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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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Eco-friendly hostel in Estonia

 Circular economy, the Green Key to being more eco-friendly Small hostel finds simple and cost-effective eco-friendly measures make all the difference in the circular economy Measures covering...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

Green CIP delivers multiple benefits in dairy production

Leaning towards clever cleaning   Employing CIP cuts caustic soda use by some 90 %, and energy and water use by 50 % each It also decreases cleaning downtime, boosts productivity and generates...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Ice pigging in dairies

What's in a name? Dairies explored benefits of employing ice pigging in their production cycles Results showed substantial cost and environmental savings Yeo Valley Farms and BV Dairy in the UK...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 2.2 Year(s)
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Implementing minimum-quantity lubrication principles

In the machining process, cooling lubricants play an important role in carrying away metal chips, cooling the workpiece and lubricating the area between tool and workpiece. The lubricant usually runs...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 25-78 %
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
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Green cleaning in place (CIP)

Green cleaning in place, or Green CIP for short, is a technology enabling the re-use of caustic soda during parts cleaning in food and drink production. The principle is that pipes and tanks are...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
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Ice pigging for flushing pipes

Ice pigging is an efficient method to remove sediment from pipelines, for example in food-manufacturing plants. As the semi-solid ice slurry is pumped through the system, it scrapes the pipes and...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1.6 - 2.2 Year(s)
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Customer outreach: how to extend product lifetimes

Two key factors determine a product's lifetime: the way it is designed and built, and whether consumers choose to properly maintain (repair) or to replace it. Manufacturers are in control of the...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

Using environmentally friendly cleaning supplies

Green, clean and surprisingly lean on the budget Green cleaning products cost 7 % less than conventional products per 1 000 litres used Less water is needed to dillute and dissolve green cleaners...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0-8% 0 - 0.5 Year(s)
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Optimisation of cleaning-in-place systems

Since the 1950s, clean-in-place (CIP) systems have been reliably used to clean inside surfaces of tanks and pipelines in liquid process equipment to avoid costly downtime associated with lengthy...
Sector / Industry:
  • Chemical and process engineering
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1-5 % 1 - 3 Year(s)