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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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Scottish farm develops diverse energy mix

The sun... perfect for energy and ice-cream sales Sustainable farm in the UK combines, wind, sun and biomass power plants Combined, these renewable sources meet 70 % of the farm's energy needs Mackie...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Measure

Programmable heating systems to reduce energy use

Effective, controllable heating systems can help businesses to reduce energy consumption, with associated cost savings and reduced CO2 emissions. Heating in the workplace is most effective – and...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Measure

Sharing farm machinery

The season of sharing Labour and machinery savings between € 28 and € 57 per acre Smaller farms can gain access to more modern and larger machinery Reduce labour requirements as farms can pool...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 0-40 %
Good practice

Energy awareness theme week helps tech-services...

Involve everyone and see the results! Metso implemented an organisation-wide energy saving theme week to engage everyone in boosting energy efficiency in daily work The campaign activated employees...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost
Good practice

Sodium-vapour lamps replaced with LEDs and smart lighting...

Motion-guided light hits the spot! A lighting refit in a logistics centre in Finland saves on energy and helps the environment 75 % saving on light costs recorded with a payback on investment of ...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 6 Year(s)
Good practice

Daylight atmosphere for an industrial hall

Brighter, safer working environment A major lighting overhaul to efficient LEDs delivers results Leading to more comfortable, safe and energy efficient lighting in the production facilities  Hartwall...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 2.4 Year(s)
Good practice

Smart maintenance measures at Finnish contract food-maker

All in good taste Outsourcing energy to local biofuel producer made sense Benefits to local economy, green image, better control over fuel costs Maustaja is a contract food-maker located in Pyhäntä,...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
  • Food processing
Resources:
  • Energy
Good practice

Finnish furniture-maker cuts material losses

Big picture reveals widespread savings options Material losses due rapid production cycles and variety of products addressed Materials audit identifes 50 areas for improvement Whole production chain ...
Sector / Industry:
  • Timber and woodworking
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 0 - 0.1 Year(s)
Measure

Energy efficient lighting in industrial SMEs

Lighting is a major energy cost in industrial SMEs, especially for properties using old or poorly configured lighting technology.  By improving lighting systems a plant can save significant energy....
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Measure

Maintenance of pumps

Maintaining your pumps is not just important for increasing their lifetime and effectiveness, which reduces costs, but also to avoid unexpected breakdowns that can slow or stop production. In most...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
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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 %
Measure

Energy awareness campaign: small actions but big energy savings

Training and communication are important tools when you want to make sure that the measures to increase the efficiency of energy use are implemented successfully. Train and guide personnel in energy...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost