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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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Sharing farm machinery

The season of sharing Labour and machinery savings between € 28 and € 57 per acre Smaller farms can gain access to more modern and larger machinery Reduce labour requirements as farms can pool...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 0-40 %
Good practice

Supply chain collaboration in food and drink sector

A good 'rap' for waste reduction Food producer extracts further waste and costs-savings thanks to lean supply chain discipline 1 680 tonnes of waste reduction targeted through 17 projects and 110...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Good practice

Reusable materials tackle waste in food production

Upstream solution to a downstream waste problem Raw materials supplied in large returnable containers Recuced waste by 4 tonnes per year Handling time and workload reduced  Marie is a French...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 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
Measure

Applying sustainability requirements to packaging suppliers

Sustainable packaging may include packaging made from recycled (e.g. paper, plastic) or bio-based materials, reusable packaging, take-back schemes, etc. In order to save resources in line with...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 15-30 % 1.2 - 1.5 Year(s)
Good practice

Production of recycled paper products

Greening the paper trail  A company providing paper, visual communication and packaging decided to improve its CSR strategy It developed an eco-analysis tool to communicate the benefits of recycled...
Sector / Industry:
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Measure

Using secondary materials in your business

What one company or sector considers a residue, byproduct or waste, another company or industrial sector only sees potential raw materials. More and more industries are trying to transform their...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 25-50 % 1 - 5 Year(s)
Good practice

Industrial symbiosis ecosystem in Denmark

The human factor Working together for a common good is at the heart of symbiotic relationships in businesses too Long-term success thanks to the commitment of the companies and all staff involved ...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Good practice

Environmental product declaration in the mooring sector

Opening sustainable salvo a success   Environmental declaration by large marine accessories producer Part of wider strategy to raise awareness of sustainable production Vicinay Cadenas is the first...
Sector / Industry:
  • Other
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Measure

Procuring sustainable products and equipment for offices

Companies can lower their environmental impact by using more sustainable office equipment including printers, office chairs, computer screens and so on. Using sustainability criteria, such as the...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 10-40 % 3 - 4 Year(s)
Good practice

Using green labelled recycled paper in offices

Every office needs a 'blue angel'   Recycled office paper is a viable 'green' alternative, saving businesses up to 13 % on paper costs Using recycled paper cuts CO2 emissions by 15 %, based on...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 10-15% 0 Year(s)
Good practice

University of British Columbia: sustainable procurement for...

Calculated 'green' decisions Procurement policy guides sustainability actions for staff, students, faculty Green choices are often cheaper or have a short payback on investment University of British...
Sector / Industry:
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 20-30% 0.5 - 1 Year(s)