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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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Finnish furniture-maker cuts material losses

Big picture reveals widespread savings options Material losses due rapid production cycles and variety of products addressed Materials audit identifes 50 areas for improvement Whole production chain ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Timber and woodworking
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0 - 0.1 Year(s)
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Supermarket collaborates with charity to reduce food waste

From food problem to food solution Programme to convert food waste into a food solution brings Tesco and FoodShare, a charity, together More than 300 tonnes of food diverted to those in need since...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

Integrity Seal for frozen chips

Seal of approval Trademarked sealing technology proves its worth on potato product lines Improves output speed and quality, reduces costs and associated production and food waste McCain Foods Ltd. in...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: 10-30%
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Material audit improves production

Working together to deliver excellence Innovative Finnish building components maker sought advice to become a leaner and greener producer An audit revealed up to 68 proposed changes that could...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Measure

Implementing minimum-quantity lubrication principles

In the machining process, cooling lubricants play an important role in carrying away metal chips, cooling the workpiece and lubricating the area between tool and workpiece. The lubricant usually runs...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 25-78 %
Good practice

Re-used and re-manufactured office furniture

Foresight for office furniture ... who would have thought! Foresighted procurement ensured successful bidders could not only new office furniture but solutions for re-using items Total project C02 ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

Only PEFC certified wood in play and fitness products, Finland...

Sustainable fitness check Finnish play and fitness set producer makes the case for sustainable wood Wood is CO2 neutral since it absorbs the same amount while growing as emisions generated end of...
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Supply chain collaboration in food and drink sector

A good 'rap' for waste reduction Food producer extracts further waste and costs-savings thanks to lean supply chain discipline 1 680 tonnes of waste reduction targeted through 17 projects and 110...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Good practice

Film packaging, reducing fresh produce waste

Packaging tech tackles fresh food waste Successful trial of gas permeable packaging solution leads to full roll-out Solution has potential to cut product waste by up to 50 % throughout the supply...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Good practice

Reducing corrugated cardboard weight

How to lose weight... in packaging at least The boom in online shopping and delivery has revealed an issue with packaging weight, strength and general suitability Packaging specialists see an...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
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Reducing food and packaging waste in egg supply chain

Sturdy recycled PET packaging proves reliable  Supermarket launches trial of rPET packaging to cut food waste from damaged eggs The new cartons reduce egg waste, are 30 % lighter, have a 44 % lower...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Measure

Lean organisations: the path to continuous efficiency improvement

Global competition and fast changes in markets require companies to develop efficient processes and operations, and to streamline their whole value chain. The Lean methodology can be used to improve...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon