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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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Timber drying: top loading

Top loading is an effective method to reduce the twisting of timber during drying. Top loading can be applied using weighted blocks, such as concrete, laid on top of the timber stacks loaded in the...
Sector / Industry:
  • Timber and woodworking
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1-3% 0.5 - 1.5 Year(s)
Good practice

Re-designed minced meat packaging brings savings

Clever packing, bigger savings Finnish meat processor innovates to save money and cut waste in packaging Easy-to-open vaccuum packs improves quality while saving on materials In 1992, the meat and...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Technology

Laser and X-ray scanning of logs

Log scanning and sorting brings significant savings for sawmills Combined laser and X-ray scanning technology for log measuring helps improve sawmilling material efficiency in multiple ways. Under...
Sector / Industry:
  • Timber and woodworking
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.5 - 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Manufacturing oil-absorbent rugs from used textiles

Textile company's textbook circular economy case Textile company looks for ways to cut waste and develop new products A solid test case for circular economic thinking, diverting waste from landfill...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Materials
Technology

Condition Based Maintenance (CBM)

Condition Based Maintenance service (CBM) is based on the remote monitoring of key parameters and operational data to predict the state of equipment. A custom-made report is provided to the customer...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
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
Good practice

Efficient stock management and portion control reduce...

Tonnes of reasons to be efficient Restaurants achieve savings of € 30 000 annually by reconsidering portion sizes and optimising stock Measures also cut back on food waste  Two Glasgow-based...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 2 - 5 Year(s)
Good practice

Engaging shopping mall staff about the environment

Growing greener... an original Implementation of a first-of-its-kind assessment scheme - the Growing Greener pledge - which has analysed the core sustainability components of a shopping mall and...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Office and administration
  • Service sector
  • Waste management and recycling
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 5 Year(s)
Good practice

Converting distillery waste into a product and energy

Waste not want not... Company reconsiders waste as a by-product to achieve huge energy savings The approach cuts waste volumes, which has positive impacts on operating expenses Diageo Ltd. is the...
Sector / Industry:
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 40-50% 2 - 3 Year(s)
Good practice

Sustainability measures in Bulgarian hotel

Lessons learned in sustainablility Hotel achieved good results in sustainable management, renewable energy, water consumption reduction, and waste management Numerous best practices emerged from the...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0.08 Year(s)
Good practice

Reusable packaging, returning customers

At least 20 uses... A Finnish company provides reusable packaging for online stores The innovative circular economy business model has led to several awards For customers, advantages include short...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

Plastic part manufacturer cuts material losses by...

​A big step in the right direction Plastep implemented Lean methodology in their entire production Lean has helped them engage personnel and continuously improve their processes As a result, material...
Sector / Industry:
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost