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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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Clean production for energy savings and reduced waste-...

Strong results start with a firm commitment  A raft of energy savings and efficiency gains thanks to clean production methods employed under enhanced EMS Reduced waste and boosted energy performance ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1.4 Year(s)
Measure

Monitoring material streams in the office

Measuring and monitoring resource use is a key skill that all organisations should master, regardless of size or sector. It should be one of the first steps your organisation takes to improve its...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 5-30 %
Measure

Green labelling and certification for infrastructure,...

Green labelling, also known as 'Ecolabelling', is a recognised scheme for businesses to communicate the environmental credentials of products they put on the market. The Ecolabel stimulates the...
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Consider the need for a sustainability officer

A relatively new management role, sustainability officers are top executives who determine how a company or organisation can best address environmental sustainability issues. Specifically, they may...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10-30 % 2 - 3 Year(s)
Good practice

Environmental management system at Spanish printer

'Una mas' benefit thanks to EMAS... EMAS practices and eco-design principles delivered solid results for printer Results included less toxic chemicals used, energy savings and huge increase in...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
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Renting and leasing

Renting and leasing means that you can use a product without owning it. This can be favourable, for example if you only need a certain tool once, or if it is a complex tool that needs a lot of...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 5-20 % 1 - 8 Year(s)
Measure

Assessment and improvement of production line...

Changes and improvements to production infrastructure can significantly reduce raw materials used, and related costs of storage, as well as boost manufacturing efficiency. According to McKinsey...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 5-50 % 1 - 1.5 Year(s)
Good practice

Better oversight of materials and energy...

Taking the next step to sustainability Furniture-maker goes a step further to boost its energy and resource efficiency Input-output analysis pinpoints hidden costs in production and beyond Moretti...
Sector / Industry:
  • Timber and woodworking
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
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Implementing a waste-management system

The core goal of a waste-management system is to think of ways to improve a company's handling of non-product outputs (waste with zero or negative market value), and implement measures to minimise...
Measure

Introducing an environmental management system

A certified environmental management system (EMS) is a coherent strategy for reducing your environmental impact, complying with legislation and setting continuous improvement targets in a systematic...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 - 10 Year(s)
Measure

Positive incentives for employees to reduce resource use

Positive incentives for employees are closely related to information, education and training activities. While information and training are often the first steps, this measure focuses on positive...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 5-10 % 0.5 - 1 Year(s)