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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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Reusable materials tackle waste in food production

Upstream solution to a downstream waste problem Raw materials supplied in large returnable containers Recuced waste by 4 tonnes per year Handling time and workload reduced  Marie is a French...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
Good practice

Cost-effective recycling radically cuts IBC waste and...

Paper factory writes new chapter in recycling  Waste recycling saves € 30 000 and cuts actual waste by 37 tonnes per year Measures reduce emissions by 32 tonnes CO2 annually Ahlstrom is a French...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
Good practice

Waste recycling makes a big difference at Nantes Conference...

Cleaning up after the MICE in Nantes Waste management saves € 2 000 per year Avoids 3.7 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year The meetings, inventives, conferences/conventions, exhibitions (MICE) sector...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 Year(s)
Good practice

Energy efficiency as competitive advantage

Rethinking energy intenstive operations pays off Laundry learns that being green can be cost-effective too Operating costs are kept down through waste-heat use and biodegradable detergents reduce the...
Sector / Industry:
  • Other
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Tackling waste in a French hospital

Much better diagnosis... Combating food wastage saves 1.2 tonnes of waste Small recycling investment avoids 1.6 tonnes of packaging In 2011, the Saint-Thomas de Villeneuve Hospital in Brittany was...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 0 - 1 Year(s)
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
Measure

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
Measure

Sustainable packaging in food and drink industry

Packaging is a major part of the food and drinks sector. As awareness grows of the need to minimise the environmental impact of packaging throughout the product life-cycle, innovative companies are...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

French architectural firm designs sleek energy positive...

Marriage of design and environmental ambition! Strong energy management measures and renewable energy installations (PV and Canadian well)  Net-positive energy building, selling € 12 000 in surplus...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 20-50% 1 - 5 Year(s)
Measure

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)
Technology

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)

Implementing a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) hosts a desktop operating system through a centralised server. This means no need for individual PCs, as employees access the system and their...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 30-50%
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Fleet management software

Fleet management software helps organisations (public and private) streamline operations relating to their fleet of vehicles, from vehicle acquisition through maintenance to disposal. The main...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Waste management and recycling
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 8-25% 0.08 - 0.5 Year(s)