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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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Ecodesign to extend the useful life of products

Consumers are fully aware of companies deliberately reducing the useful life of products through planned or built-in obsolescence, along with its negative impact on the environment. Extending the...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Measure

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
Measure

Drying out the timber not the profits

In a sawmill process, wood drying is a critical stage that can determine the end-product quality. When wood dries, it can suffer from bending, cracking, hardening or discoloration, and if not...
Sector / Industry:
  • Timber and woodworking
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.5 - 1 Year(s)
Measure

Maximising recovery rate in woodworking industry

Raw material costs in woodworking industry are significant: they form approximately 70-80 % of the total production costs of sawn wood and more than 50 % of the production costs of more downstream...
Sector / Industry:
  • Timber and woodworking
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Measure

Ecodesign for remanufacturing

Remanufacturing is the process of returning a product or component to a state of quality equivalent or superior to that of the original product. After the product is discarded by its user and picked...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 30-40 %
Measure

Full product recovery: circular economy strategy...

Currently, discarded products are often considered as ‘waste’, while in the best cases, some parts are recovered or the product is recycled to recover materials. A circular economy model closes the...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Measure

Use of recycled concrete

Recycled concrete (RC concrete) comes from construction waste which results from the reconstruction, demolition or dismantling of buildings, roads and other infrastructure using concrete. A first...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
Measure

Machine tool management system

A machine tool management system is used to collect data for efficient production planning. For example, it records the tools used to dliver specific orders and their operating condition at any given...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 10-20 %
Measure

Additive manufacturing

Additive manufacturing includes many technologies, like 3D-printing, rapid prototyping, direct digital manufacturing, layered manufacturing, and additive fabrication. They all have one main thing in...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Measure

Making use of leftovers - remanufacturing in the global fashion...

Pre-consumer textile waste in the cloth manufacturing sector is currently estimated at around 20 %. However, research suggests this figure could be much higher if all cutting scraps, production...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
Measure

Improving fabric use in clothing production

Fabric utilisation depends directly on marker efficiency. Markers are usually paper consumables showing the outlines of the pattern for making cutting and making clothes. CAD design tools are usually...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Measure

Reducing food waste improves profitability of grocery retail

When groceries end up as waste, the entire economic input used to produce and transport them is lost. In Finland, the value of food waste in the retail grocery sector has been estimated to be 1.5 %...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Carbon