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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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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

Ecodesigned fume cupboards save materials and costs

Safer labs, better environment! Lab specialist uses LCA and ecodesign principles to improve its production efficiency Analysis showed where material savings could be made and parts removed to cut...
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

Reduced use of chemicals in a hotel

Green and lean still keeps hotel clean For small hotels, meeting Ecolabel criteria can be a call to action An opportunity to use green alternative cleaning agents and review the volumes needed while ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
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

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)
Measure

Smart marketing for sustainable products and services

Companies are trying to use more sustainable processes and resources to match growing environmental and social awareness. Changing processes and resources incur some costs for the companies, but can...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Service sector
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.5 - 2 Year(s)
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
Good practice

World’s first product packaging made from ocean plastic

Packaging inspired by sea urchins Company sets up a business model to create packaging out of plastic marine debris Pioneering recycling process for plastic marine debris is developed Method, a...
Sector / Industry:
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
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...
Good practice

EU certification and ecolabel is key to biotech business model...

Unique selling point for 'green' biotech Growing bio and chemical business built around respect for environment Pioneering efforts to obtain certification and push for greener alternatives Ecolabels...
Sector / Industry:
  • Chemical and process engineering
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 5-10% 0.5 - 2 Year(s)