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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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Renewables and organic food lead Danish hotel...

Nature, gastronomy and hospitality in harmony Hotel offers 30-60 % organic food and beverages Focus on purchasing local resources and decreasing their portions to reduce food waste 15 % of total...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

Building with recycled concrete

Gold star for S&T centre Science hub rebuilds with recycled concrete Earns a 'gold certificate' for the sustainable efforts  Heilbronn, a city in Germany, opened in 2015 a science and technology...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
Good practice

Painting with foils

Colourful solutions German painting and coating specialist explores new techniques to boost quality Less faults translates into material and energy savings  The German paint and colour company Karl...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
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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)
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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 %
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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
Good practice

Monitoring with smartphones

Old meets new... Foundry explores new digital monitoring technology The new approach saves the company about 243 600 kWh of electricity per year The German foundry Kemptener Eisengießerei has taken...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Saving material and energy with laser sintering (3D-printing)

A sintering success Tool-maker investigates ways to cut its material waste and boost efficiency A type of 3D-printing technique proves effective  The German company Jomatik GmbH produces prototypes...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Symbiosis of forging and 3D-printing

Forging ahead German engineering firm explores new technologies to save resources 3D printing and laser melting techniques are employed to great effect Rosswag GmbH is a German metal-working company...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Digital product key for a one-piece-flow system

Firm grip on production Leading German manufacturer reviewed its production in search of efficiency gains By introducing a one-piece-flow system significant material savings were possible The German...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Material choices in eco-design

A better 'grada' of plywood for eco-design An ecological thermos-formable plywood material is made for ecological designs Benefits of the material include a faster manufacturing process and...
Sector / Industry:
  • Timber and woodworking
Resources:
  • Materials
Good practice

Engine manufacturer combines modular product...

As good as new... or better A Finnish engine manufacturer has maximised material efficiency by combining modular product design to remanufacturing Remanufactured engines can be better than the...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste