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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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Engaging shopping mall staff about the environment

Growing greener... an original Implementation of a first-of-its-kind assessment scheme - the Growing Greener pledge - which has analysed the core sustainability components of a shopping mall and...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Office and administration
  • Service sector
  • Waste management and recycling
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 5 Year(s)
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Solar shading for energy efficient building

Solar shading describes a number of systems used to control the amount of heat and natural light that is admitted into a building. As an integral part of the 'building envelope' in buildings with...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Construction
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Office and administration
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10 Year(s)
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

Smart hand dryers

Handy technology New hand dryers mean energy and cost savings while providing useful information A library expects to save € 22 640 on washroom facilities The British Library had an annual spend on...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 0.5 Year(s)
Technology

Energy efficient light bulb design

Efficient by design Tala LED® manufactures and retails energy efficient filaments and light-emitting diode spotlights. With the company’s mantra of ‘conservation through beauty’, the products combine...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Office and administration
  • Service sector
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0.75 Year(s)
Good practice

Polish research institute sets up central printing system

Why carry on with the hassle of dozens of printers? Institute tackles its printing problems (50 individual printers) with a centralised printing system This offers more oversight, simpler maintenance...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 2 - 3 Year(s)
Good practice

Heat extraction in summer leads to year-round energy savings

Cool response to a heated situation Channelling heat out of the printing plant saves air-conditioning costs Substantial energy savings (9 MWh) 2.9 tonnes less CO2 emissions, saving around € 2 040 a...
Sector / Industry:
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 0.5 Year(s)
Good practice

Energy savings by regulating operating times

Towards real-time room occupany monitoring Hourly programming system saves 63 000 kWh electricity and 39 000 kWh heating annually Zero investment saves € 8 500 per year The Nantes Conference Centre...
Sector / Industry:
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
Good practice

Regulating room temperatures saves conference centre...

Protocol for power-saving proves successful Regulated room temperature saves vast sums of electricity No investment cost, but € 9 700 in annual power savings  Reduces CO2 emissions by 24.2 tonnes...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: 0 Year(s)
Good practice

French design agency showcases its low-energy office

Green architecture, by design  Air heat pump produces 2.2 times more energy than it consumes 82 m2 of photovoltaic panels produce 11 600 kWh per year Fluid’ Concept, a design agency specialising in...
Sector / Industry:
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

French architectural firm designs sleek energy positive...

Marriage of design and environmental ambition! Strong energy management measures and renewable energy installations (PV and Canadian well)  Net-positive energy building, selling € 12 000 in surplus...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 20-50% 1 - 5 Year(s)
Good practice

Ecocert in France creates its own energy positive building

Leading by example...​ Geothermal energy, PV solar panels, insulating materials Building produces 1.4 kWh energy per 1 kWh consumed Quantity of bio-sourced materials: 143 kg/m2 Ecocert, a French...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 100%