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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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Environmental management system at Spanish printer

'Una mas' benefit thanks to EMAS... EMAS practices and eco-design principles delivered solid results for printer Results included less toxic chemicals used, energy savings and huge increase in...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
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Procuring sustainable products and equipment for offices

Companies can lower their environmental impact by using more sustainable office equipment including printers, office chairs, computer screens and so on. Using sustainability criteria, such as the...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 10-40 % 3 - 4 Year(s)
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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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Using green labelled recycled paper in offices

Every office needs a 'blue angel'   Recycled office paper is a viable 'green' alternative, saving businesses up to 13 % on paper costs Using recycled paper cuts CO2 emissions by 15 %, based on...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 10-15% 0 Year(s)
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University of British Columbia: sustainable procurement for...

Calculated 'green' decisions Procurement policy guides sustainability actions for staff, students, faculty Green choices are often cheaper or have a short payback on investment University of British...
Sector / Industry:
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 20-30% 0.5 - 1 Year(s)
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Procuring sustainable office supplies and consumables

Consumables such as paper, staples or beverages are cheap if you consider how often they are used and how easily they are replaced. The decision to use more sustainable suppliers is made easier today...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 5-15 % 0 - 1 Year(s)
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Training staff to improve resource efficiency in offices

In steering changes towards more efficient and greener performance in a company, it is important to engage staff in the process to ensure that they are on-board. It is always a challenge to change...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 10-30 % 1 - 3 Year(s)
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Smarter transport logistics with driver behaviour...

Track and trace paves way to better driving Software to track and train drivers boosts flet management efficiency Fuel economy improved by 11 % Fuel wasted through idling reduced by 68 % Scotia Gas...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 10-12% 0.5 Year(s)
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Professional software to optimise international...

Simple solutions to complex challenges Software enables centralised purchasing for multi-located company It results in more transport bundling, reducing costs and CO2 emissions Greiner Bio-One...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10-15% 1 - 2 Year(s)
Good practice

Lighting system based on long-life...

How innovative lighting reflects a company’s ‘green’ mood A lighting refit with much more at stake than energy savings Efficient light renders over 50 % energy savings Investment of € 631 000 saves...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 45-55% 5 - 5.8 Year(s)
Good practice

Total product redesign - diaper manufacturer

A diaper company applies cradle-to-cradle principles to its products It creates a reusable, disposable and partly biodegradable diaper gDiapers, a company producing diapers (nappies) decided to...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Good practice

Total product redesign - cleaning products

Clever 'post-mix' cleaners Company rethought its domestic cleaning products to reduce waste and costs They changed the composition and packaging of the product Replenish, a company producing domestic...
Sector / Industry:
  • Other
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste