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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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Procuring energy efficient computers

Computer comparison test Energy efficient computer is 7 % cheaper in terms of overall procurement costs Slightly higher investment costs are recuperated in one year Energy efficient model reduces CO2...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 5-10% 1 - 1.5 Year(s)
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Procuring sustainable products and equipment for offices

Companies can lower their environmental impact by using more sustainable office equipment including printers, office chairs, computer screens and so on. Using sustainability criteria, such as the...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 10-40 % 3 - 4 Year(s)
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Training staff to improve resource efficiency in offices

In steering changes towards more efficient and greener performance in a company, it is important to engage staff in the process to ensure that they are on-board. It is always a challenge to change...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Office and administration
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 10-30 % 1 - 3 Year(s)
Good practice

Professional software to optimise international...

Simple solutions to complex challenges Software enables centralised purchasing for multi-located company It results in more transport bundling, reducing costs and CO2 emissions Greiner Bio-One...
Sector / Industry:
  • All manufacturing industries
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10-15% 1 - 2 Year(s)
Good practice

Lighting system based on long-life...

How innovative lighting reflects a company’s ‘green’ mood A lighting refit with much more at stake than energy savings Efficient light renders over 50 % energy savings Investment of € 631 000 saves...
Sector / Industry:
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 45-55% 5 - 5.8 Year(s)
Good practice

Total product redesign - diaper manufacturer

A diaper company applies cradle-to-cradle principles to its products It creates a reusable, disposable and partly biodegradable diaper gDiapers, a company producing diapers (nappies) decided to...
Sector / Industry:
  • Textile and clothing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Good practice

Total product redesign - cleaning products

Clever 'post-mix' cleaners Company rethought its domestic cleaning products to reduce waste and costs They changed the composition and packaging of the product Replenish, a company producing domestic...
Sector / Industry:
  • Other
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Good practice

Smart packaging in paint industry

Life cycle map points the way forward An audit, as part of an EU-funded project, reveals where packaging can be rationalised at paint company Life cycle map highlights shipping and distribution...
Sector / Industry:
  • Other
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Good practice

Refrigerated transport partnership

​Unlikely tie-up delivers the goods  Strategic transport partnership between a flower business and a pet-food maker Cost savings of up to 50 % achieved thanks to combined transport Improved business...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 46-53% 0 - 0.08 Year(s)
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Technology and product development for plastic exterior...

Glossy project Successful project refines a plastic-moulding process to deliver a better finish at less cost New process is 30 % more cost-effective than traditional glass-reinforced plastics The...
Sector / Industry:
  • Metal and plastic processing
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: 25-30%
Good practice

Pest control in agriculture as a service

Bring in the experts! Farms traditionally own costly equipment, yet use them rarely or seasonally Specialist services, such as integrated pest management, can be paid for as and when they are needed...
Sector / Industry:
  • Food processing
  • Other
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: 0-3%
Good practice

Online asset-sharing platforms

Getting into the flow of asset-sharing Sharing under-used assets makes economic sense  Returns depend on the asset type, value and times it is shared Once a company identifies assets that it can ...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost 0-90% 3 - 10 Year(s)