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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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Aeronautics firm radically cuts waste and saves resources

Well-grounded waste reduction  Company cuts material consumption and waste by installing an evaporator Adjusting its purchasing policies and procedures and other good practices also saves resources...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: 3 Year(s)
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Efficient glass production saves energy...

Masterclass in glass manufacturing Combined measures, including a new furnace, greater use of recycled material and lightweight glass, deliver results For every 10 % of recycled glass used, 3 % of...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Good practice

Polish research institute sets up central printing system

Why carry on with the hassle of dozens of printers? Institute tackles its printing problems (50 individual printers) with a centralised printing system This offers more oversight, simpler maintenance...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 2 - 3 Year(s)
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Systematic work on environmental responsibility, Finland

Sustainable furniture-maker in Finland flies high Ecodesign and full lifecycle thinking permeate Finnish furniture-maker's production The company has achieved a Nordic Swan Ecolabel for several...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

Selling waste as secondary material

Neat return from a neat solution Market analysis reveals opportunity to turn waste into profit The company can make € 7 000 per year by on-selling plastic packaging at no additional cost The German...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
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Finnish sawmill does everything it can to minimise waste

Treating raw materials with respect Family sawmill takes every measure possible to conserve, reuse and recycle materials  Responsibility for the environment is important to the company  Siparila Oy...
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

Material audit improved reuse of residue fibres

Weaving savings from non-wovens Expert audit reveals ways to improve processes and better use waste materials Annual material savings of around 3 % of net revenue Suominen Kuitukankaat Oy is the...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 3%
Good practice

Successful material audit in tofu-making factory

Keep an open mind! External experts can see what needs doing from the outside-in Material audit halves biowaste production, identifies packaging and waste-saving options, and drives revenue up   Oy...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 5%
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Material efficiency audit tool for companies

A material audit is a practical tool for companies to improve the efficiency of their operations and to manage their material flows. With material audits, it is possible to identify those stages of...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Cascade system for powder coating pretreatment

Getting the full (pre)treatment Material efficiency report reveals where water and chemical savings can be made Measures introduced lead to a 90 % reduction in annual water use and 72 % chemical...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.5 - 0.7 Year(s)