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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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Lightweight glass containers in brewery

Shedding some weight New lightweight beer bottle designs prove popular with customers while saving on material costs Lightweight packaging and containers can also cut transport costs and carbon...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Measure

Intelligent packaging in food and drink industry

Intelligent packaging is based on the idea that packaging is more than a container, it can also be a highly effective communication medium, carrying information on material flows and logistics (via...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

Biodegradable, handmade mattresses

Natural materials 'embedded' throughout! Bedding company improves its all-natural offer through involvement in pilot project Its recycling and 'take-back' scheme delivers 81 tonnes of material for...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Technology

Online reuse platform, Globechain

Globechain is an online reuse platform in Europe, a so-called “free-cycle for corporates”. It allows companies and charities to claim unwanted items from the retail, commercial and construction...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Construction
  • Office and administration
  • Service sector
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 20-30%
Good practice

Electrical reuse service

A wee scheme with big impacts Smart scheme diverts waste electrical and electronic equipment for re-use In this example, 5 tonnes of WEEE were diverted, saving € 15 500 and 109 tonnes of CO2...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

Saving lubricants with a float valve

Simple solutions can work a treat Metal-working company's manual spillage problem  Floating valves in the tanks prevent overflow and save some 3 % on lubricant use a year  The German company...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 2 Year(s)
Good practice

Smarter soldering techniques

Soldering made easy Soldering can lead to waste materials and requires chemical cleaners Innovative materials and approaches offer cleaner, greener alternatives The German company EUROMAT GmbH...
Sector / Industry:
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Metal specialist optimises pre-treatment to cut costs and...

Turning a need into a genuine opportunity Metal specialist rethinks its whole paint pre-treatment line   Massive time and cost savings, cleaner processes and a more streamlined process are the...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 Year(s)
Good practice

Thinner sheet steel saves resources, keeps quality

No trade-off required! Sometimes using lighter, thinner materials means less strength or other trade-offs German producer proves otherwise, saving up to 80 tonnes of raw steel a year The German...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

Metal processor uses dry machining and reduces hazardous...

Too many advantages to ignore Ballscrew-maker introduces a cleaner, faster, smarter dry machining process and the results speak for themselves Less hazardous waste, cleaner finish, mitigated...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 5 Year(s)
Good practice

Replacing liquid paint with powder coating saves...

Solving a solvent problem Hazardous liquid painting method replaced by powder coating requiring no solvents Reduces up to 98 % of VOC emissions, produces better, more efficient results, and less...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
Good practice

Standardising chemical product containers cuts...

Seeing room for improvement is where it all starts Plant identifies how to reduce hazardous waste, save money and improve efficiency Measures cut hazardous waste by around 33 %, save staff time, and...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 2 Year(s)