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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
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Sawmill optimises timber drying

Making the most of a heated situation Finnish sawmill company improved its energy efficiency by 22 % Major savings were achieved by investing in new continuous drying kilns and related heat recovery...
Sector / Industry:
  • Timber and woodworking
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 7 - 8 Year(s)
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Converting waste heat from restaurant's kitchen into enegry...

Solving two problems at once Family-run restaurant made saving about € 6 000 annually from heat waste generated by ovens, fridges, etc. Kitchen staff benfit from more pleasant working conditions The...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 1 Year(s)
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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)
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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
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Energy efficieny in plastics painting

Investment in a new painting line pays off in many ways A plastic parts manufacturer improved their painting process energy efficiency by investing in waste heat recovery The plan is to improve...
Sector / Industry:
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 2 - 5 Year(s)
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Glue manufacturer saves energy with geothermal heat recovery

Hybrid system taps into natural sources Finnish manufacturer combines waste heat and geothermal in its hybrid heating and cooling system The clever system cut annual energy costs by € 100 000 and...
Sector / Industry:
  • Chemical and process engineering
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 2 - 5 Year(s)
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Simple audit led to energy savings in furniture production

Bulgarian furniture-maker invests in the future Furniture-maker saves € 1 500 annually by reviewing its production process Analysis of skills, technology and practices forms part of the company's...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • All sectors
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 1 Year(s)
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Heat recovery potential in small food factory refrigeration

Great recovery! Making the case for investing in chillers with heat recovery potential Payback can be as fast as two years Refrigeration systems cannot make heat disappear – they just move it from...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 2 - 5 Year(s)
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Restructuring work to keep a slaughterhouse afloat

When design, business, engineering and the environment all come together A tenancy change presents an opportunity to retrofit a slaughterhouse, making it more efficient and safer Measures generate...
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New evaporation and protein extraction system means savings...

Converting a challenge into an opportunity... Regional support and advice triggers energy-saving initiative which helps to meet effluent regulations Measures introduced cut CO2 emissions by 1 275...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10 Year(s)
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Biomass boiler cuts CO2 emissions at French cheese factory...

A biomass bonus Cleaner biomass boiler and energy recovery equipment cuts annual CO2 emissions by 7 000 tonnes and energy bills by 40 % Installation creates a full-time job and supports local economy...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost