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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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Life cycle assessment – Levi’s jeans case

LCA for 501s ... Levi's iconic 501 brand of jeans was put through a full life cycle assessment which revealed a number of valuable insights One pair of jeans uses equivalent to 3 days’ water usage by...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Capping materials and emissions at cap manufacturer

Putting a lid on energy losses Spanish firm discovers a whole world of ways to save energy, materials and costs  Its resulting measures earn it a prize at the European Business Award for the...
Technology

Solution dye for polyester

Experts estimate that up to 11 % of the 'cradle-to-factory gate' carbon footprint of a 100 % polyester ladies top, for example, is due to the yarn dyeing stage. Coloured polyester fibres may be more...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: 0 Year(s)
Good practice

Preheating transport ladles

Cast-iron measures Company instals a more efficient burner system for preheating casting ladles Energy savings come to around € 29 000 a year The German casting company ACO Guss GmbH, with about 300...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 2.2 Year(s)
Good practice

Casting titanium components instead of milling

Titans of metal casting Technical advances in metal casting presented an opportunity to save resources Titanium casting and precision-milling technique led to large savings: 80 % energy and 75 %...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 75%
Good practice

'Green IT-in-a-Box' centralised system saves costs

Thinking outside, and inside, the box Superfast and green IT solution saves family business money  50 % energy savings cut operating costs by around € 2 181 Discounted Office Supplies (DOS) is a...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 50% 0.08 - 2 Year(s)
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)
Measure

Focus on durability in new asset building

Extending the lifetime of a product (asset) has a number of environmental advantages: less resource extraction, less energy embedded (the direct and indirect energy required to produce goods plus the...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 5-10 % 1 - 10 Year(s)
Measure

Training staff to improve resource efficiency in offices

In steering changes towards more efficient and greener performance in a company, it is important to engage staff in the process to ensure that they are on-board. It is always a challenge to change...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 10-30 % 1 - 3 Year(s)
Good practice

Smarter transport logistics with driver behaviour...

Track and trace paves way to better driving Software to track and train drivers boosts flet management efficiency Fuel economy improved by 11 % Fuel wasted through idling reduced by 68 % Scotia Gas...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 10-12% 0.5 Year(s)
Good practice

Lighting system based on long-life...

How innovative lighting reflects a company’s ‘green’ mood A lighting refit with much more at stake than energy savings Efficient light renders over 50 % energy savings Investment of € 631 000 saves...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 45-55% 5 - 5.8 Year(s)
Good practice

UK meat producer's waste-prevention campaign

Tackling mounting energy and waste bills as business grows Experts helped SME address energy and waste issues as business grew 54 tonnes of waste and 174 tonnes of CO2 equivalent avoided annually Led...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost