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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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Engaging shopping mall staff about the environment

Growing greener... an original Implementation of a first-of-its-kind assessment scheme - the Growing Greener pledge - which has analysed the core sustainability components of a shopping mall and...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Office and administration
  • Service sector
  • Waste management and recycling
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 5 Year(s)
Good practice

Leading on resource efficiency, Welsh government

Tackling food waste as a priority Welsh government explored ways to reduce food and packaging waste Tackling food waste alone saves more than 16 tonnes of CO2 and over € 4 000 (£ 3 600) in costs per...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

Innovative procurement strategy to embed...

Flexible working environment, flexible furnishing City council explores innovative ways to re-use and refurbish existing furniture to create a new office environment Novel approach to procuring...
Sector / Industry:
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Good practice

Collaborative workplace is inspirational and sustainable

Inspired ideas... green results! Public health body creates a unique workplace, embedding sustainability as a core principle Innovative approach to procuring re-used, remanufactured office equipment...
Sector / Industry:
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Good practice

Embedding sustainability in procurement...

The natural way to zero waste... London museum seeks to establish a sustainable procurement policy and strategy Received support for six projects to help them embed sustainability into their...
Sector / Industry:
  • Office and administration
  • Other
  • Service sector
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Good practice

Re-used and re-manufactured office furniture

Foresight for office furniture ... who would have thought! Foresighted procurement ensured successful bidders could not only new office furniture but solutions for re-using items Total project C02 ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
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)
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

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)
Good practice

Using recycled paper to cut waste at printing company

Zero tolerance policy to tackle paper waste Printing company implemented a zero-waste strategy 70 % of the paper now used is from recycled stock Seacourt Print Ltd, a printing company with strong...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost