechain is an online reuse platform in Europe, a so-called “free-cycle for corporates”. It allows companies and charities to claim unwanted items from the retail, commercial and construction...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Construction
  • Office and administration
  • Service sector
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 20-30%
Good practice

Electrical reuse service

A wee scheme with big impacts Smart scheme diverts waste electrical and electronic equipment for re-use In this example, 5 tonnes of WEEE were diverted, saving € 15 500 and 109 tonnes of CO2...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

Polish research institute sets up central printing system

Why carry on with the hassle of dozens of printers? Institute tackles its printing problems (50 individual printers) with a centralised printing system This offers more oversight, simpler maintenance...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 2 - 3 Year(s)
Measure

Material efficiency audit tool for companies

A material audit is a practical tool for companies to improve the efficiency of their operations and to manage their material flows. With material audits, it is possible to identify those stages of...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Waste recycling makes a big difference at Nantes Conference...

Cleaning up after the MICE in Nantes Waste management saves € 2 000 per year Avoids 3.7 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year The meetings, inventives, conferences/conventions, exhibitions (MICE) sector...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 Year(s)
Good practice

Tackling waste in a French hospital

Much better diagnosis... Combating food wastage saves 1.2 tonnes of waste Small recycling investment avoids 1.6 tonnes of packaging In 2011, the Saint-Thomas de Villeneuve Hospital in Brittany was...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 0 - 1 Year(s)
Good practice

French architectural firm designs sleek energy positive...

Marriage of design and environmental ambition! Strong energy management measures and renewable energy installations (PV and Canadian well)  Net-positive energy building, selling € 12 000 in surplus...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 20-50% 1 - 5 Year(s)
Technology

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)

Implementing a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) hosts a desktop operating system through a centralised server. This means no need for individual PCs, as employees access the system and their...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 30-50%
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Technology

Fleet management software

Fleet management software helps organisations (public and private) streamline operations relating to their fleet of vehicles, from vehicle acquisition through maintenance to disposal. The main...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 8-25% 0.08 - 0.5 Year(s)