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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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Fine-tuned energy management in French cannery

Better data... in the can Carbon Footprint analysis points to the need for better, comparable data feeding optimised metering and operations Measures lead to 36 % savings on steam production and...
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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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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 %
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Energy-efficient refrigeration saves money at...

Lessons for all plants with cooling rooms A German meat-processing plant installed an interconnected refigeration system to reduce energy costs Yearly cost reduction of up to € 67 000 and CO2...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 Year(s)
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Centralised refrigeration saves energy in French...

Ophthalmic firm's sustainable vision Centralisation system eliminates cooling towers Optimised cold production and new technologies such as free-cooling Combined savings of € 49 887 yearly Essilor...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10 Year(s)
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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)
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Plastics factory adjusts temperature set-points...

The philosophy of energy saving Optimising cooling unit set-points saves energy and money 85 900 kWh (or 6 %) yearly energy savings Tecmaplast, a French plastics company, carried out an energy audit...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
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Adjusting plastic cooling temperature in packaging...

Simple measure packs an energy-saving punch Simple temperature reset cuts energy consumption by 72 200 kWh per year No investment costs Generates € 6 200 savings per year Founded in 1991, DS Smith...
Sector / Industry:
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
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Supermarket of the future

How cost-efficiency and sustainability can get along in big chains ... Major cost-conscious supermarket chain sets sights on sustainability too Eco-efficient lighting, heating, ventillation,...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
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Optimisation was the key to saving energy at Manuplast

Timing is everything! Optimising heating process, repaired leaks and energy-efficient motors cut 41 tonnes of CO2 annually Annual saving of € 5 000 In 2007, Manuplast carried out a complete energy...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 2 Year(s)
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Swedish manufacturer discovers quick energy-saving wins

Energy savings, no extra cost! Energy audit revealed simple, effective measures 10-12 % energy savings Plast Petter AB is a small Swedish manufacturer of plastic products mainly for use in offices....
Sector / Industry:
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
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Food-processing company achieves dramatic energy savings

Comprehensive environmental gains Natural gas consumption reduced by 491 802 m3 per year Reduced electricity consumption by 1 030.4 MWh per year CO2 emissions down by 2 411.28 tonnes annually...