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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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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
Measure

Passive house

Passive House is a building that does not require much conventional building heating on account of its thermal insulation and airtightness with very energy-efficient windows and ventilation system....
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 15 Year(s)
Measure

Drying out the timber not the profits

In a sawmill process, wood drying is a critical stage that can determine the end-product quality. When wood dries, it can suffer from bending, cracking, hardening or discoloration, and if not...
Sector / Industry:
  • Timber and woodworking
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0.5 - 1 Year(s)
Measure

Wastewater is a resource too

The average consumption for EU member countries is 128 litres per inhabitant per day and most of it turns into wastewater. The status of wastewater has improved tremendously over the past few years....
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
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Ecodesign for remanufacturing

Remanufacturing is the process of returning a product or component to a state of quality equivalent or superior to that of the original product. After the product is discarded by its user and picked...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 30-40 %
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Full product recovery: circular economy strategy...

Currently, discarded products are often considered as ‘waste’, while in the best cases, some parts are recovered or the product is recycled to recover materials. A circular economy model closes the...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Measure

Efficient water fittings in guest areas

Water consumption in public spaces is highly variable, and depends on the services offered and the number of visitors on any given day. Installation of efficient fittings, selected through 'green'...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Water
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 - 1 Year(s)
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Biomass heat for accommodation services

Biomass heating systems can be used for space heating in buildings, hot water and production, or any combination of these. The most relevant source of biomass heat for the accommodation sector is...
Sector / Industry:
  • Hotel and restaurant
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 3 Year(s)
Measure

Energy audit model for industrial SMEs

This audit model is developed for industrial SMEs to lower the threshold for auditing. A two-step energy review is primarily intended for SMEs in which the process of energy use and efficiency of the...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 16 % 0 - 2 Year(s)
Measure

Machine tool management system

A machine tool management system is used to collect data for efficient production planning. For example, it records the tools used to dliver specific orders and their operating condition at any given...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 10-20 %
Measure

Additive manufacturing

Additive manufacturing includes many technologies, like 3D-printing, rapid prototyping, direct digital manufacturing, layered manufacturing, and additive fabrication. They all have one main thing in...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Measure

How to find which part of HVAC should be retrofitted

Diagnosis of a building can help designers and architects to decide which aspects should be retrofitted in order to improve the energy efficiency of the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (...
Sector / Industry:
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost