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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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Sustainable and energy-efficient German bakery

Next step, CO2 neutral... Sustainable and energy-efficient bakery radically cuts CO2 emissions Its energy strategy reduces energy consumption by half Ihr Bäcker Schüren is a German bakery almost...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Measure

Ecodesign to extend the useful life of products

Consumers are fully aware of companies deliberately reducing the useful life of products through planned or built-in obsolescence, along with its negative impact on the environment. Extending the...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Technology

Oil-less compressors and compressed air as a service

Compressed air plays a major part in many industries and almost 13 % of all the industry-related electricity consumption goes towards generating compressed air. Traditional compressors use oil and...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 50%
Good practice

Energy overhaul in a printing facility

Smart systems to control energy  Extensive energy efficiency renovation in printing plant including artificial intelligence to control the new systems Modernisation of plant managed to significantly...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 2 - 3 Year(s)
Good practice

Cutting back on food waste

Less waste, more profit Sandwich-maker targets food waste to save money A review reveals up to 80 % of waste can be recycled or reused By selling leftovers from sandwich and wrap production, Dublin-...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 0.2 - 0.3 Year(s)
Good practice

Water savings in a meat processing plant

Pressure goes down, savings go up Meat processor identifies excess water consumption during cleaning Calculations reveal where savings could be made but the end result maintained An audit of water...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 100% 0 - 1 Year(s)
Good practice

Family-run meat company targets resource efficiency

Cold truths about hot water  Meat production company targets high refrigeration and hot water costs A new heat exchanger channels waste heat from freezers towards the factory's hot water needs ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 40% 3 Year(s)
Good practice

Biomass for sugar production

Sweet taste of success Sugar factory optimises its whole energy management systems Measures identified and implemented result in € 272 000 in annual savings Illintsi Sugar Factory produces 10 800...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.7 Year(s)
Good practice

Environmental and economic effects...

A total transformation Clean production measures in a medium-size brewery resulted in a significant increase in the quality level of new products Measures helped to reduce heat waste, wastewater and...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 7 - 8 Year(s)
Good practice

Meat and food company saves through continuous improvement

Thinking holistic... Production development programme is key to continuous improvement in meat/food company It factors in production, materials and sustainability in a holistic approach Finnish meat...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Evaporation method reduced plant’s energy...

Low steam ahead Energy audit identifies prime opportunity to save energy on inefficient evaporation treatment Using mechanical vapour recompression (MVR) to separate water from condensed liquids is...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Technology

Evaporative solution brings savings

With advanced evaporation solutions, industrial steam consumption can be reduced significantly, by up to 40 %. One example of an advanced evaporation solution is the Mechanical Vapor Recompression (...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 40%