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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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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 %
Good practice

Staff training on EU Ecolabel at Capgemini in France

Proud to be labelled Eco-awareness leads to savings in electricity, water, gas 1 million kWh of electicity and 2.3 million kWh of gas saved in 8 years Paper and plastics use all significantly reduced...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0.5 - 1 Year(s)
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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

Energy and material assessment in Australia

Energy and material assessment, Australian style Welvic received a grant to evaluate ways to save resources and energy Small and large ovens were insulated and dust management systems improved Yearly...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 0.8 Year(s)
Good practice

Technology and product development for plastic exterior...

Glossy project Successful project refines a plastic-moulding process to deliver a better finish at less cost New process is 30 % more cost-effective than traditional glass-reinforced plastics The...
Sector / Industry:
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: 25-30%
Good practice

Sustainable packaging at Swiss mega-retailer

Avoid, reduce, enhance... 6.8 % less packaging on 250 best-selling products Saving 1 360 tonnes of material and using 1 300 tonnes of recyclables  Migros is Switzerland's largest retailer and...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10-25% 1 - 2 Year(s)
Good practice

Sustainable packaging of Auchan products

Eco-designs power a sustainability drive Since 2005, 12 040 tonnes of packaging has been eliminated on Auchan products In Poland, lighter water bottle caps saves 4.6 tonnes in plastics every year In...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10-30% 1 - 3 Year(s)