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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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Reducing food waste improves profitability of grocery retail

When groceries end up as waste, the entire economic input used to produce and transport them is lost. In Finland, the value of food waste in the retail grocery sector has been estimated to be 1.5 %...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Carbon
Good practice

Leading on resource efficiency, Welsh government

Tackling food waste as a priority Welsh government explored ways to reduce food and packaging waste Tackling food waste alone saves more than 16 tonnes of CO2 and over € 4 000 (£ 3 600) in costs per...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

Innovative procurement strategy to embed...

Flexible working environment, flexible furnishing City council explores innovative ways to re-use and refurbish existing furniture to create a new office environment Novel approach to procuring...
Sector / Industry:
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Good practice

Collaborative workplace is inspirational and sustainable

Inspired ideas... green results! Public health body creates a unique workplace, embedding sustainability as a core principle Innovative approach to procuring re-used, remanufactured office equipment...
Sector / Industry:
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Good practice

Embedding sustainability in procurement...

The natural way to zero waste... London museum seeks to establish a sustainable procurement policy and strategy Received support for six projects to help them embed sustainability into their...
Sector / Industry:
  • Office and administration
  • Other
  • Service sector
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Good practice

Sustainable procurement to deliver sustainable housing

The right stuff ... partners in affordable housing Cardiff Council sought the right partners to build affordable and sustainable housing that delivers benefits to the economy and community Expert...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
  • Other
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Measure

Surplus food redistribution

Food redistribution is where surplus items, which would otherwise end up as waste, are made available for other uses and consumption. Companies, charities and individuals can all benefit from the...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
Good practice

Recycled and repurposed rubber materials save money

Welcome ... to recycled rubber mats Welcome mats using recycled rubber, as good as new but 10-15 % cheaper to make Circular economy player before the notion existed The Belgian firm Verimpex has been...
Sector / Industry:
  • Other
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: 10-15%
Good practice

3D printing for next-generation eye-wear

Eyeing off the future in glasses Inspiration led to eye-wear frames made in metal and plastic using 3D printing  Unique and tailored designs are possible Unprecedented material efficiency; almost no...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

New yarns from discarded fishing nets

Collaborative solution to ghost fishing ... Collaborative programme for gathering and recycling old nylon fishing nets makes a business case for saving vulnerable marine environments  80 387...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

Clean production for energy savings and reduced waste-...

Strong results start with a firm commitment  A raft of energy savings and efficiency gains thanks to clean production methods employed under enhanced EMS Reduced waste and boosted energy performance ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1.4 Year(s)
Good practice

SOUL, sustainable packaging for eggs

Heart and soul of green packaging Packaging specialist worried about large volumes of sludge containing reusable fibres New egg carton design leads to reduced waste and annual savings of € 20 000...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste